Code: CD12

Two Days Independent Travel to Chengdu

Day 1 Chengdu Panda Base - Jinsha Site Museum
Giant Pandas
Today you should get up earlier to see giant pandas as they are more active in the morning. Finish your breakfast and leave your hotel before 08:00. It costs around CNY40 to take a taxi to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda from the city proper. You can also choose the public transportations, such as direct buses no. 87, 198, or 198A. Or take the subway Line 3 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station. Get out from Exit B and then take bus 198 or 198A direct to the base.

The Admission fee of the panda base is CNY 58 per ticket. Be prepare to do some walking as the base is really large and there are many different enclosures, where pandas could live in their home habitats to the largest extent. You can also take the tourist minibus at a fee of CNY10 per ticket. Maybe three hours or more are needed for you to finish the visit. Please keep quiet because the giant pandas are quiet by nature and will be stressed by loud and sudden noise.

After watching the pandas, we suggest the Jinsha Site Museum (Admission fee: CNY 80 for adults). The taxi fee from the panda base to the museum is CNY50 or so. By public transportation, you could take bus no. 198 or 198A to Dongwuyuan Station, and then take subway line 3. Change to line 2 at Chunxi Road station and get out from the Exit B of Yipintianxia Station. Go south around 1 kilometer to the East Gate.

This museum is a place for people who are interested in history. It is an excavation site with an amazing collection of artifacts. There are plenty of signs in English that explain the exhibits. However, to understand more about the museum, it is advisable to hire a tour guides or get a headset. The service fee of an English speaking tour guide is CNY150 per time for a group under 5 travelers. The rent fare of a self-service audio guide device is CNY20 with CNY200 refundable deposit for each device.
Day 2 Leshan Giant Buddha - Jinli Street
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha is around 160 kilometers away from Chengdu downtown. The fastest way is by the high speed train from Chengdu East Railway station to Leshan Railway Station, and then change to bus no. 3 to reach this site. You can also take a long-distance bus from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Leshan Xiaoba Bus station, and then change to city bus no.13 to this site.

With a height of 71 meters (about 233 feet), this Buddha is said to be the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world. You are advised to view this gigantic Buddha from a boat on the river which could give you an excellent appreciation of the scale of this monument. The admission fee is CNY90 (Excluding CNY 70 for a boat trip). Three to four hours is enough to tour the gigantic Buddha.

After getting back to Chengdu, you could take a taxi to Jinli Street. The taxi fee is less than CNY30 whether from the East railway station or Xinnanmen Bus station. Jinli Street is an alleyway lined with great restaurants, food stalls, and souvenir stores. You could spend a relaxed afternoon by walking through this street, admiring the traditional-style buildings, and tasting some local snacks.
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