3 days Mount Emei in-depth tour
Leshan Grand Buddha is the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. And it was begun to built in 713AD in Tang Dynasty, took more than 90 years to finish this huge statue. And it sits at Lingyue Mountain, at the Giant Buddha Cliff, you will find out a lot of stunning small buddha caves, you will be astonished by this human project.
Mt.Emei lies in the southern area of Sichuan basin. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. It is towering, beautiful, old and mysterious and is like a huge green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. There are two scenic areas at Mt.Emeish, one is at half of Mountain - most temples, pavilions are at the below half mountain, also the monkey area. The other is the main peak- Golden summit, which is 3099 meters above the sea level, seemingly reaching the sky. Standing on the top of it, you can enjoy the snowy mountains in the west and the vast plain in the east. In addition in Golden Summit there are four spectacles: clouds sea, sunrise, Buddha rays and saint lamps.
Leshan Grand Buddha and Mt.Emei both were enlisted in the world natural and cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 1996.
Be met & pick up at the hotel around 7:30 and drive to Chengdu Panda Base. The Panda Base is located about 10km away from downtown Chengdu, there are about 50 pandas living here, here you will approach the pandas and take a closer look and even take a photo with them if you want. Morning is the best time to see pandas since it is their feeding time, which they are at their most active. Afterward drive to Leshan, upon arrival at Leshan, you will have lunch at one of the local restaurants. Leshan food is regarded as the most delicious food in Sichuan.
After lunch, you will be arranged to have a boat tour (about 1 hour) to visit Leshan Grand Buddha, which is the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. The grand Buddha was completed in 803 of Tang Dynasty after 90 year's construction and enjoys the fame of the biggest sitting stone sculpture in the world with a 71-meter height. Carved on the cliff face, the sculpture is well designed with perfect balance and effective water drainage system. Later afternoon, drive to Mt.Emei, check in and have a good rest. Overnight Emeishan Hot-spring Hotel (4-star hotel).
After breakfast drive to visit Baoguo Temple, then take the local sightseeing bus to Wannian bus Park, upon arrival you can choose to take a cable car or walk about 40 minutes to Wannian Temple, which was built in Tang Dynasty and is the biggest temple at Emei scenic area. Afterward walking to visit Qingying Pavilion, Niuxin Temple along the way to Monkey area. Emei Shan is very famous for monkeys, but please be careful of them.
Lunch will be at Wuxiangang, then take a local sightseeing bus up to Leidongping (1.5 hours). From Leidongping you need to walk about 15 minutes to Jieyin Hall, there take a cable car to Golden Summit (or if you choose to walk up, then it takes about 2-3 hours).
Free explore Golden Summit, and if the weather is good, you may see Buddha Rays and saint lamps. Overnight at Golden Summit hotel ( 3 star hotel).
Early Morning go to see sunrise at Golden Summit, visit the Huazang temple, Golden summit Buddha Statue. In a clear day you will also see the Gongga Mountain which is the highest peak in Sichuan, called 'the King of Shu'. After lunch take sightseeing bus down to Baoguo Si bus park, our driver will meet you there and drive back to Chengdu. End your tour once you arrive at your hotel in Chengdu.