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Jiuzhaigou Valley

Listed under National Parks in Southwest China, China.

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The next day it was off to Jiuzhaigou – the one place in China that I heard (from three different people) shouldn’t be missed. It’s a heck of a journey to Jiuzhaigou valley, so you have to REALLY want to see it. The easiest way to get there is by 10 hour bus (during the day) from Chengdu. Half the journey is on a very straight highway but the other half winds through the mountains bordering eastern Tibet, so you can only imagine…

After such a journey, what I wanted most was a warm room with a hot shower. I was able to find a very nice guesthouse (called “Jiu Zhai Ren Jia” – or “Uncle Jiang’s Guesthouse”), which catered to western travelers. The next day, a Spanish traveler and I set out to visit the nature park. It was early November and unfortunately we missed the fall colors by just a few weeks. It was very cold in the park – especially in the morning where we started our visit in the “Primevil Forest.” There was already ice (not snow!) on the ground, and even though the day was sunny it was frigid cold walking around. The sun finally warmed things up for us – albeit briefly, since the park is located deep in the valley and the sun shines into it for maybe only 4 hours a day.

Despite the cold weather and bare mountain, the lakes and waterfalls in the park are amazing. I’ve never seen such crystal clear blue green water in my life. The park is well-maintained with a lovely path that covered nearly the whole length of the park, often winding its way OVER the water so that visitors can see the trees and waterfalls close up. I have every intention of returning to this lovely park – either in the fall (mid October) or any time warmer than November.

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Written by  Brenda Yun.

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“Jiuzhaigou Valley”

'Stretching over 72,000 ha in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the jagged Jiuzhaigou valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their s… Read more...

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