Make the most of your time in Chengdu in Southwest China on this 4-day itinerary. See the Giant Leshan Buddha and Mt. Emei Buddhist sites, then wander through the historic city to see local life and catch a performance at the Sichuan Opera. End your trip with a visit to the Panda Research Base to see the famous animals up-close.

Highlights

  • Tour the Giant Panda Breeding Center for an up-close look at the amazing animals
  • Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha & Mt. Emei, both holy Buddhist sites
  • Experience local life and munch on delicious street food in Kuanzhai Alley

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Full Day Mt Leshan & Tea Terrace In Lost Town Emei
Day 2 Emeishan-Chengdu Chengdu
Day 3 Chengdu City Day Tour Chengdu
Day 4 Farewell from Chengdu!  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Full Day Mt Leshan & Tea Terrace In Lost Town

Leshan Buddha
Leshan Buddha

After breakfast visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, which at 233 feet (71 meters) is the world's largest. The Buddha was built in 713 C.E. during the Tang Dynasty and is a top destination for tourists.

From here, continue for 40 minutes down the quiet country roads to see the Huanglongxi Ancient Town to learn about local culture and history. Visit a blacksmith's shop, a bamboo workshop, barbershop, and other notable places of business. Break for tea at the local teahouse and swap stories with the locals while you enjoy the hundred-year-old courtyard. 

Return to Chengdu for the evening. 

Day 2: Emeishan-Chengdu

Holy Mt. Emei
Holy Mt. Emei

Mt. Emei, one of China's four famous mountains, is a holy site for Buddhism and is located on the south of Lesha. It towers over the area and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. 

After visiting the mountain, enjoy the scenic drive down the mountain back to Chengdu for the night. 

Day 3: Chengdu City Day Tour

Panda at the research base
Panda at the research base

Today you will visit one of Chengdu's (and China's) most popular attractions—the Panda Research Base. The giant pandas are a Chinese national treasure and are beloved by people worldwide. Tour the center to learn about the breeding efforts and see the adorable baby pandas. 

Stop by the popular Kuan & Zhai Alley to sample some local snacks, then drive to Wenshu Temple. Later, take a walk on the famous pedestrian Jinli Street, where you can buy a variety of tasty street snacks and shop for souvenirs. In the evening, attend a performance at the renowned Sichuan Opera

Day 4: Farewell from Chengdu!

Anshun Bridge over the Jin River
Anshun Bridge over the Jin River 

You'll have some free time in the morning before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Map

Map of Chengdu City & Pandas - 4 Days
Map of Chengdu City & Pandas - 4 Days
Alice
Written by Alice Fu, updated Mar 7, 2019