In July 2007, we went to Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong Mountain in the province Sichuan. Both attractions are listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Jiuzhaigou nature park is a national tourist attraction in China and gets lots of chinese tourists in the high season. It is about 350 km north of Chengdu. Chengdu is 500m above sea level, Jiuzhaigou about 2000m. By bus it takes about 10hrs but there are also many daily flights from Chengdu.
The first day we went to Huanglong Mountain (above 3000m). A cable car took us to the top where we could walk to the pools and hot springs.
The second day, our bus brought us near the entrance of Jiuzhaigou where we had to get out. First we went to the main building where digital group photos were taken of all of us. These photos are printed directly on the backside of the tickets and are the evidence that you in person have paid. The entrance fee for Jiuzhaigou is 220 Yuan + 90 Yuan for the park bus. A ticket is valid for 2 days. If you don't make such a photo, you have to buy a new ticket when you want to re-enter the park the second day.
In Jiuzhaigou are internal non-pollution park buses which bring visitors into the park. The visitors can then walk from one stop to the other stop. In the park is also a Tibetan village and a large restaurant where guest can choose of several buffets (40,60 or 80 Yuan).
Jiuzhaigou is composed of three valleys arranged in a Y shape. We visited first the Zechawa Valley(18km), which starts at the Long Lake (3150m) and then downhill till the Nuorilang Waterfall.
The next day we went to the Rize Valley(also 18km). The Rize Valley is considered as the most beautiful part of Jiuzhaigou. We walked here along a few lakes back into the direction of the Shuzheng Valley. This hike was very pleasant because the wood boardwalks are just above the streaming water in the forests.
The Shuzheng Valley is the valley which starts from the entrance to the Nuorilang Waterfall. The hike on the wood boardwalks is 14km.
Day four we went back to Chengdu.
Our tour was an organized Chinese tour for 1000 Yuan per person. This was including entrance fees for Jiuzhaigou (220+90) and Huanglong (200 Yuan) and 3 nights in a 3-star hotel with meals. The cable car was excluded (80 Yuan per person).The hotels were disappointing, the first one was basic and dirty. Another trip to Emeishan we had two-star hotels but these were clean and good.
A single bus ticket Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou is about 100 Yuan. An one-way airline ticket is between 740-1000 Yuan. The airport is 88 kilometers from Jiuzhaigou. It cost 45 Yuan with the airport bus to Jiuzhaigou. A taxi from the airport is around 280-300 Yuan. In Jiuzhaigou are plenty of taxis on the street. Rate for the first 3 km is 8 Yuan.
An organized tour is a good choice if you have little time and/or don't want to organize it yourself. Big disadvantage is that you have too little time to make a longer hike. Our tour group arrived the first day in Jiuzhaigou at 10.30. The second day we allready left at 15.00. The park is open at 7.30 till 18.00.
Jiuzhaigou entrance and visitor center
non-pollution buses in the park
hiking in the right valley
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