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My coming & dream travel destination: Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China

I am planning a trip to Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan province, the home to panda.

A quick overview about this place:

Jiuzhaigou Valley (Simplified Chinese: 九寨沟; Traditional Chinese: 九寨溝; Pinyin: Jiǔzhàigōu; lit. “Valley of Nine Villages”; Tibetan: Sicadêgu(gZi rTSa sDe dGu)) is a nature reserve in northern Sichuan province of China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape)in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

more from wikipedia .

Fairy Pool

Our current itinerary is:

  • D1: fly from Shanghai to Chongqing at night, stay at a hotel [¥128/night, double bed] near the airport. [note: China national day holiday, aks Golden Week, is from Oct. 1 – 7. Our flight is on Oct 5. Chongqing is a less popular travel destination so we can get better price of the tickets. ¥ 600/person b4 tax.]
  • D2: fly from Chongqing to Jiuzhaigou – huanglong airport in the early morning. (first flight at 6:50am, arrive at 7:50 am. So we have a whole day to start with. ¥590/person b4 tax.]
  • D2: visit an acient town called “song pan”松潘 which is about 50 km south from the airport. Join a tour to visit a much less crowded valley called “mou ni gou” 牟尼沟. This place is only accessible by horse.
  • D2: Camp with the tour at the valley or go back to “song pan”松潘.
  • D3: Plan 1,back trip from 牟尼沟 to 松潘 if we stay in Valley for the night. Plan 2: Visit Fariy Pool, which is about 10-20km away from Jiuzhaigou Valley in the morning and go to jiuzhaigou downtown in the afternoon.
  • D3: Stay in jiuzhaigou downtown. Budge hotel rooms are around ¥150-200/night in peak season like Oct.
  • D4. D5: visit Jiuzhaigou. [Note: Usually, the ticket is allowed twice entrance to the park. But during Golden Week, the admission ticket is only allowed ONE time entrance. So we have to wait until Oct. 8.]
  • D6: Take a bus or rent a private car back to Chengdu. Plan to visit “home of panda” wolong 卧龙 on the way.
  • D7: Relax in Chengdu city and go hunt for some great Sichun food. Fly back to Shanghai at night. Ticket will be 50% more expensive!
Here is the best MAP resources i can find on the Web: (sorry, in Chinese only)

Sounds good, hum?  I will updat the other travel tips when we are back.

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6 responses to “My coming & dream travel destination: Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China”

  1. Gudrun says:

    neat itinerary! My kids and I just finished a book about Giant Pandas, will you post pictures of your trip?

  2. admin says:

    Sure I will. 😉

  3. […] I just got back from one of the most beautiful places in China, which is called Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan Province as I planned.  It is a much less well-known national park among foreginers since i didn’t see many there,  though it is one of 166 UNESCO World Natural Heritages in the world according to the number on wikipedia, and one of 45 in Asia Pacific.  I have to say this is a MUST visit place in China if you want to get out of city to see the natual beauty of China. […]

  4. ipar says:

    how about XINJIANG of China?
    XINJIANG has alot of long gread history .if your have time come to XINJIANG.

  5. danix says:

    if your have time come to XINJIANG.

  6. ice road says:

    DO you like travel ?
    Welcome ! Welcome !

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