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Our most recommended Chengdu Day Trips

One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

1. One day as Volunteer: Big Panda in Sechuan

If you love pandas, what better way to get up close with them and contribute to their welfare than this 1-day volunteer program at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan? An experience you'll never forget, not only will you work alongside members of the Panda Base staff, you'll be visiting them in their home, learning about conservation and helping to conduct behavioral scientific research on giant and red pandas. You'll arrive at the Research Base entrance around 08:30, where you'll be met by conservation education staff who will act as your translator and guide, before they escort you to the panda enclosure to meet the keeper—your teacher for the day. You'll work alongside the keeper who will assign you tasks including cleaning the pandas' enclosures, food preparation or, one of the highlights – feeding the pandas with apples tied to bamboo rods. You may also have the chance to help bathe the pandas and you'll get to observe their behavior at various times throughout the day. After lunch, the staff will meet you and escort you back to the enclosure—the Panda Base is very big and it's easy to get lost in the maze of trails. If you'd like to take pictures with the pandas, your guide will take you there (this is not included in the tour price).

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Full-Day Tour of Leshan's Giant Buddha from Chengdu

3. Full-Day Tour of Leshan's Giant Buddha from Chengdu

Experience the Giant Buddha of Leshan, one of Chinese Buddhism's holiest sites, on this amazing full-day tour from Chengdu. Dating from the 8th century, the Giant Buddha of Leshan is the largest carved stone Buddha and the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. It was cut from the cliffs of Lingyun Shan in the hopes of calming the turbulent waters of the three rivers that flow together under its gaze. Stairs are carved into the cliff that connect the area at the Buddha's feet with the land above, allowing you to view this astonishing sight from a range of vantage points. Views are stunning over elbows and knees, taking in the river scene and Leshan's skyline. Upon arrival in Leshan, we have lunch at a restaurant within sight the Giant Buddha. We'll boat along the waters below to admire the view before climbing above. We'll then explore the Giant Buddha and enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding landscape from atop the Buddha's head. Wen then pay a visit to Lingyun Temple and Museum and get a deeper insight into the history of this amazing Buddhist site and learn the story of the carving of the Giant Buddha.

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What people are saying about Chengdu

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Great one day experience as a Panda keeper! my personal guide was super helpful and friendly and we had a great day together as the facility :)

Fantastic Tour with Kay Yang. Best Tour I have ever been on. Kay Yang was very knowledgeable and all in all the tour was awesome.

Best man was Sean our guide! Very good English and helpful! The tour was amazing! Being so close to the pandas was lovely

Great guide, beautiful Buddha!

We were very happy with our super friendly and communicative guide, Weaver. The Leshan Buddha was absolutely stunning.

Extraordinary experience!

Of the most memorable experiences !!! 100% worth it !!!