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sealstep Feb 9th, 2013 10:35 AM

Chengdu Questions
Hi there,

We will be in Chengdu for several days in April, and I was hoping to get some feedback on a few questions. First, is it possible to visit Le Shan and Emei Shan in one day? Would hiring a driver be the best option if we needed to optimize time? Does anyone have a recommendation for a driver in Chengdu if we wanted to do that?

Also, I want to see the pandas and am leaning towards going to Bifengxia instead of the Chengdu Panda Research base. Any advice one way or the other on the two?

Has anyone been to or would recommend either Shangli or Huanglongxi ancient towns for a visit?


ChinaDave1 Feb 21st, 2013 08:10 AM

Not possible to see both sites in one day. Emishan takes a full day and usually people stay there overnight too at several different hotels. Leshan can be combined with a visit to the Panda Experiment station however. I go there often and many other things to see in the Chengdu area as well.

thursdaysd Feb 21st, 2013 10:54 AM

The best time to see the pandas is early morning while they're eating, so you could do Le Shan afterwards. I thought most people spent three days or more at Emei Shan, for a one day equivalent there's Qingchen Shan.

sealstep Feb 22nd, 2013 01:36 PM

Hmm, Emei Shan may not be possible then. I will look at Qingchen Shan, that might work better for us. Thanks!

ChinaDave1 Feb 22nd, 2014 07:18 AM

I have been to Chengdu over 50 times since 1989. Not possible to see Leshan and Emishan in one day. If I had a choice I would go to Leshan and perhaps visit Yellow Dragon Creek village on the way back to Chengdu. Definitely go to the Panda Experiment Station....close to Chengdu but go in the mornings as Pandas are more active...sleep all afternoon.
Shangli is the better place to visit. Enjoy your visit

AnnaS4 Feb 25th, 2014 11:06 PM

Mt.Emei need 2 days, since it will involve some walking up. So you can choose Leshan Giant Buddha. Huanglongxi Old town would be better since Shangli is over commercial

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