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    Jiuzhaigou self guided visit tips

    by rbakbike Updated Aug 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: A hike anywhere in the valley is worth it. A hike in the Zharu Valley is worth it if you have spent enough time in the park. You need a minimum of two days just to do the basics of the park, hiking both of the main valleys. I have traveled extensively through China and this park is one of my favorite areas. There is no other place like it.

    I was there a couple of years ago and the cost to get into the park was about $50USD. We stayed two days and did not pay to enter the second day because we stayed one night in the park at one of the 9 villages. The authorities discourage this by not allowing you to have a ticket for the "in park" buses on the 2nd day. without a ticket you will not be able to get on the bus the next morning to travel to the top of either valley, which is what most people do. They then walk down the valley back towards the entrance. We reversed that and walked up both days. This gives you opportunity to see the sights with much fewer visitors because everyone else in at the other end walking towards you.

    When you get to the end of the valley at the end of the day there will be no problem getting on the bus. they do not check tickets at the end of the day.

    Staying in the park is very inexpensive and you can mingle with the locals instead of hoards of other tourists.

    Fondest memory: The beauty of the park is overwhelming. The serenity of the 1000's of waterfalls through trees and foliage is unparalleled. The crystal clear lakes are awesome.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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  • Explore waterfalls and lakes

    by oskar_28 Updated Oct 25, 2008

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    Favorite thing: JiuZhaiGou (JZG) actually means a valley with nine tribal villages and it is a world heritage spot. It is accessible by road if you can tolerate a 12 hour bus journey and by air if you pay for the 45 minutes flight from Chengdu airport. The beauty of JZG is that it offers all the alpine scenery typical of the Swiss or the Canadian mountains but with enhanced colours due to its mineral rich waters in shallow cuscading pools. Whilst you can also have a flavour of Tibetan culture, most of the local population relies on tourism rather than farming for a living.

    At the time of writing, JZG area just recovered from the earthquake near Chengdu so the road access was blocked due to landslide in May 2008. Access by air is via the HuangLong airport in the mountains using a breath-taking landing strip some 3000 m above sea level. Most tourists are on group tour but it is possible to use public transport to go up and down the valley. Typical journey time is about 2 hour between airport and JZG valley hotels. Flights are reduced from almost 30 per day in the warmer months to only about 5 per day during NOV15 to MAR15 when most high viewpoints are closed except for JZG valley itself.

    Most people will have some form of altitude sickness when first arrived at the airport level so be prepared to move slowly if you spend first day in Hualong viewpoints. There is a series of blue cuscading pools near the approach to the ice cap mountains near Hualong. A cable car will take you up to the pool level but some uphill walk around is still necessary and will be demanding for people who get altitude sickness

    JZG valley is at a lower altitude so there is less risk of altitude sickness or fatigue set in. However, the views are plentiful and one is in danger of getting eye-fatigue due to the many beautiful views (see photos). Apart from rolling hills and mountains covered with lovely tress which changes colour with the season, the pools in JZG have the famous blue hue due to minerals inherent in the ancient ponds. All the pools are named "sea's" as the locals have never seen the sea in this land locked province. You should plan at least one full day to enjoy all the key sights in JZG and longer if you want to appreciate it more.

    Transportation within JZG park, a protected area, is by "green buses" which are maintained by the authorities in part sponsored via park entrance fees. these buses run on LPG so are non-polluting and you are free to hop on and off wherever there is dedicated bustop area comleting with toilet facilities. No private cars or buses are allowed in the park but you may charter a LPG bus to be used privately if you have own big group or somewhat disable visitors. Most of the viewpoints are not that wheel chair friendly as it involves going down steps and I did not see that many ramps around.

    Hotels are plentiful in JZG area up and down the mountains. There is a huge variety ranging from very cheap and basic to the splendid JiuZhaiGou Paradise hotel. The people in JZG are now desperate for more tourists as numbers are really down since the May08 earthquake in Chengdu area. Only up-market visitors can afford to come in by plane so the park lost almost all the local visitors who come in by road normally.

    Fondest memory: Warm tribal people and pretty scenery

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    Go with a guide

    by miyuUU Written Apr 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you can't speak Chinese then please go with a guide. English is not widely spoken there in the tourist spots. Go with a guide eliminate the chance to be cheated and waste money on unnecessary things.

    Fondest memory: Water, the most beautiful water I’ve never seen.

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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Family Travel

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  • Combine your Jiuzhaigou trip with Huanglong-2

    by neverstoptravel Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: One day tour in Jiuzhaigou National Park

    c. 3 days tour by air

    D1: Anyplace--Jiuzhaigou by air, arrive Jiuhuang Airport in the afternoon or evening, take a airport shuttle to Jiuzhaigou, accormadate by the entrance of the park, or on Zhang Zha Town.

    D2: Visit Jiuzhagou National Park, accormadate at Jiuzhaigou.

    D3:Take a bus in the early morning from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong, visit Huanglong and complete the tour by 4-5pm, then take a bus to Jiuzhaigou which makes a stop at Chuanzhusi, then call a taxi(RMB50+) from Chuanzhusi to the airport; or simply take a taxi(RMB100+) from Huanglong to the airport. Late evening flight to Chengdu.

    d. 4 days tour by bus

    D1:Chengdu--Jiuzhaigou by bus, accormadate by the entrance of Jiuzhaigou National Park or on Zhang Zha Town, 2-6km from the entrance.

    D2: Visit Jiuzhaigou, accormadate at Jiuzhaigou.

    D3: Take a bus in the early morning from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong, visit Huanglong and complete the tour by 4-5pm, then take a bus to Chuanzhusi, accormadate at Chuanzhusi.

    If you miss the early bus to Huanglong, you have to pay RMB200+ for a taxi going there;
    if you miss the late bus from Huanglong, it's better to take a taxi going to Chuanzhusi or Songpan, RMB100+.

    D4: Chuangzhusi/Songpan--Chengdu by bus.

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    Huanglong in the autumn

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  • Combine your Jiuzhaigou trip with Huanglong-1

    by neverstoptravel Written Mar 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Most of the tourists visit Huanglong as well when they go to Jiuzhaigou, you may combine two destinations as follows:

    One day tour in Jiuzhaigou:

    a.2 days tour by air

    D1:Anyplace--Jiuzhaigou by air, have to arrive Jiuhuang Airport before noon, taking a taxi(RMB100+) to Huanglong, visit Huanglong then take a bus to Jiuzhaigou, accormadate at Jiuzhaigou.

    If you miss the late bus from Huanglong to Jiuzhaigou, have to take a taxi to Jiuzhaigou(RMB200+), or take a taxi for RMB300+: Jiuhuang Airport---Huanglong---Jiuzhaigou, never pay your full fare before taking the taxi at Huanglong, negotiate with driver first in advance.

    D2: Visit Jiuzhaigou National Park, then take a taxi(RMB200+) to Jiuhuang Airport for your evening flight.

    Make sure you complete your tour in the park 3 hours prior to your flight.

    b. 3 days tour by air+bus

    D1:Anyplace--Jiuzhaigou by air, have to arrive Jiuhuang Airport before noon, taking a taxi(RMB100+) to Huanglong, visit Huanglong then take a bus to Jiuzhaigou, accormadate at Jiuzhaigou.

    If you miss the late bus from Huanglong to Jiuzhaigou, have to take a taxi to Jiuzhaigou(RMB200+), or take a taxi for RMB300+: Jiuhuang Airport---Huanglong---Jiuzhaigou, never pay your full fare before taking the taxi at Huanglong, negotiate with driver first in advance.

    D2: Visit Jiuzhaigou National Park, accormadate at Jiuzhaigou.

    D3: Jiuzhaigou--Chengdu by bus, the station is near Jiutong Hotel east to the entrance of the park.

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    Huanglong Colorful Lakes & Huanglong Temple

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  • Best season for visiting Jiuzhaigou

    by neverstoptravel Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Jiuzhaigou, renowned for its snow-capped mountains, colorful flowers and lakes, forests, waterfalls and tibetan villages.

    It's suitable for visiting all year round,

    Flowers Blossom in the spring,

    Escaping from the heat of the summer,

    Appreciating the ice waterfalls in the winter,

    But autumn is the only season for tourists to view the variety of the color in the same time.

    The best time to visit Jiuzhaigou valley is:

    The last two weeks in October!

    Jiuzhai lakes

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  • Two days trip in Jiuzhaigou National Park

    by neverstoptravel Written Mar 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The second day's admission is free except the three national long holidays, so you may enjoy the beauty of this fairyland for extra time especially in the autumn.

    Tourist has to inform the staff of your sencond day's admission when purchasing/picking your ticket, and have your photo taken & printed on the ticket.

    D1:

    Entrance---Nuorilang Transit Center by bus

    Nuorilang Transit Center---Long Lake by bus

    Long Lake---Five Color Pond by bus

    Five Color Pond---Upper Season Lake

    Upper Season Lake---Lower Season Lake

    Lower Season Lake--Zechawa Village

    Zechawa Village---Riinoceros Lake

    Riinoceros Lake---Tiger Lake

    Tiger Lake---Shuzheng Waterfalls/Shuzheng Lakes

    Visit Shuzheng Village

    Shuzheng Village---Wolong Lake

    Wolong Lake---Twin Dragon Lake/Sparking Lake

    Twin Dragon Lake/Sparking Lake---Entrance

    Completed first day tour in the valley.

    D2:

    Entrance---Nuorilang Transit Center by bus

    Nuorilang Transit Center---Mirror Lake by bus

    Mirror Lake--Forest by bus

    Forest---Swan Lake/Fangcao Lake by bus

    Swan Lake/Fangcao Lake---Bamboo Lake by bus

    Bamboo Lake---Panda Lake

    Panda Lake---Panda Waterfalls

    Panda Waterfalls---Five Flower Lake

    Five Flower Lake---Peacock Lake

    Peacock Lake---Golden Bell Lake

    Golden Bell Lake---Pearl Beach(Shoal)

    Pearl Beach(Shoal)---Pearl Beach(Shoal) Waterfalls

    Pearl Beach(Shoal) Waterfalls---Mirror Lake

    Mirror Lake---Nuorilang Waterfalls

    Nuorilang Waterfalls---Reed Lake by bus

    Reed Lake---Entrance by bus

    Completed your second day tour in the park.

    Wolong Lake

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  • Routes recommended

    by neverstoptravel Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: For one day tour to Jiuzhaigou national park, it's recommended the following route,

    Entrance---Nuorilang by bus

    Nuorilang---Mirror Lake

    Mirror Lake--Forest by bus

    Forest---Swan Lake by bus

    Swan Lake/Fangcao Lake---Bamboo Lake by bus

    Bamboo Lake---Panda Lake

    Panda Lake---Panda Waterfalls

    Panda Waterfalls---Five Flower Lake

    Five Flower Lake---Peacock Lake

    Panda Waterfalls/Five Flower Lake/Peacock Lake---Pearl Beach/Pearl Beach Waterfalls by bus

    Pearl Beach/Pearl Beach Waterfalls---Nuorilang Transit Center by bus

    Nuorilang Transit Center---Nuorilang Waterfalls

    Completed tour in Rize Gou(Valley) in the morning and have your lunch at Nuorilang Tourist Service Center.

    Nuorilang Transit Center---Long Lake by bus

    Long Lake---Five Color Pond by bus

    Five Color Pond---Nuorilang Transit Center by bus

    Visit Zechawa Village

    Completed your tour in Zechawa Gou(Valley)

    Zechawa Village---Riinoceros Lake(or by bus)

    Riinoceros Lake---Tiger Lake(or by bus)

    Tiger Lake---Shuzheng Waterfalls/Shuzheng Lakes

    Visit Shuzheng Village

    Shuzheng Village---Wolong Lake

    Wolong Lake---Twin Dragon Lake

    Twin Dragon Lake---Reed Lake by bus

    Reed Lake---Entrance by bus

    Completed your tour in Shuzheng Gou(Valley) as well as your tour in Jiuzhaigou.

    Which lakes/waterfalls must see:

    Mirror Lake, Panda Lake/Waterfalls, Bamboo Lake, Pearl Beach Waterfalls, Five Flower Lake,

    Five Color Pond, Shuzheng Waterfalls/Lakes, Tiger Lake, Wolong Lake.

    Fondest memory: Enjoyed walking along the Lakes.

    Colorful Jiuzhai

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    Tibet Culture - Xi Zang Wen Hua

    by imstress Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A visit to the Tibetian Village will let you understand the culture of the Tibetian. This is strongly displayed at the Mill House and Jiuzhaigou Cultural Centre.

    You could join the optional tour where a "Transdimension Drama - Dreamland Journey " is shown at Jarpo Grand Theater of Jiuzhaigou. It is a drama of singing and dancing by the Tibetan (Qiang Zu) wearing colourful costumes and thick makeup. Ticket are priced at RMB180 for VIP Seats.

    Tibetian House Cultra Performance Cultural Performance
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    • Theater Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Snow Mountain - Xue Feng

    by imstress Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In winter, the mountains of Jiuzhaigou will be fully covered with snow.

    We were fortunate to see snow capped mountains when we were there in end Autumn and beginning of Winter.

    When we reach the high altitude of Jiuzhaigou we managed to see some trees are covered with snow.

    All the snow capped mountains and snow brings back memories of my South Island and Korea trip. I love to see snow.

    Xmas tress covered with snow branches covered with snow snow capped mountain snow capped mountain snow capped mountain
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    Waterfalls - Die Pu

    by imstress Updated Nov 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are 17 waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou.

    During our trip we visited Nuorilang, Pearl Shoal, Panda Lake and Shuzheng Waterfall.

    Each of these waterfall are magnificant and awesome in it own way. They are the icon of Jiuzhaigou.

    Nuorilang Waterfall Pearl Shoal Waterfall Panda Lake Waterfall Shuzheng Waterfall Pearl Shoal Waterfall
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    Lakes - Cui Hai

    by imstress Updated Nov 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are 114 lakes with Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve.

    They are refered to as Hai Zi because the tibetian stay in high altitude and has never seen the sea (Hai). The lakes are therefore translated as "The Children of the Sea" (Hai Zi) or as small sea.

    My favourite lakes are Fiver Coloured Lake, Five Flower Lake, Long Lake, Mirror Lake, Tiger Lake, Arrow Bamboo Lake.

    Five Coloured Lake Long Lake Five Flower Lake Tiger Lake Mirror Lake
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    Red Autumn Leaves

    by imstress Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Due to the new traffic regulation that we must arrive by 12 noon, we had to travel to Jiuzhaigou via Mian Yang to be on time for our entry.

    One of the must see in Jiuzhaigou is the Cai Ling which is the red autumn leaves. We were very lucky indeed to see a rare sight where the red autumn leave and full in full bloom on the mountain even at the end of autumn and begining of winter.

    Our coach captain took the risk and stop the coach for a few minutes in order for us to take these beautiful red autumn leaves.

    Mountain full of Red Autumn Leaves Mountain full of Red Autumn Leaves Mountain full of Red Autumn Leaves Red Autumn Leaves Mountain full of Red Autumn Leaves
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    scene spot

    by Irised_sky Written Aug 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Jiuzhaigou is formed by lakes, waterfalls, villages and rivers, the scenry area is scenery. so that shuttle buses is serviced from spot to spot, which is very user friendly.

    The best season to visit there is Autumn, it is because after the rain in summer, the lake and waterfall would be more rich. Also the green, red and yellow leaves of trees will enrich the colors of the view.

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    Jiuzhaigou

    by nepalgoods Updated Jun 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The name " Jiu zhai gou" means "9 villages valley". The name comes from 9 Tibetan villages in the valley. Since 1991 Jiuzhaigou is UNESCO World Nature Heritage.

    Jiuzhaigou is situated about 400 km northwest of Chengdu. There is an airport inSongpan, from where a 1,5 hours busride takes you to the park.

    The landscape characteristics are high mountains (Ganzigonggai, 4558 m), 114 lakes, rivers and waterfalls.

    Rare animals are living here: for example the Giant Panda or the Sichuan Takin, some kind of monkeys and more (I do not know the names in English). I did not see any of this wild animals.

    I found a list of all the lakes, waterfalls and mountains in the internet.

    Minshan Mountains
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    • Eco-Tourism

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