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Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide and Tour Packages

Jiuzhaigou, literally means "Valley of Nine Villages", is one of the best places to see the beauty of our mother nature. It is famous for having the most beautiful water views in China. The ancient Tibetan village in the valley is another attractive feature of Jiuzhaigou. Jiuzhaigou now is a national park, and was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.Jiuzhaigou Valley is located in Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Region of northern Sichuan, approximately 540km away from Chengdu. There is a saying popular among travelers - ”One doesn’t want to see any other water landscape after visiting Jiuzhaigou”. You can hardly image how stunning the water views are in Jiuzhaigou. There are 108 plateau lakes, together with many streams, waterfalls, rivers and beaches, form a colorful and peaceful picture. Travelers use six phrases to describe the features of Jiuzhaigou: green lakes, superimposed waterfalls, colorful forests, pure snow mountains, impressive Tibetan custom, and blue ice.

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Jiuzhaigou Valley Has 114 Pretty Lakes

Jiuzhaigou consists of three connecting valleys shaping like a “Y”. Zechawang Valley is located on the left and Rize Valley on the right. The two valleys meet together from north to south, then form the Shuzheng Valley. Most attractions in Jiuzhaigou spread in these three valleys, and can be visited both by convenient sightseeing bus and tourist walking path.

Shuzheng Valley

Entering Jiuzhaigou Gate, you will first reach Shuzheng Vally which lasts about 14.5km. There are not many attractions and tourists on the beginning part of Shuzheng Valley, which is a great chance to hike the tourist path. But don’t spend too much time here, because you have to visit other two valleys in a day. From the Jiuzhaigou gate, apart from several large lakes – Sparking Lake, Grass Lake, Tiger Lake and Rhino Lake, there are other more than 40 beautiful small lakes. There is also a sideway to a featured Bon Buddhist monastery – Zharu Monastery. You may don’t know Tibetans in Jiuzhaigou, Songpan area are followers of traditional Bon Buddhism which is quite different from Tibetan Buddhism, for instance, the turning direction of praying wheel is anticlockwise, while the tradition in Tibetan Buddhism is clockwise way. The most famous attraction of Shuzheng Valley is the Nuorilang Waterfall. It is 20 meters high and 320 meters wide. It is recorded as the widest highland waterfall in China, the widest travertine-topped waterfall in the world. Above the waterfall are Nuorilang Lakes and Shuzheng Lakes are a serious lakes surrounded by colorful trees.

Rize Valley

Rize Valley is the right branch of “Y”. It is also the most beautiful alley compared to other two valleys. Stetching 18km from Nuorilang Waterfall to the end, the valley has most fantastic lakes in Jiuzhaigou, including the Mirror Lake, Peal Lake, Five – Flower Lake, Panda Lake, Jianzhu Lake and Swan Lake, etc. So you need to leave enough time to explore this valley, though you can’t actually really see the pandas in Panda Lake, peal in the Pearl Lake, or swan on the Swan Lake. But the changing stunning landscape along the valley will make your eyes and camera busy, especially the colorful Five – Flower Lake which reflects many different colors in different seasons.

Zechawang Valley

Zechawang Valley is the left branch of “Y”. It is the highest-altitude sightseeing route in Jiuzhaigou. The best attractions are Five-color Lake and Long Lake. The Five-color Lake doesn’t really have five colors, in fact, it reflects different colors of blue under the rich and bright sunlight. Long Lake is the largest lake in Jiuzhaigou, covering more than 7.5km with largest depth of 103m. Hiking from Five-color Lake to Long Lake is the best experience in Zechawang Valley.

Recommended length of visiting: 2~3 days;

Ticket fee: Peak season (April 1th to November 15th) – 220 RMB ; Off season(November 13th to March 31th ) – 90 RMB;

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    Photography

    If you are a photographer, you have to come to Jiuzhaigou, ideal place for some serious photography. Seasons and weather are very important for photography. We advise you to visit Jiuzhaigou in Autumn(Oct, Sept) and Winter(Dec, Jan). You can spend two days in Jiuzhaigou and one extra day to Huanglong.

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    Walking and Trekking

    With many well-paved plank roads in the valleys, travelers can walk leisurely on the roads while enjoy the stunning landscape of lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. Most small sights can be reached by both walking and park bus.

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    Local Tibetan Folk Shows

    Jiuzhaigou area is the hometown for some Tibetans in northern Sichuan Province. If you are interested in experiencing authentic Tibetan culture, you can go to watch a Tibetan Opera Show, or join in locals to take part in a bonfire party of mutton BBQ.

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    Nearby Trip to Huanglong

    Travelers usually travel Jiuzhagou with Huanglong which is also a World Natural Heritage Site. It has a far-reaching mountain views and spectacular Calcified ponds.

How to Get to & around Jiuzhaigou

You have several choices to get to/off Jiuzhaigou – by flight, bus, or private vehicle. Chengdu is the most important transfer hub to Jiuzhaigou either by air or road. So far, there is any train to Jiuzhaigou, but the railway is already under construction.

Taking Flight to Jiuzhaigou

Air travel to Jiuzhaigou is fast and covenient. It flys only about 45mins to get to Jiuzhaigou Hunaglong Airport from Chengdu Shuanglui Airport. And there are frequent schedules of flight each day, up to more than 20 flights during peak season. The flight tickets range from less then 300 RMB(OFF SEASON) to more than 2000 RMB(PEAK SEASON). Some tourists also choose to fly to Jiuzhaigou from other cities in China, such as Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, etc. Whenever you want to travel to Jiuzhaigou, book the ticket in advance. Flight to Jiuzhagou >

Driving to Jiuzhaigou

If you travel by land, you have a full day driving to Jiuzhaigou while you can enjoy amazing landscape on the road. The driving from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou goes about 450km, passing by Dujiangyan, Wenchuan, Songpan, etc. If you are solo traveler, you can take public bus from Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station (Address: 289, 5th Section of West Third Ring Road, Jinniu District, Chengdu; Ticket: around 170 RMB) Take Bus to Jiuzhaigou >

Jiuzhaigou Travel Tips

No matter you travel as a backpacker or travel with a local travel agency, you should do some homework before your trip - learn about the transportation, weather, food, hotels. Following are essential tips on planning a trip to Jiuzhaigou. We would be happy to help you if you have any question.

Best Time to Vist

The best months to visit Jiuzhaigou – September, October and November of Autumn. You’d better not plan your trip in Chinese holidays. Spring and winter are the off season with less crowds. You can also visit Jiuzhaigou with a lower budget. Summer is also a good season to see the prosperous landscape in Jiuzhaigou.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Jiuzhaigou is not a problem to worry. From international brands, like Continental and Sheraton, to local-run hotels of different standards, a comfortable stay is guaranteed. But one has to be clear about locations of hotels - some near to the national park, some not. In peak season, need to book in advance.

Food and Drinking

Chinese food is mainly served in restaurants. Some luxury hotels, such as Continental and Sheraton, also offer great western food. In case of inadaptation of local food, you can pack some your favorite snacks for your trip. There is also a Chinese restaurants offering basic Chinese cuisine in Jiuzhaigou National Park.

High Altitude

The average altitude of Jiuzhaigou National Park is only around 2,000m, while most attractions in the Huanglong National Park locates above 3,000 meters. One should get fully prepared for Huanglong visit(keeping fit, medicine, oxygen). Always remember to keep yourself from catching a cold.

Wearing Ideas

Wear for seasons. In summer days, you can wear casually but has to cover a warm coat for morning and night. There is a big temperature gap between daytime and night. If you want to travel during autumn and winter, thick clothes, pants, hats are all needed. Walking shoes are very suggested.

Useful Maps

Jiuzhaigou Vally is located in Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Region of northern Sichuan Province. It is about 440km from Chengdu, 90km from Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport. Both driving and flight can take you there. Currently there is no train to Jiuzhaigou. more details>>

Latest Budget Jiuzhaigou Tours for 2017

What is the best way to travel to Jiuzhaigou? It is hard to say! It depends on your days, budget and travel style. But no matter driving from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, or directly flying to Jiuzhaigou, you won't regret. We have three following classic Jiuzhaigou vacation packages all of which start from Chengdu with budget prices. We are also pleasant to help you design a suitable itinerary of your own if you need.

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    Private Jiuzhaigou Tour by Driving - 4 Days from $655

    This is a ground tour to Jiuzhaigou. The amazing waterfall and turquoise lakes in Jiuzhaigou will drop your jaws. The stunning calcium lakes of Huanglong will also take your breath away. This tour also visits the traditional Qiang place and the historical Dujiangyan Irrigation System.

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    Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Highlights Tour – 5 days from $738

    This 5 days short trip covers the best highlighting things to do both in Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou. You will visit Giant Panda and other highlights in Chengdu. Then take flight to Jiuzhaigou where you will spend two days to enjoy the breathtaking lakes, waterfalls, mountains, etc.

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    Budget Jiuzhaigou Group Tour from Chengdu – 4 days from $406

    More than 450km away from Chengdu, it is usually cost a lot of money to pay a trip to Jiuzhaigou if you taking a private tour package. Here we have brought you the best deal of Jiuzhaigou tour in a small group, much lower price, high quality service. Don’t miss it.

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    Jiuzhaigou Budget Self Guided Tour - 4 Days from $168

    This is a very cheap self-guided tour to Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Park. You will take bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, also use park buses to transfer between Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong. This is a very good choice for people who have a budget.

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About 45mins' fly from Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou is a fantastic land of sceneries - lakes, waterfalls, forests...

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Chengdu

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Leshan has the largest stone buddha, also a World Heritage Site, Leshan Giant Buddha.

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Emeishan is only about two hours driving from Chengdu. You can visit Buddhist temple and trek.

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Siguniangshan

Mount Siguniang has four magnificent peaks to climb and three beautiful valleys to visit.

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Sertar

Sertar is the Kingdom of Buddhism. It is famous for Buddhist culture and beautiful prairies.

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Kangding

Kangding is featured in Tibetan culture and landscape. It has Hailuogou and Minya Konka.

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Shunan Bamboo

Shunan Bamboo Forest in Yibin is a cool place for summer retreat, also a good place for trip.

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Daocheng Yading

Many people believe Daocheng Yading is the Real Shangrila. It is also a good place for trekking.

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