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Leshan Giant Buddha Tours

Standing 233 feet (71 meters) tall, the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds the record as the largest Buddha sculpture in the world. A Buddhist monk—hoping to earn divine protection for the local fishermen—carved the massive statue into a cliff, starting in 713. Ninety years later, the carving was finished.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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.
 
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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Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu, Chengdu, null
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Private Tour: Leshan Giant Buddha and Fishing Village from Chengdu

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This enjoyable day trip from Chengdu takes you by comfortable high-speed train to the Leshan Giant Buddha, built in China’s Tang Dynasty,over 1300 years. As ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

From USD $109.00
Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha, Chengdu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Tour: Chengdu Panda Breeding Base and Leshan Giant Buddha

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

Enjoy a trip to popular Chengdu Panda Breeding Base, Leshan Giant Buddha Statue, and Chengdu Tianfu Square. English-speaking tour guide and air-conditioned ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $109.82
Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda and Leshan Buddha, Chengdu, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Panda and Leshan Buddha

Please notes: According to the notice of Leshan Grand Buddha Scenic Spot Management Committee, from Oct. 8, 2018 to Feb. 4, 2019, the damaged area of the ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Private Tour: Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Grand Buddha, Chengdu, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour: Chengdu Panda Base and Leshan Grand Buddha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit two of China's top attractions on this private full-day tour to the Chengdu Panda Base and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Grand Buddha in Leshan. Get ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.50
Private Day Tour: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center and Leshan Giant Buddha, Chengdu, Private Day ... 
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Private Day Tour: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center and Leshan Giant Buddha

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The giant pandas are not only Chinese national treasures but also beloved by people around the world. This full day customized private tour guarantees the best ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $112.50
Private Tour: Day Trip to the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu, Chengdu, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Day Trip to the Leshan Grand Buddha from Chengdu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

See the world’s largest stone Buddha statue! Standing at an astounding 233 feet (71 meters), the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grand Buddha of Leshan is proof ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Private Day Trip: Leshan Grand Buddha with Lunch, Chengdu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Trip: Leshan Grand Buddha with Lunch

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Admire the world's largest Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this 8-hour private trip from Chengdu. You'll visit the 8th-century Grand Buddha at Leshan ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.44
Chengdu Highlights Small-Group Day Tour of the Panda Research Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha, ... 
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Chengdu Highlights Small-Group Day Tour of the Panda Research Base and the Leshan Giant Buddha

Join in this full day small-group coach tour and you will visit Chengdu's lovely pandas and the magnificent Leshan Giant Buddha. Being the natural habitat of ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $119.50
Giant Panda and Leshan Buddha Day Trip from Chengdu, Chengdu, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Giant Panda and Leshan Buddha Day Trip from Chengdu

Take this one day Giant Panda and Leshan Buddha day trip to see the cute pandas and the hill-big Buddha. As Chinese national treasures, giant pandas live ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
1 Day Private Tour of Leshan Giant Buddha Via Bullet Train, Chengdu, Nature & Wildlife
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1 Day Private Tour of Leshan Giant Buddha Via Bullet Train

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Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha statue in the world. It is said the Buddha is a hill, and the hill is a Buddha. Tourist can walk down from his head ...  Read more

Location: Chengdu, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.50

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