Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou National Park) Contents
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Tours & Itinerary to Jiuzhaigou
If you just want to visit Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), you need two days to finish your tour. But many tourists only visit for one day considering tickets. Besides Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), sights surrounding Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou) like Yellow Dragon, Miyaluo, Bipeng Valley, Wenchuan, Qiangcheng Mountain, Dujiangyan, etc, are all good options for tourists. In this way there are many routes for tourists to choose, the following are some representatives.
1-day Tour in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou)
Rizegou (Mirror Lake)–Pearl Shoal–Five Flower Lake–Panda Lake–Fargesia Lake)–Nuorilang Center–Zechawa Valley (Five Flower Lake–Long Lake)–Nuorilang Center–Shuzheng Valley (Rhinoceros Lake–Tiger Lake–Shuzheng Lakes–Reed Lake–Penjing Shoal)
After entering the scenic spot, you can take sightseeing car to arrive at Mirror Lake, because it is the most beautiful at 8 AM. The water is quiet, and as flat as a big mirror. That time is the best time to take pictures of Mirror Lake. Then you can take bus forward, visiting Pearl Shoal, Five Flower Lake, Panda Lake, and Fargesia Lake, finally arrive at Original Forests. The main beauty lies on water in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), and one day for tour is short, so we suggest you go to visit Original Forests first, and take bus return Nuorilang Center. You can have lunch at Nuorilang Center, including box lunch, instant noddles and cafeteria.
After lunch, you can take sightseeing car to Zechawa Valley to visit Five Flower Lake and Long Lake. It is enough to use 1. 5 hours to tour these two sights in Zechawa Valley.
After that you can take bus back to Nuorilang Center at around 2 PM, and you can walk to visit Shuzheng Valley. From Nuorilang Waterfall, you can walk on plank bridge along Shuzheng Valley, to visit Rhinoceros Lake, Tiger Lake, Shuzheng Lakes, and Reed Lake, and the last sight, Penjing Shoal. Finally you take bus from Penjing Shoal to the mouth of the valley, and finish your whole day trip.
Panorama 2-day Tour in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou)
D1: the mouth of the valley–Lotus Leaf Village–Shuzheng Village–Long Lake–Five Color Lake–Season Lake–Nuorilang–the mouth of the valley
D2: the mouth of the valley–Rizegou (Original Forests–Fargesia Lake–Panda Lake–Five Flower Lake–Pearl Shoal Waterfall–Mirror Lake–Nuorilang Waterfall)–Shuzheng Waterfall–Mill–Shuzheng Lakes–Fire Lake–Penjing Shoal
D1: From the mouth of the valley, you can walk about 1 hour to Lotus Leaf Village, then walk from Lotus Leaf Village to Shuzheng Village, about 3 hours through plank bridge, visiting Penjing Shoal, Reed Lake, Dragons Lake, Fire Lake, Lying Dragon Lake, Shuzheng Lakes, Princess Lake, Mill and Shuzheng Village one by one, all of which are beautiful scenery along the way. You can have a rest in Shuzheng Village, and have lunch that you have prepared already. After lunch, you can take bus in Shuzheng Village directly or you can transfer bus in Nuorilang Center to visit Long Lake, about 30 minutes from Nuorilang to Long Lake by bus. Then you can walk from Long Lake to Five Color Lake, which is the smallest lake in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), and famous for “delicate and colorful” (about 20 minutes by walking). If you are interested, you can keep walking to Up-Season Lake. But it is far to go to Down-Season Lake. Sightseeing car will not stop at Up-Season Lake or Down-Season Lake, so you can only enjoy the scenery on bus. Next you can take bus from Five Color Lake to Nuorilang Tour Center, to visit Nuorilang Waterfall and Nuorilang Lakes. Then you can take bus at the station back to the mouth of the valley.
Leaving Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), if you still have time, you can go shopping on Bianbian Street at the right side of the mouth of the valley. On the street there are all kinds of street vendors, open-air cinema, bar, pharmacy, Tibetan accessories, topper, hair towel, ornaments, shawls and many restaurants. On Bianbian Street the roasted whole lamb and roasted yak meat are worthwhile to taste, and you can have dinner on the street (or you can live in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou) at night).
First you should take bus to the top of Original Forests which is the farthest, then walk to Grass Lake and Swan Lake (about 2. 3 KM), next you go to Fargesia Lake by bus (about 7 KM). From Fargesia to Mirror Lake, sights on the way are dense, so we suggest you visit them on foot (about 7 KM). For lunch you can have cafeteria at Nuorilang Center Restaurant inside the valley (25 Yuan per person), we suggest you bring food yourself, because it is not delicious and waste time to eat at restaurant. In the evening if you choose you stay inside the valley (usually in Shuzheng Village, the biggest Tibetan village), you can have dinner and breakfast next day at Tibetan people’s family, 60 Yuan per person including accommodation fee and meal fee.
D2: After entering the scenic spot in the morning, you can take bus at the door directly to Original Forests at the end of Rizegou, when you get off the bus, you can walk on the plank bridge inside the original forests. It is not a big original forest, so you can only take about 30 minutes to finish visiting it. Then you can take bus from Original Forests to visit Fargesia Lake. You can enjoy Grass Lake and Swan Lake on sightseeing car because it does not stop at these two lakes.
From Fargesia Lake, the section northward is the core section in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou). Walking on the plank bridge, you can get close to Fargesia Lake, Fargesia Lake Waterfall, Panda Lake, Panda Lake Three Waterfalls, Five Flower Lake, Gold Ring Lake, and Pearl Shoal. This section will take you about 4 to 5 hours to finish your trip. At noon you can eat the food you prepared before on the way you visit Fargesia Lake.
After lunch, you can take bus at the station down to Rhinoceros Lake and Tiger Lake. If you don’t have enough time, you can just enjoy the scenery on bus rather than get off the bus. You can get off the bus when you arrive at Tiger Lake, walk on the plank bridge, and walk to Fire Lake. The section of scenery along the plank bridge is very beautiful, which is worthwhile for you enjoy slowly. There is few cars on the road from Fire Lake to Penjing Shoal, so we suggest you enjoy the beautiful scenery of Reed Lake on the bus. After finishing visiting Penjing Shoal, you can take bus out of Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), and finish your 2-day tour in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou).
6-day Tour for Sightseeing Surrounding Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou)
D1: Chengdu–Dujiangyan–Wenchuan–Chuanzhu Temple
D2: Chuanzhu Temple–Yellow Dragon–Mouth of Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou)
D3: 1-day Tour in Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou)
D4: Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou)–Songpan–Ruoergai–Hongyuan
D6: Miyaluo–Li County–Wenchuan–Chengdu
D1: At 8 AM in the morning you start your trip in Chengdu, enjoy the landscape of western Sichuan, Tibetan and Qiang style, and Min River landscape along the way, about 300 KM of the whole trip, about 8 hours of driving.
D2: After breakfast, you can go to visit Yellow Dragon Scenic Spot in Songpan County. Also you can visit Yingbin Color Pool, Golden Sand Ground, Xishen Cave and Five Color Pool, etc. The altitude of Yellow Dragon is high, so you can decide yourself to go or not to go, usually it takes 3 to 4 hours. After finishing visiting, you can go to Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou) Scenic Spot, and live in the hotel near the scenic spot.
D3: Go to see Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou) 1-day Tour (on page 12)
D4: After breakfast starting from Jiuzhai valley(Jiuzhaigou), you can go to Ruoergai Grassland, the biggest grassland in Sichuan, to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the grassland and Yellow River. In the evening you can go to live in Hongyuan.
D5: After breakfast you can experience the fresh air by riding horse on the grassland, next you can go to enjoy the evening rays on the grassland of the high mountain. Then you can return Guergou to enjoy the hot spring, pay to enjoy the performance, eat Tibetan food, and join in the Campfire Evening of Roasted Whole Lamb and Guozhuang Dance.
D6: Starting from Miyaluo, passing by Li County, Wenchuan, you can stay in Wenchuan, to visit Earthquake Museum and other relics. Then you can return Chengdu from Wenchuan, and enjoy Min River Scenery along the way.