Jiuzhaigou Off The Beaten Path

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    Trails are well marked
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  • Very rare to find a path with no one else.
    Very rare to find a path with no one...
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    Something to try to avoid the crowds

    by MikeySoft Updated May 11, 2011

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    Near the end of the park

    Something to try to avoid the crowds

    Many people, including myself, enter the park in the morning and take the bus to the end, the farthest away from the entrance. Then see that other parts of the park.

    This may be part of the reason it was so crowded during my visit in mid May 2006 even when it was not a Chinese holiday. Maybe I was in a moving crowd?

    You may want to see the center part of the park first, around waterfall area. Then see the other part. Please leave a comment should you try this to let me know it helps to reduce the crowds as you visit the park.

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    Explore one of the villages within Jiuzhaigou

    by MikeySoft Updated May 11, 2011

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    I went to one of the villages within the park where there were no other tourists. It was near the Nuorilang bus stop so I don't know why there no one else was there.

    It was nice getting away from the crowds. Some of the workers invited me to lunch. Give it a try.

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    Try to get away for the crowds of Jiuzhaigou

    by MikeySoft Updated May 9, 2011

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    The valley is very beautiful but has thousands and thousand and thousand and thousand of Chinese tourist! Some of the trails are elbow to elbow with people and it is not even the May holiday week. I cannot imagine how crowed it is during China's holidays

    Many are in tours groups and are just following the guide's flag. The trails are well marked and sometime you can get off on a side trail not as crowded. I found a nice side trail along the cascading waterfalls where I eat a box lunch I had.

    So, don't always follow the main path. The trails are well marked and you get a map with your ticket.

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    Travel by bus

    by simsky_pat Written Dec 4, 2007

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    I believe that travel by bus to Jiuzhaigou is the best way to experience China. You will miss so much of the local landscapes if you fly. The bus ride was more pleasant than I imaging (9-hour), the road was smooth and the journey pasting many mountain valleys was fantastic. Highly recommend the trip by road first (if you don't mind karaoke on board/dirty toilets) and then to fly back.

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  • How to have the whole park to yourself

    by mango5 Written May 26, 2007

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    Day 1. Be at the park entrance at 6:40 am. Be first in line to buy your ticket and endorse it with free computer ID photo for 2 days usage. Be the first through the turnstiles at 7am and the first off the bus at the most popular tourist spot Panda Lake or Panda Falls. Be the first to start walking northwards to Nuorilang Falls. You’ll start hitting a few groups of tourists, but it’s better than later in the day when you’ll be involved in a rugby scrum just to get a photo of the falls. At Nuorilang take a bus to Long Lake and Multicoloured Lake. Then bus back to Nuorilang and change to bus for Primeval Forest at the end of the park. Walk downhill from there to Panda Lake where you started in the morning, and call it a day. The crowds will be out in force by then.
    Day 2 Be the first through the turnstiles again at 7am. Get off at Nuorilang Falls and walk back towards the park entrance - it was as though I had the entire park to myself. Only met 4 people coming the other way, but there must have been 10,000 about 20 minutes behind me. Bus back up to Long Lake and walk back towards Nuorilang along quiet walkways that not many frequent. That’s quite a long day… keep your eye on park closing time and last buses 5:30pm

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    Nanping

    by nepalgoods Updated Jun 21, 2006

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    Nanping

    We spent the rest of the day in Nanping, exploring the interesting markets here. Walking around I found this spectacular sight! The butcher, selling the meat, had the skin layed out in the sun to dry.

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    Coloured terrace ponds in Huanglong Valley

    by aukahkay Written Feb 19, 2006
    The calcium ponds of Huang Long Valley
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    Huang Long wins its fame for its magic landscape of lime formations, made up of 3400 multi-colored ponds, interlace along the valley in terraces. Huang Long means Yellow Dragon. Due to the calcium carbonate mineral deposit patterns, there is a golden hue to the colour of the river that flows through the valley, resembling the tail of a Yellow Dragon. The varied depth of the ponds and mineral pigments and deposits at the bottomgive the ponds their unique colours and hues.
    There is only one way to see these coloured ponds and that is by climbing up a very long series of wooden steps and walking along wooden paths. The climb is extremely strenuous given the high altitude.

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    Aba Autonomous Prefecture

    by aukahkay Written Feb 19, 2006
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    The Aba Autonoomous Prefecture in the north of Sichuan province near the border with Gansu province is home to the minority Tibetan and Qiang ethnic groups. The terrain is extremely harsh with high mountains in excess of 3000m, severe winters and landslides during the rainy season. On the way to see the coloured terrace ponds in Hunaglong, the journey through the winding mountain roads and passes is spectacular - very Alpine indeed.

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    Tibetan villages

    by aukahkay Written Feb 18, 2006
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    There are a few Tibetan villages in the Jiuzhaigou area. You will know when you approaching a Tibetan village because of the presence of colourful flags fluttering on both sides of the road. In a Tibetan village, there will be a Tibetan temple with rows of golden cylinders which you spin to ward off evil. The interior of a Tibetan house is most elaborate with ornate carvings of horsemen, dragons and Tibetan dieties.

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    Mountains and street stalls in rural Sichuan

    by aukahkay Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Riding on a mountain yak in rural Sichuan
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    Jiuzhaigou is 450 km north of Chengdu. If you go by bus, you will have to break the journey overnight, usually at a town called Maoxian. From Maoxian to Jiuzhaigou, the journey will take you through very remote areas of Sichuan, passing small hamlets, villages and disused coal mines amidst breathtaking mountains and lakes. The Qiang people live in these remote areas of Sichuan and they set up make-shift stalls along the mountain highway selling drinks and fruits to cater to tourists shuttling to and from Jiuzhaigou. For a small tip, you can ride on a mountain yak which was exactly what I did.

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  • Mountain Trails

    by houmen Updated Jun 11, 2005

    If one prefers not to enter the crowd with the masses, there is a small trail one can take instead. It is across the man-made creek from the hotel to the left (east) of the main entrance. Following a large black pipe (with thin blue stripe) running along the hllside, one will soon arrive at the park’s wooden lank path. There are probably similar trails on the west side but one would arrive on the park road instead.

    Finally, it is said that a section of the Tea-Horse Trail leads from Wanglang Nature Reserve (southwest of Jiuzhaigou) into the park, but that would be considerably tougher, involving hiking some formidable mountain passes.

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    The End of the Story

    by nepalgoods Updated May 31, 2004

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    Nanping Market

    The next morning we got a very early bus, which brought us in 12 hours to a city, where we could take a train to Chengdu.

    All the way the Chinese couple helped us, bought tickets and translated.

    We arrived in Chengdu around midnight.

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    Staying overnight

    by nepalgoods Written May 28, 2004

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    Nanping

    We finally reached the small hotel at the entrance again. We were completely exhausted. We ate a bit in the basic restaurant there. NO way to take shower. Only a bit hot water to wash our faces.

    The next day people told us, that there was no bus to take us into the direction of Chengdu. I got a bit nervous, because I had to be in Hongkong in about 10 days.

    But luckily a Chinese couple helped us to get a bus to Nanping, a small town about 40 km from Jiuzhaigou.

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    Villages

    by akikonomu Written Jan 2, 2004

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    Rugged landscape

    Enroute to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu, the bus will make several pitstops at various villages. One of the more famous village is Maoxian which produces apples.

    Besides getting that breather and stretching your legs, the friendly village children will hover around the van. You can also take the opportunity to snap good pictures of the rugged landscapes.

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    Trekking (hiking)

    by victorwkf Updated Jul 7, 2003

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    Many tourist come to Jiuzhaigou and leave on a rush. If you have time, you should spend at least 2 days doing simple trekking along the well marked trails. It is definitely worth it considering the breathtaking scenery.

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