Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

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Jiuzhaigou Things to Do

  • Long Lake

    Long Lake is my favorite part of Jiuzhaigou. It is the longest and largest lake in the park. It is located south east of the valley, take the green bus to reach here. Elevation: 3,102 metersLong: 4,390 metersAverage Width: 200 metersAverage Depth: 80 metersTotal Area: 930,000 square metersIt looks like an huge river surrounded by mountains and...

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  • Pearl Shoals Waterfall (Part 2)

    Part 2, basically showing the waterfalls end on a river. Water will be flowing to Mirror Lake. Enjoy the videoAlso, see Nuorilang Waterfall. In Chinese: 珍珠滩瀑布,zhen zhu tan pu bu

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  • Pearl Shoals Waterfall

    Pearl Shoals Waterfall is the largest waterfall at Jiuzhaigiou. Water is flowing from Pearl Shoals and falling at end of the cliffs to create stunning views of wide waterfalls. You could see the waterfalls from different angles to capture different views. More picture in part 2. In Chinese: 珍珠滩瀑布,zhen zhu...

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  • Pearl Shoals

    After visiting the Peacock Riverbed, you will be surprised by water flowing all over the places as you will be seeing Pearl Shoals. Pearl Shoals is at 2433 meters above sea level. It is a different kind of scenic landscape that you will be seeing in Jiuzhaigou. The beauty of water flowing all over the places and you would be standing on a wooded...

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  • Peacock Riverbed

    Peacock Riverbed is another lake with clear and colorful water. It is beside Five-coloured Lake. You can see old woods sink under the water. From Peacock Riverbed, you will start seeing the water steam from all over,Pearl Shoals.In Chinese: 孔雀河道,kong que he dao

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  • Five-Coloured Lake

    After enjoying Panda Lake Fall, you will see " Five-Coloured Lake".It is also called " Peacock Lake". It has water at different depths covers a color spectrum from pale blue through aquamarine to emerald green. Geologists attribute the phenomenon to mineral concentration. The view is crowned as a wonder of Juizhaigou.Peacock Riverbed is just next...

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Jiuzhaigou Hotels

Jiuzhaigou Restaurants

  • “Red river” 满江红

    A small restaurant, appearance wise no difference from hundreds of others, but everybody, from TAXI drivers to hotel concierge will tell you this is a nice local restaurant to try.Very good taste, and fresh food. Variety is also good - you can find wild stuffs such as plateau fish, Tibetan lamb and rabbit. It is unlawful to eat those animals in...

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  • Try Grill Mutton

    Most of the most restaurants are family run, middle to small size. Owners are friendly and nice, but most of they don't speak English. Therefore make sure you are going with someone who speak Chinese!Locals are Zang, so they eat mutton, highland barley biscuit and drink butter tea. That's the most common you can find in most restaurants.

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  • Yummy authentic tibetan cuisine

    Feeling a bit adventurous, we went for the Tibetan cuisine for dinner. It was a great choice. Food was excellent, spices were amazing, room decor was so unique. Check out a couple of photos I posted here.... Barbequed pork ribs were soooo juicy and tender (pic1)deep fried cha-siu mushroom were too good (pic2) - we ordered the second plate plus a...

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Jiuzhaigou Nightlife

  • Minority Show

    I went to a minority show in the evening. There are several places you can go and it cost around 100 rmb. They announced no photos or videos were allowed, but everyone took them and so did I. I was expecting something cultural. The theater holds over 1000 people. The performers wore ethnic clothes and sang ethnic songs but the loud amplified music,...

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  • Local Dance Show

    There are many places to see the local dance show. Usually you can see people distributing flyers to tourists about the dance show. The show is dinner included, worth to see once in the evening! no restrictions.

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  • Tibetian Cultural Show

    The Tiebtian Cultural Show was included as one of our optional tour.The show is held at the Jarpo Grand Theatre of Jiuzhai Paradise.We learnt that "Zha Xi De Le" means welcome in Tibetian language.It was a nice cultural show entitled Dreamland Journey with all the actress and actors who are the decendants of Tibet. These handsome guys and beautiful...

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Jiuzhaigou Transportation

  • Buses within the park

    Admissions includes free buses to the different areas. They are useful for many of the longer distances within the park. Busses are also available for shorter distances but walking may be a better option.Queues are very rare in China and most people disregard queues when there is one. They had people to enforce many of the queues in the park so its...

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  • Busses from Chengdu

    There are tours and busses from Chengdu.Things change very fast in China so I provided and address to a comical web site about transportation to Jiuzhaigou. I googled (Jiuzhaigou chengdu bus) to find this one. It seems to have good info. Please rate this and others tips when you find them interesting, or useful, or you like the pictures. :)

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  • Chartered TAXI option 2

    This driver has a VW Santana 3000. He is called Mr. Shen, originally a Tibetan. I actually prefer this driver as I feel he is more honest.Typical day trip from Jiu Zhai Gou to Huang Long is CNY 400 - 600 in high season.

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Jiuzhaigou Shopping

  • Shopping in Jiuzhaigou

    The Jiuzhaigou Tourists centre is a place for science-popularization as well as for entertainment which will help increase your knowledge and give you enjoyment.Also you can buy some little special handicrafts at the market around the road lead to Jiuzhaigou. Most of the vendors are local people. It's very cheap and traditional... if you are good...

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  • souvenirs

    Avoid purchasing your souvenirs at Jiuzhaigou, try Songpan instead. Almost half price. Tibetan style handmade crafts,souvenirs. An ashtray costs less than RMB20, so compare the price they ask for any other stuff you are interested in .

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  • Tibetian fashion

    Along the street, you will find alot of store selling handicraft like pouches and hat. Sometime you can find interesting stuffs like beautiful craft dragger and also hand-make goat leather hat. Try to ask for discount as they normal will pull up the price.

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Jiuzhaigou Local Customs

  • Fotos / Photos

    Dada la belleza que tiene Jiuzhai Gou , muchas parejas de recién casados o de novios aprovechan para hacerse fotos , teniendo como fondo los lagos y los ríos con sus colores impresionantesHay otros tipos de fotos y son las que se hacen los turista Chinos poniéndose las ropas de tibetanos y haciéndose un retrato de recuerdoGiven the beauty scenary...

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  • 108 Lagos / 108 Lakes

    Dicen las leyendas que hace mucho tiempo la deidad de la montaña llamado Dago sintió un flechazo por la diosa Semo, y él le regaló a la diosa un espejo que estaba hecho partir del viento y de nubes . Sin embargo, el diablo apareció y creó problemas a Semo. Sin querer , Semo rompió el espejo en 108 piezas, que cayeron a la tierra y se convirtieron...

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  • Tibetian dancing

    The dancing was great and colourful. Cost RMB150 per person and the whole show lasted over 2 hours.The show was loud with lots of band and singing, and have a bit of interaction between the visitors. But unless you know Chinese, you are not going to understand what they mean.Lots of beautiful Tibetian girls waiting outside the hall and putting...

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Jiuzhaigou Warnings and Dangers

  • 4 days no-shopping trip - disappointment

    We were in Jiuzhaigou and Munigou 4 days trip (the only one the travel office recommended as a no-shopping trip from Chengdu). The way there was informed to last 8-9 hours, but it took 11,5 hours. The second day we were in Jiuzhaigou, which was really nice. Next day the schedule said, we will stay in Munigou scenic spot for 2 hours. Before we got...

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  • prevent mountain sickness

    it can't be said you will or will not suffer it. to prevent, you may take the hongjingtian capsules, with the ingredients of hongjingtian herbal medicine 3-5 days in advance before arriving jiuzhaigou/huanglong.if hongjingtian capsule not be found, you may also try nuodikang capsule which also includes hongjingtian herbal medicine and ususally...

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  • Local people selling stuff at Ming...

    One hour driving from Jiuzhaigou is the source of the Ming river (see picture). Everyone who goes to Jiuzhaigou passes there. Sometimes there are local women standing there to sell things. Don't touch any of the things they sell!! Our guide said that one time one of her tourists touched something and they had a really long discussion then with the...

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Jiuzhaigou Tourist Traps

  • Shopping

    If you take a tour from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, the bus will stop at many shopping places. The prices are items are over priced at these places. I have more fun leaving the shopping places and seeing what the locals had for sale. Sometimes the bus tour will try to stop you from going across the street to see what the locals have as the tour company...

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  • Tibetan cultural "home" visit

    It was presented to us as a home visit to a REAL Tibetan family, but it turned out to be a money churning tourist trap. Bus loads of tourists came in batches; given a scanty run thru on Tibetan culture with props that they claimed were genuine alter. Then batches of about 100+ tourists were crammed into a small room 20' x 30'. It was about 4* C...

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  • Jiuzhaigou Today

    I have been in Jiuzhaigou 1987 more than 20 years ago. Tourism in this place was just beginning. We could enjoy the fantastic landscape with thousands of lakes and beautiful forests almost alone. Now I have seen newest pics from Jiuzhaigou in autumn, with masses of people at the lakesides, big hotels and many busses. So, even though autumn is...

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Jiuzhaigou What to Pack

  • Carry a daypack within the park.

    Bring a daypack to hold your lunch and to carry a light jacket or sweater. I had a big one but is was not very full and worked out well. A small one is better.Please rate this and others tips when you find them interesting, or useful, or you like the pictures. :)

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  • Packing List

    - Warm Coat: because temperature various between day and night. Even in summer day, in late afternoon it may be quite cold. - Umbrella: rains quite frequently during the day - Comfortable shoes- Sun glasses: in sunny day, the sun shine is quite strong you may suffer from mountain sickness, so be prepare.

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  • Be preapred for Cold Winter

    Thick Winter Jackets, gloves, thermal wear are required in Nov onwards. Moisturizer and Lip Balms are essential for the cold weather. Bring lots of memory, external hard disk, batteries or film as you may take lots of pictures in this beautiful place. Tibetian Medicine for high altitude - Hong jing Tian will be sold by your local guide.motion...

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Jiuzhaigou Off The Beaten Path

  • Something to try to avoid the crowds

    Something to try to avoid the crowdsMany 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...

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  • Explore one of the villages within...

    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.Please rate this and other tips when you find them interesting or useful, or like my...

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  • Try to get away for the crowds of...

    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 holidaysMany are in tours groups and are just following the guide's flag. The trails are well marked and...

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Jiuzhaigou Favorites

  • Web site for more information

    Things change very fast in China. The following web site as additional, up to date on Jiuzhaigou.http://www.jiuzhai.com/language/english/index.html

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  • Jiuzhaigou self guided visit tips

    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...

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  • Explore waterfalls and lakes

    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...

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