As always in China, try and avoid public holidays and weekend (specially for the Leshan giant buddha). Book a car transfer from Chendu city to Leshan in advance through your hotel (you will need a very early start)
Plan to be at Leshan Giant Buddha ticket office at opening time (8 a.m.), which means leaving the city of Chengdu at about 6 a.m. You will beat the crowds and the heat, and be back in the city in time for lunch.
Avoid high summer, which is very hot and humid.
The most expensive item is the private car transfer from your Chengdu hotel to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha. You can also reach Leshan through metro, then train, then taxi.
This China family itinerary combines the amazing historic site of Leshan Giant Buddha with cool retail opportunities in Chengdu. Trendy Chengdu is the ideal destination for families visiting China. Not only is it a creative city with a great design scene, it’s close enough for a day trip to the tallest carved Buddha in the world. Start early in the morning with a hike at the breath-taking Leshan Giant Buddha park. Take a short boat cruise to view this UNESCO World Heritage site from the water. After an early start and a long hike, come back to the city for an experience in contrasts. After lunch at the kid-friendly Temple House Café, spend the afternoon wandering the Taikoo Li retail complex. This strikingly contemporary establishment has so much for the whole family to explore including a beautiful Buddhist monastery in the midst of its shopping and dining options.