“Most Beautiful Waterscape in China”, “World Natural Heritage Sites”, “5A National Park”, “Fairytale Land” – Jiuzhaigou is worthy any of these reputations. That’s why Jiuzhaigou is regarded as the paradise for photography. Every photographer comes on an impulse, and leaves on a satisfaction.

Jiuzhaigou is located in northern Sichuan – Aba Tibetan & Qiang Autonomous Region, and can be reached by flight and car. Over 108 lakes, 3 groups of waterfalls, vast wild forests and giant high snow mountains intersperse on three long stretching valleys – Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley and Zechawang Valley, which allows you to take endless materials and angles to shoot.

This Jiuzhaigou photography tour can be customized depending on what photos you want to take, and on the weather condition when you go. Feel free to tell your interests and ideas to your personal travel consultants!

Important Notice: Currently there is only one flight operated between Chengdu and Jiuzhai which only flys in Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Chengdu to Jiuzhai flight departs from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 22:05, and arrive at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport at 23:05. The return flight departs from Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport at 23:50, and arrive at Chengdu at 00:55. Please contact your travel consultant to adjust your itinerary accordingly.

Basic Photography Info

Travel Route: Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou

Travel Length: 4 Days

Tour Code: CD-PTJZT-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: You Choose (you may plan it according to the best season and time.)

Itinerary Details Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou Valley

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Today after breakfast, your personal guide will escort you to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport for your onward flight to Jiuzhaigou. Upon your arrival, the , your local guide will pick you up at Jiuhuang Airport.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You’ll marvel at Huanglong Temple and fabulous Five-Color Ponds.

Last, drive to Jiuzhaigou for accommodation.

Huanglong Five-Color Ponds
Day 2 Jiuzhaigou Valley ( B )

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Today, you will visit and take photos in Shuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley.

Entering the gate of Jiuzhaigou National Park, you will first be welcomed by Shuzheng Valley. The first site for shooting is the Reed Sea where dense plateau reeds sticking in a large pure lake. Going deeper, there are sightseeing sites Flaming Sea, Shuzheng Seas, Shuzheng Waterfall, Tiger Sea and Rhinoceros Sea, etc. The end of Shuzheng Valley locates the famous Nuorilang Waterfall which is 270 meters wide and 24.5 meters high.

After lunch, take sightseeing bus from Nuorilang to the end of Zechawa Valley to Visiting Long Lake, Five-color Lake, then take sightseeing bus back to the entrance of Jiuzhaigou for accommodation.

Jiuzhaigou Walking Tour
Day 3 Jiuzhaigou Valley ( B )

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Today's highlight is the most beautiful valleys of Jiuzhaigou - Rize Valley. After breakfast, you will take a sightseeing bus to the end of Rize Valley, then start your photowork while enjoy some leisure walking.  With a total length of 18km, the route links Nuorilang and virgin forests. Here are all colors of the lakes like a kaleidoscope, fairyland tranquil and abstruse, mystic mirror. Waterfalls here have the tallest drop. Beaches look like treasure house. Virgin forest reach to the sky...luckily, these all fabulous landscape are yours to keep in your camera.

Last, take the sighseeing bus to the entrance for accommodation.

Rize Valley
Day 4 Jiuzhaigou Valley Departure ( B )

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After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to Chengdu or other destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

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Jiuzhaigou actually is a vast area, and every valley has its own features. Since photography is a time-consuming process, so it is impossible to shoot all highlights in a single day. So we suggest you divide your trip into two days’ photography – one day to shoot Shuzheng and Zechawang Valley, and another day to visit the most beautiful Rize Valley.

Best Sites for Photography

Shuzheng Valley

Entering the gate of Jiuzhaigou National Park, you will first be welcomed by Shuzheng Valley. It is suggested to take photos from the western highway to shoot eastern scenes in the morning with a dark background light which is helpful to highlight an individual scene. The first site for shooting is the Reed Sea where dense plateau reeds sticking in a large pure lake. 9:00 AM of summer and autumn days is the best time to find the view that morning sunlight shine on the lake. Going deeper, there are sightseeing sites Flaming Sea, Shuzheng Seas, Shuzheng Waterfall, Tiger Sea and Rhinoceros Sea, the best hours for photography are: Flaming Sea(9:00~10:00), Shuzheng Seas(9:30), Shuzheng Waterfall(11:00), Tiger Sea(11:00) and Rhinoceros Sea(9:30). The end of Shuzheng Valley locates the famous Nuorilang Waterfall which is 270 meters wide and 24.5 meters high. Only the time between 10:00 and 12:00 is the best time to get the perfect scene with enough light.

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Zechawang Valley

Zechawang Valley has fewer attractions to see. The best highlights are Long Lake and Five-color Pond which both locate at the end of the valley. You can take scenic bus immediately to the end of valley to take photos. The best scenery of Long Lake is the reflection of snow mountains and forests in the calm surface of lake. The Five-color Lake is a graceful lake which is famous for its bright and distinct colors. It is so clean that the cobbles in the bottom of lake can be seen glittering under sunlight. The inverted reflection of the nearby woods and colorful scenery makes the lake very taste that the cameras like. The shooting of Zechawang Valley is usually arranged in the afternoon after the Shuzheng Valley.

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Rize Valley

Rize Valley is the God-given place which is perfect for photography with perfect presentation of mother nature – a fairy land tranquil and dynamic. Here you can see lakes like a mystic mirror, waterfalls with the tallest drop, virgin forest with different colors, snow mountains dominating in the sky…

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The main spots for photo shooting are Mirror Sea, Pearl Beach, Five-flower Sea, Swan Sea and so on. To get the best scene of Mirror Lake, you have to reach there to catch the best hour (08:00) when the lake is really like a mirror without winds. Rich sunlight is helpful to take some steric and bright photos of Pearl Beach Waterfalls, so the best time is from 10:00 to 14:00 when the sun slants onto the waterfalls. The Five-flower Sea is regarded as one of the best landscape in Jiuzhaigou for its tranvertine in the bottom and colorful algae. There are two recommended spots to shoot. One is to take some close near-shots from the lake side around 9:00. Another is to build a panoramic scene around 16:00 from a giant stone called Tiger’s Month on the higher mountain. During the long interval, you can go to visit other sites, such as Swan Sea, Panda Sea, Jianzhu Sea, etc.

Best Season for Photography

Summer and winter are two best season to take a photography tour in Jiuzhaigou when all attractions are available for visiting. In summer days, the plentiful water replenishes every rivers, lakes and waterfall for you to enjoy the stunning waterscape. While the prosperous forests and flowers are the best setoffs of waterscape. The most beautiful scenery comes in Autumn especially October when the entire Jiuzhaigou is filled with diverse colors. Besides, the weather is very pleasant in autumn days. Some photographers like to take some spectacular scenes in Winter when the waterfalls are frozen, lakes are half frozen, forests are covered by heaven snow.

Tips from Our Experts

1. Framing of waterfalls and streams in Jiuzhaigou

Waterfalls and streams are two important scenery types in Jiuzhaigou. Generally, far-shot is suitable for shooting a waterfall to catch a full view of tall drops of water. Mid-shot and near-shot are recommended to record the detailed beauty of dreams.

2. Photography in cloudy weather condition

Don’t worry about the possible cloudy weather. In fact, the scattering light in the cloudy days is helpful to show the gradations of color, especially the dash area. But remember to keep your framing from sky.

3. Use of slow shutter

You can use slow shutter to take some incredible waterscape photos which is full of dynamic sentiment, such as the floating refection on the lake, moving streams, slashing waterfall, etc.

4. Transfer advice

You can flight to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Kunming, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, etc. Of course Chengdu is the most popular gateway to Jiuzhaigou with frequent flight schedule. There are also highways from Chengdu and Lanzhou to Jiuzhaigou, which takes both about 10 hours to get o Jiuzhaigou.

5. Accommodation advice

Jiuzhaigou offer pleasant accommodation ranging from economy class to luxury class. International hotel brands, such as Sheraton, Intercontinental, etc.

For more photography advice in Jiuzhaigou, you can feel free to contact us and we are here ready to help!

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