Things to do in Jiuzhaigou & Huanglong
Jiuzhaigou, known as "the Land of Fairy Tale", is the most popular travel destination in Sichuan. It was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, attracting millions of travelers to visit every year. There are 3 valleys, about 108 lakes, 3 waterfall groups, a number of endangered plant and animal species in Jiuzhaigou.
A complete Jiuzhaigou tour includes not only sightseeing in Jiuzhaigou valley, but also visiting Huanglong National Park which was also listed as World Heritage Site in 1992. Huanglong is known for its colorful pools formed by calcite deposits, diverse forest ecosystems, snow-capped peaks, etc.
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No.1: Jiuzhaigou Valley
Type: National Parks
Recommended Length of Visit: 1 day
Jiuzhaigou consists of three valleys-Rize Valley, Shuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley which form a shape of “Y”. Shuzheng Valley is as long as 14km and has more than 40 lakes, and takes you 2-3 hours to visit. The most popular sightseeing spots are Spark Lake, Tiger Lake, Tibetan villages, Nuorilang Waterfall.
After sightseeing in Shuzheng Vally, go ahead to your next stop - Zechawa Valley which is the longest and highest of the three valleys. You can have a quick snack or a cup of yak butter tea here, then visit the beautiful Long Lake and Five Colored Pond (Wu Cai Chi).
Your last stop is Rize Valley, where you will see the some of the most fascinating colored lakes in Jiuzhai Valley, the tallest waterfalls and some of the parks most impressive forests.
No.2: Huanglonggou Valley(Huanglong National Park)
Type: Scenic/ Historic Areas, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Recommended Length of Visit: 4-5 hours
Huanglonggou is famous for incredible calcified scenery. Along the 7km valleys, you will see plentiful different shaped and colorful calcified ponds, caves, waterfalls, streams, stones, etc, which has earned itself the fame of "Heaven Lake" as well as the "Calcification Museum". There are two ways to sightsee the Huanglonggou Valley - footpath and cableway. You can hike from the valley gate (north) up to the top of the valley (south). At the elevation of 3990m, there are the best highlights of Huanglonggou Valley - Five - color Pouds. There are 693 pounds of different size, different shape, different color which look like beautiful emeralds. As for the downhill, you can hike down by another footpath or take a cableway down to the Travelers Center. The best way is taking cableway up to the top, and then hiking down if you want to travel by a relaxing way.
Usually, Huanglonggou Valley is recommended to be toured with Jiuzhaigou Valley because only a half day is needed to see the highlights all. From November 15th to April 15th of next year, Huanglonggou Valley is closed due to heavy snowfall.
No.3: Munigou Valley
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Recommended Length of Visit: 4-5 hours
Although Mounigou Valley has an elevation of 4070m, it presents you prosperous colorful mountain and water view. The magic Mother Nature has created not only amazing natural views but also great ethnic and religious culture. Mounigou Valley is divided into two parts: Zhaga Waterfall and Erdao Lakes. It is featured in virgin forests, mountainous lake, hot spring, large calcified waterfalls and ponds. You will totally get lost in the picturesque scenery which is perfectly formed by mountains, water, trees.
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- 3 Days Classic Jiuzhaigou Tour by Flight
Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou
- 5 Days Classic Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou Tour
Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou
- 3 Days Jiuzhaigou & Mounigou Winter Tour