Jiuzhaigou Off The Beaten Path

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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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    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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    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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    Winter

    by sylina Updated Jun 15, 2003

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    secret winter of Jiuzhaigou

    In winter, Jiuzhaigou becomes especially tranquil and serene, poetic and picturesque. The mountains and forests are clad in white, the waterfalls and lakes are pure and clear, the ice layer on blue lake shines with wonderful wrinkles in the sunrise and sunset; and amidst the ice-clad waterfalls, small streams send out affecting music.
    It's a pity, Jiuzhaigou will be closed after Dec. for the reason of safety. So it's a secret for us of the dreamworld in winter now.

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    Autumn

    by sylina Written Jun 15, 2003

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    Autumn view is the most beautiful, my favourite

    Autumn is the most splendid season of Jiuzhaigou. The colourful leaves and forests are reflected on the bright and clear lakes and fallen leaves are floating on the surface of water; the sky is vast and brightly blue. The most beautiful sceneries created by nature present themselves before your eyes.

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    Summer

    by sylina Written Jun 15, 2003

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    summer view of Jiuzhaigou

    In summer, Jiuzhaigou is set off by green shades. The colourful lakes, flowing waters are combing the green leaves and water grass; the waterfalls like silver screens are expressing themselves most unscrupulously. Soft wind sways the Buddhist streamers, the tops of the trees and your heart as free as the flowing water.

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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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    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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  • 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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    Spring

    by sylina Updated Jun 15, 2003

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    spring of Jiuzhaigou

    As spring comes, ice and snow in Jiuzhaigou begin to melt, the water is flooding and the mountain flowers are in full bloom; the soft and languid sun of spring is kissing the lake, the sprouts and your heart moved by nature.

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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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    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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    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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