Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou
I went there by airplane, it only take 45mins if no delay. When we return, the weather was not stable and it was snowing ( April little snow). so that we had spent 2 hours waiting in the small airport.
For those who have plenty of time, you may try to take Train, but it takes around 12 hours to get there.
Internal flight to JiuZhaoGou
YOu can take an internal flight from Chengdu to JiuZhaoGou by Air China. It is a much faster way then taking a coach as it save alot of the time. It take only 30min to reach JiuZhaoGou compared to 8hrs by coach and the flight is more confortable. Taking coach can be tiring as the road is not very smooth but a good point is you can see alot of beautiful sight along the way.
Fly or drive
Either fly an hour or so from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou or put up with a crazy 8 hour drive or more over treacherous gorges and hairpin routes. For the best of both worlds, we flew there and took an overnight drive back to Chengdu. The drive back was worth it for it's magnificent views of natural dams and lakes caused by a major earthquake in the 30s.
There is a new airport now in Juizhaigou. No need for a two days busride anymore! But the airport also meens, that there are many more tourists now coming to Jiuzhaigou. Though I can understand, that many people want to see the beautiful landscape, I also think, that too many people means, that the landscape is not as beautiful anymore.
The airport is above 12,000 ft. and is often
covered by clouds.
Be advised that the planes do not operate when there is heavy cloud cover so you may be delayed.
Check the weather reports before you plan your trip.
The bus from Chengdu takes about 8 hours
and may be a better option when heavy cloud cover is expected.
- Family Travel
Tourists outside Sichuan Province can take plane or train to come to Chengdu first and then to arrive at the entrance to Jiuzhaigou either by joining in the trip organized by tourism agencies or by taking bus at the Xinnanmen Bus Station or Ximen Bus Station.
There are two lines from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou:
Line One: Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Wenchuan-Maoxian-Songpan-Jiuzhaigou. 435km in total and all being asphalt highway. (We went to Jiuzhaigou via this line. There were too many turnings at the last 150km. So you need an experienced driver and much more patience. ^_^ )
Line Two: Chengdu-Wenchuan-Lixian-grassland (hongyuan, ruoergai)-Chuanzhu Temple-Jiuzhaigou, 792km in total and most part being asphalt highway, small part being smooth ordinary highway.
PS: The Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong Airport will open to traffic in 2003. Maybe i will miss the long way journey to Jiuzhaigou by bus next time. :)
Airport at Songpan coming soon
In the near future, there will be an airport at the town of Songpan so that tourists can fly in directly. Now, the only way in is by a long journey through the mountains which some people may find it too tough.
Come to Jiuzhaigou via the Grassland
You can tour Jiuzhaigou Via the grassland. On the way, you can sightsee many splendid views of the grassland and feel the exotic custom of the Tibetan-Qiang people. The first bend of the Yellow River, the flowery lakes, The Re'er grassland, the Moon Beach, the red Leaves of Miyaluo, the Qiang villages of Taoping.... all these beautiful natural and humanistic landscapes will deeply impress you.
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