Hi Sarah! Thanks for the tips! Just wondering if you had 1 day in Chengdu would you choose the Buddha or Mount Qingcheng?
Between the two options I would suggest the Leshan Buddha but my favourite day trip in the Chengdu area is the Sanxingdui Museum.
Both are good day excursions, but I would go to QingCheng. It's a better connection by train. We took a short shuttle bus to parking, then walked up. I think you pay cash to gain entrance. This is a more natural setting, even with clouds. Be sure to see Lotse Tower if it clears for the view. It felt like a more natural setting to spend the day. I recommend comfortable shoes.
Either is good, in different ways, and both are well connected by day shuttles. Personally I like Qingcheng better, more to see and the nature is a plus, for they boast great unique air quality, which I can testify to. The hike through stone-steps in QIngcheng is much more extensive but also much easier than usual due to the high concentration of negative oxygen ions. It is still an exercise with a few miles of uphill walking. There is a stretch with an option of cable car, which was out of service when I was there! It is still worthwhile for me though.
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