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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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Questions & Answers
Asked by Joyeeta C from INDIA | Jul. 05, 2019 09:46Reply
October Trip

I and my family are travelling to Chengdu during 1st week of October this year. I would like to know, which of the panda research base would be closest to visit from Chengdu east station and how far would the Leshan Buddha site be from the same place.

I shall proceed with bookings accordingly. Can we take a taxi from Chengdu east station to Leshan Buddha site? If yes, how much would that cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nola | Jul. 07, 2019 19:21

As I know, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the closest panda base to Chengdu East Railway Station. From the railway station, you can walk about 550 meters to Qionglaishanlu middle station to take Panda Express bus line 4 to the panda base.

From Chengdu to Leshan Giant Buddha site, you need to reach Leshan first. Upon arrival at Chengdu East, you can transfer to a high-speed train to Leshan station. Then take bus 601 to the site.
Asked by Choomeanah | Jan. 15, 2013 18:52Reply
What is date of peony festival 2013?
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Answered by Brian | Jan. 15, 2013 06:20

Hi, the Peony Festival will be held in Luoyang from Apr 01 to May 08, 2013.
Asked by Ms.tan from MALAYSIA | Mar. 04, 2011 06:40Reply
Hi, I plan to visit Chengdu from Nov 11, My question will be what would be the best plan for this 7 days and will the weather be very cool tha. Thank you.
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Answered by Ms.Corinne | Mar. 06, 2011 19:57

You can visit the Leshan and Mt. Emei and Bifengxia Panda Reserve Base in Chengdu. It will be a little bit cold in Nov in Chengdu as it is almost winter.
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