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Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)

Mt Emei, Shizhong, Southwest China

The Basics

A day tour to the Buddha statue from Chengdu starts with a scenic 2-hour drive, often followed by a guided tour of the statue. The tour also stops at several of the Buddhist temples that surround the statue, including the Grand Buddha Temple located behind the giant Buddha's head and Wuyou Temple, where you'll find some of the best views of the statue.

You can also take a boat ride on the Mingjiang River to see the Buddha from a different perspective. Tours to the statue are frequently combined with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and if you have an extra day in your itinerary, it's possible to combine your visit to the statue with a tour of Mount Emei, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains and another UNESCO-listed site.

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Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu
Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu
$219.00 per adult
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Amazing!!
What an amazing tour! Everything was super well organized and I really loved every minute of it. Taking the train is definitely the way to go as we didn’t have to deal with traffic despite the fact that it was a holiday.
Irene P, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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Giant Buddha Indeed
Lindsay_V, Jul 2020
Leshan Giant Buddha Day Tour
It was a great trip! It’s about 2 hours by car from downtown Chengdu. My driver, Wu Chen, was great and helped me a lot once we got to the site (tickets, etc). It’s not too bad of a climb to the top from the main entrance. You can also opt to climb down to the feet and then climb 20 stories back up again but I chose not to do that. Overall the trip went smoothly and I would highly recommend it!
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Great way to see both the Pandas and Leshan in 1 day
J L S, Dec 2019
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train
I really loved the trip, it was very well organized and the only trip offering both attractions in 1 day. Sharleen was my guide and she was patient, informative and a pleasure to be around. The bears are terribly cute and a joy to see. Lunch was excellent and seeing the grandness of the Buddha was very memorable. Overall a great day and highly recommend.
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Chengdu Private Tour with Panda Base, Leshan Giant Buddha and Lunch
katrinn2004, Oct 2019
Chengdu Private Tour with panda base,Leshan giant Buddha, and Lunch
I went to Chengdu for a day and this type of excursion was a perfect for me. The driver name was Mr. Van and he was very professional and polite. My tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and respectful, he helped me during my trip, he knew the best spots to take pictures AND observe the pandas. Jason took me to best restaurant in Leshan where he ordered a local cuisine. I really enjoyed my tour!
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Great Expirence
JosephC2717, Sep 2019
Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu
Had a great day, The Tour guide - Sharlene. was on time, in fact she arrived early, The tour was well organised, went off without a hitch. Sharlene's English was good, and has a lot of knowledge. she was able to answer any of my questions. The Buddah was magnificent, well worth seeing. Went on a weekday to avoid the tourist jam
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Great day out
holidayqueen10, Jul 2019
Chengdu Highlights Tour of Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha
A great day out. Bella was really informative and a great tour guide. Loved seeing the pandas. would definitely recommend this trip.
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Great day trip!
Phillyrich, Jul 2018
Full Day Panda and Leshan Giant Buddha Group Tour
We combined 2 great attractions near Chengdu, starting with a morning trip to see the Giant Panda Research Center, followed by the amazing Leshan Giant Buddha in the afternoon. I highly recommend this tour as these are 2 attractions not to be missed when visiting Chengdu, and you can see them both in 1 day. Both can get a bit crowded but if you get to the pandas in the morning you can beat some of the crowds.
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It was very nice trip. Starting with...
Chalita S, Apr 2017
Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu
It was very nice trip. Starting with High speed train which is convenience and comfortable for me and my mom. We had spend a whole day in Giant Buddha. The local delicious nice lunch was offered. Highly recommended for who have a short time visit in Chengdu.
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Thank you to Bella for the most...
aheathwood, Mar 2018
Private Tour of Chengdu Panda Center and Leshan Giant Buddha
Thank you to Bella for the most wonderful day. This tour was amazing but Bella was the best tour guide ever. We would definitely recommend this tour. Thank you Bella!
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My wife, myself and our 2 year old...
Felipe S, May 2018
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Chengdu Giant Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha Trip by High-Speed Train
My wife, myself and our 2 year old son had a fantastic experience visiting the panda base and the Leshan Buddha. Our guide Ivy was very knowledgeable and always ready to help, which just contributed to make that an unforgettable day. We highly recommend Ivy and this tour.
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Our guide was outstanding. The tea...
trlosch, May 2017
One-Day Tour: Authentic Sichuan Tea House and Leshan Giant Buddha
Our guide was outstanding. The tea house is a real treat. And Victor took us to some really fun places to eat during the day. He was great and the day was a lot of fun. I rate Victor 5 stars but the overall tour only gets 4 stars because the Leshan Giant Buddha is a bit underwhelming. Cool, just not amazing. But the day was totally worth it.
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Excellent trip led by Nancy. Very...
Corbin W, Jan 2017
Private Tour of Chengdu Panda Center and Leshan Giant Buddha
Excellent trip led by Nancy. Very informative tour. Next time I would choose to hike up the Giant Buddha rather than viewing it from the boat.
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Simply fabulous tour, particularly...
Shivesh R, Jan 2017
One-Day Tour: Authentic Sichuan Tea House and Leshan Giant Buddha
Simply fabulous tour, particularly the old tea-house experience. My guide - Victor - was extraordinarily good. As a fellow photographer we shared much in common and he got me to the righ places at the right time for great photos. His passion, knowledge and professionalism was better than most guides I have had in China. Highly recommended

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Leshan Giant Buddha is a must-see for first-time visitors.

  • Day trips to the statue from Chengdu typically last eight to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • Be prepared to climb up and down steps that could be challenging for those with limited mobility.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.

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How to Get There

Located 85 miles (137 kilometers) south of Chengdu, the Leshan Buddha is best visited on a day trip from the Sichuan capital. To get there independently, take the long-distance bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station in Chengdu to Leshan Xiaoba Station and then take Bus 13 to the site.

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When to Get There

Due to Leshan’s rainy climate, it’s best to visit during the spring or fall when temperatures are warm and relatively dry. The area receives about 80 percent of its annual rainfall during the summer.

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Notable Details of the Stone Buddha

To help protect the giant Buddha statue from Leshan’s frequent rainfall, its builders constructed a hidden drainage system—a series of gutters and channels that displace rainwater to help protect the integrity of the statue. Among the other interesting features are 1,012 buns of coiled hair embedded into the carved head of the Buddha.

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