AM: At around 08:00, our English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from Chengdu downtown hotel.
Today you are going to admire the tallest stone Buddha in the world,Leshan Giant Buddha. It took 90 years for three generations of craftsmen to accomplish this 71-meter-high statue. There is more to it than what you see with your eyes. For example, there are 1051 buns of curly hair on the head of the Buddha, and it has an invisible irrigation system just behind its ears and head. Your knowledgeable tour guide will share the history and some fascinating stories of the colossal Buddha. Please note that it involves lots of stairs. Highly recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and watch your steps.
Friendly Tips: There are 2 ways to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, one is climbing up the mountain, one is taking a cruise along the river to take far view of it. Climbing up the mountain was included in the package as most tourists said this way is better. Taking cruise is optional. If you would like to take cruise instead of climbing up the mountain, or if you want to try both these 2 ways, just ask your tour guide for assistance.
Noon:Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After visiting at Leshan Giant Buddha, drive to Emei Mountain. Stay overnight at the foot of Emei Mountain and get well prepared for tomorrow’s hiking over there.
Emei Mountain located in Emeishan City, boasts both picture-perfect scenery and long-standing Buddhist culture. Taking on the aura of one of “Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains” in China, it’s a real holy land for Buddhist pilgrims. The tales of its mysterious Buddhism and images of its breathtaking views has flittered through to the whole China and other countries, making it a must-visit site in Sichuan Province after Chengdu, Leshan Giant Buddha and Jiuzhaigou. It does have plenty to excite the eyes and the mind on Emei Mountain: stunning sunrise and sea of clouds, Buddha’s Halo (it’s unusual and only if lucky enough will you meet it), Monkey Zone, Elephant Bathing Pool, and those Buddhist temples with lengthy past like Baoguo Temple and Wannian Temple.
After breakfast, come to the Tourist Center of Emei Mountain and hop on shuttle bus to Wannian Temple Parking Lot. Have a short warming-up and step on the stairs to Wannian Temple (Hiking there is about 30-40 mins, cable care is available and optional with cost on your own). Wannian Temple is one of oldest temples on Mt. Emei with birth dating back to 399 BD. Sheltered in the dense trees, Wannian Temple stands quietly like a wise old man experiencing the whirligig of life and negating the surface desire. A statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva sitting on a white elephant built in 980 BD is housed in the temple as a priceless treasure.
The main part of hiking begins from Wannian Temple and Leidongping waits for you 22 km away as the final destination. Alongside the hiking route, you will pass several sites treating you both stunning natural sights and culture at temples: Xixin Temple, Chudian, Huayan Temple, Jiulinggang Hill and Elephant Bathing Pool. The strong religious atmosphere in those temples joined with the fascinating environments on the mountains drives the mental exhaustion of busy life and work out of your body. Hiking about 14km, you will come to Elephant Bathing Pool at an elevation of 2070 meters. It’s misty around there due to the dense woods and higher altitude. Mirror-like pool is embedded on the mountain reflecting the overhanging eaves of the temple and green twigs of trees. Pause for breath there for a while and continue the challenging hiking.
After 7.5km’s hiking, you will get to the destination: Leipingdong where you will overnight. Get your legs relax and have a good rest at the local hotel.
Today’s highlight is the Golden Summit, also called Huazang Temple, located at the main peak of Mt. Emei. Sunrise and sea of clouds are strongly expected by each traveler. There are 2 options to get to the Golden Summit for sunrise from Leipingdon: hiking and cable car. If hiking (7.5km), you need to get up at 4am while cable car opens at 5am and you can get up later. However, it’s up to you to get up early for sunrise. You can sleep in if sunrise is not on your must-do list.
The second half of hiking to the Golden Summit is a real challenge due to the sheer trail while the first half is easy relatively. Please watch out your steps and grasp firmly the iron chains. The breathtaking views on the summit makes everything worthwhile. Warp yourself up to alleviate the chill in morning and wait for red sun rising from roaring clouds. You can’t help crying for the amazing moments and press the shutter to record the beautiful scenes. Apart from sunrise, the sea of clouds and Huazang Temple is also worthy of visit. The grand temple nestled on the mountain top worships a bronze Maitreya Buddha statue and collects plenty of precious relics. Praying for fortune is a must-do thing for all travelers here.
Finishing the wonderful time at the Golden Summit, you will descend the mountain by cable car and shuttle bus. Board the private car to return to Chengdu train station / airport for departure.
2 nights’ accommodation in Mount E-mei with daily breakfast
3 Chinese style lunch as listed in itinerary
Entrance tickets as listed in itinerary
Excellent English-speaking tour guide
Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
China Visas /flights / trains
Accommodation in Chengdu
Boat cruise or cable car
Any optional activity / battery car / shuttle bus inside the attraction
Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
Any item beyond “Price Includes”
Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)
Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours.
Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking.
Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.