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7 Days Jiuzhaigou Ruoergai Prairie Langmusi Tour

Jiuzhaigou Big Loop Adventure

A fully guided 7 days trip full of surprises, starting from Chengdu plain, driving northward over cross the big mountains and canyons, reaching the vast prairies in northernmost and returning to Chengdu in the end. You will discover Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong both of which are UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites, featuring the finest scenery of colorful ponds, lakes and waterfalls. Some leisure walking experiences are rewarded to you during your visit. Then our private car will drive you go over the mountains, and pass through the vast grasslands of Ruoergai Prairie and explore the further and deeper - gorgeous flower lakes, flocks of sheep and cattle, devout Tibetan people, solemn temples, winding Yellow River… This is an adventure full of scenery, colors and culture that introduces you to the highlights of this fascinating land of Jiuzhaigou Big Loop.

All with an awesome tour leader from the moment you are picked up in Chengdu, decent hotels, a great many of photography opportunities, all transportation, a bunch of meals and help with all your onward travel included in our tour package.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-JZG-07
  • Price : from $1258
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Nature / Photography / Walking
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Discover the essence of Jiuzhaigou with a leisure full day exploration of its 3 captivating valleys – Shuzheng Valley, Zechawa Valley and Rize Valley;
  • Walk down Huanglong valley to enjoy the string of calcified lakes and ponds, which is one of the bests of its type in the world;
  • Comfortably-paced driving adventure through Ruoergai, one of the most beautiful prairies in China to encounter the gorgeous Huahu Lake (Flower Lake);
  • Go to Langmusi, the "Little Oriental Switzerland" where different religions and different ethnic groups coexist in harmony, and the scenery is beautiful and diverse;
  • Look down upon the Yellow River from a high sightseeing platform and see how the river makes its road with the shape of 卍 on the vast prairie;
  • Witness the impressive forest of 108 white Buddhist stupas at Waqie Pagoda Forest;
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Day 1 Chengdu - Chuanzhusi Town (L)

High speed train ride & acclimatization

This morning, take a morning high speed train (about 1.5 hrs) to Zhenjiangguan Station. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local tour guide and driver who will then transfer you to Chuanzhusi Town (about 60 km/1.5 hrs), which is a beautiful small town near to Huanglong National Park. Check in to your hotel in Chuanzhusi Town. The rest of today is free for you to acclimatize the altitude (2900 m) and relax.

  • Beautiful Chuanzhusi Town Beautiful Chuanzhusi Town

Day 2 Chuanzhusi - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou (B)

Today's highlight: Huanglong Valley

After breakfast, drive about 30 minutes from Chuanzhusi to visit Huanglong National Park. Situated in the Minshan Mountains in northwestern Sichuan Province, Huanglong Valley has one of the three most outstanding travertine lake terraces in the world, which is 3.6 Kilometers long, lying under the grandiose peak of Xuebao Peak (Snow Treasure Mountain: 5,588 meters) like a yellow dragon. This is how the valley gained the name of Huanglong (Yellow Dragon). The travertine scenery was created by the thousands years of geological evolution, including glacial revolution, terrane movement, chemical reaction, climate changing, etc. At the top (3556 m) of the valley lies the best highlight - Five-Color Ponds consisting of 693 ponds of different sizes, shapes, colors, dazzling like beautiful emeralds. Huanglong Valley is also renowned for superlative sceneries of snow mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, wild forests, etc. as well as an important habitant of Giant Pandas and Snub-nosed monkeys. All these magnificences of nature helped Huanglong gained the title of World Natural Heritage Site in 1992.

It usually takes about 6 hours to hike from the entrance to Five-Color Ponds, then return to the entrance. To save energy and time, you will take a quick cable car directly to the top, and then walk down the valley to enjoy the scenery. After about 3-hour sightseeing in the valley, you will leave the park and drive about 2 hours to Jiuzhaigou to check in your hotel.

Useful tips: 1) some attractions in Huanglong valleys are located over 3500 meters above the sea level, which may cause high altitude sickness for some travelers. You’d better walk at a slower pace. If you feel hard to breathe or headache, you can go to the Oxygen Bars to rest and take oxygen; 2) Huanglong cableway is not operational in winter; 3) there is no restaurant in the valley, you can bring some food or snacks, or have lunch after exiting the park.

  • Huanglong Five-Color Ponds Huanglong Five-Color Ponds
  • Huanglong National Park Landscape Huanglong National Park Landscape

Day 3 Jiuzhaigou Full Day Exploration (B)

Today's highlight: Jiuzhaigou Valley

After breakfast at your hotel, set out for the full-day exploration of Jiuzhaigou National Park. Your guide will accompany you to hop on a sightseeing bus to enter the park to explore the fairyland landscape of Jiuzhaigou.

Having been hidden as a mysterious home to nine Tibetan villages and never been bothered by outsider until the first discovery in the middle 20th century, Jiuzhaigou is a reserve of superb and diverse natural beauty of which the waterfall and plateau lakes are praised as the most stunning waterscape in the world. According to official records, there are up to 114 turquoise pools and lakes, 47 tranquil springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids and 5 beautiful tufa shoals scattering in the three main valleys of Jiuzhaigou, Rize Valley, Zechawa Valley and Shuzheng Valley. They present various color patterns of white, blue, green, turquoise and emerald in different seasons. The visual feast of Jiuzhaigou also expands from waterscape to spectacular jagged alpine mountains, wild forests with multi-colors and many other remarkable natural features.

Visiting Jiuzhaigou Valley is relaxing and enjoyable. There are sightseeing buses running from the entrance to the three valleys with stops near the scenic spots. Travelers hop off the bus, walk along wooden plank roads to enjoy the sights, then hop on another bus to next attractions. Our tour guide will organize your visit route according to your time, energy and crowd level, and accompany you to explore the essence of Jiuzhaigou at a comfortable pace. The classic visit route is to take tourist bus from the entrance to Nuorilang Water Fall first, then transfer to Zechawa Valley to visit the Long Lake and Five-Color Pond, then move to Rize Valley to visit the Panda Lake, Five Flowers Lake, Pearl Shoal, Mirror Lake, etc. Lastly, get back to Nuorilang, and descend along Shuzheng Valley to the park entrance and visit Rhinoceros Lake, Tiger Lakes, Shuzheng Waterfall, Sparkling Lake, etc. on route.

After Jiuzhaigou sightseeing, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.

Useful tips: 1) try to have breakfast and enter the park earlier to escape the crowds of tourist groups; 2) wear comfortable walking shoes and seasonal cloths based on your travel month; 3) Buffet lunch is provided in Nuorilang Restaurant (the only restaurant in the valley) but food options are limited. You can also bring some snacks or let your hotel prepare packed food for you if you like.

  • Nuorilang Waterfall Nuorilang Waterfall
  • Five-color Lake in Zechawa Valley Five-color Lake in Zechawa Valley

Day 4 Jiuzhaigou Valley - Ruoergai (B, L)

Today's highlights: Ruoergai Prairie, Dazha Monastery

After breakfast, leave Jiuzhaigou and drive about 160 km (nearly 4 hours) to Ruoergai County. On Route, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ruoergai Prairie, and feel free to ask for stops along the way to take photos. Ruoergai Prairie is famous as one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Wetlands in China. It is a vast prairie with marshes, wetlands, valleys, hills in the northwestern Tibetan region of Sichuan Province. The Yellow River and the Yangtze River divide it into two parts. In the east, there are continuous mountains, green peaks, and billows of the forest; in the west, there are vast grasslands, lush wetlands, flocks of cattle and sheep, known as "oasis of Northwest Sichuan Plateau". After arriving at Ruoergai County, check in your hotel and take a rest for a while, then go to visit the Dazha Monastery, a spectacular monastery of Gelug sect (Yellow Hat) of Tibetan Buddhism. The temple is large in scale, which combines the architectural features of both Han and Tibetan. There is a library and exhibition hall in the temple housing many ancient scriptures. You can see many devout pilgrims praying around the pagoda outside the main hall where you can also overlook the panoramic view of Ruoergai County and enjoy the beautiful sunset when the days are clean.

  • Beautiful Ruoergai Grassland Beautiful Ruoergai Grassland

Day 5 Ruoergai - Huahu Lake - Langmusi (B, L)

Today's highlights: Huahu Lake, Langmusi Town

This morning in the morning glory, you will drive about 1 hour from Ruoergai County to visit the brightest star on the Ruoergai Prairie - Huahu Lake (3,468 m)which is a natural Wetland Pond on the vast prairie. This is the best place to watch the wild birds including the rare black Crane. Under the peaceful lake is a vast and unfathomable swamp. Walking along the plank beside the lake, you can enter the middle of the wetland. It is named after a kind of small white flowers blooming around the lake. During June and May, the Lake is colorful with all kinds of blossoms. When the weather is clear and windless, the lake is like a mirror with the reflection of the blue sky and white cloud, which has a sense of the world in the fairy tale, Therefore, it has once named as the most beautiful wetland in China by National Geographic. Sightseeing bus will escort you into the deep area of the prairie, then let you walk on plank roads to enjoy surrounding scenery.

Leaving Huahu Lake, you will keep driving northward about 1 hour to Langmusi which is a small town divided by a river into Sichuan and Gansu part. Nicknamed as "Little Oriental Switzerland", Langmusi is surrounded by grassland, forests and hills. Han, Tibetan, and Hui people live here in harmony and most residents here believe in Tibetan Buddhism and Islam. Stepping into Langmusi, you can feel a strong atmosphere of religion seeing the colorful temples and prayer flags, which also adds a sense of Zen to the primitive nature scene. Staying here, people can easily calm down and find a little peace of mind. Your tour guide will bring you to visit the two most outstanding temples here - Serti Gompa and Kirti Gompa, also enjoy some leisure walk around to enjoy amazing scenery before checking in your hotel in Langmusi town./p>

  • Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July
  • Beautiful Langmusi nomadic region Beautiful Langmusi nomadic region
  • Monk and Langmusi (Langmusi Monastery) Monk and Langmusi (Langmusi Monastery)

Day 6 Langmusi - Hongyuan (B, L)

Today's highlights: The First Bend of Yellow River, Waqie Pagoda Forest

Wake up in the peaceful morning of Langmsi. Go to enjoy a spectacular sunrise if you don't mind getting up early. After breakfast, leave Langmusi and drive about 2 hours southward to visit the First Bend of Yellow River (3,500 m) where the Yellow River, the mother river of Chinese civilization, makes a magic 180-degree turn, looking like a shape of 卍 and Yin-Yang Diagram. It is also the first among the ninety-nine winding bends of the meandering Yellow River. You can walk along the wooden plank road or take an elevator up (extra cost) to the sightseeing platform to look down upon and enjoy a panoramic view of the First Bend of Yellow River. After some pleasant photo time at the First Bend of Yellow River, keep driving about 1 hour to Waqie Town (3,508 m) to visit Waqie Pagoda Forest. It is said the Holiness 10th Panchen Lama came to Waqie to teach Buddhism twice before he passed away in 1989. Local pilgrims built 108 white pagodas to commemorate his great achievement in the diffusion of Tibetan Buddhism. For photographers, the rows of white pagodas and volant prayer flags are great materials to take some impressive photos. Lastly, drive about 1 hour to Hongyuan County (3,504 m) for accommodation.

  • First Bend of Yellow River First Bend of Yellow River

Day 7 Hongyuan - Chengdu (B)

High speed train ride

Today, you will be driven to Zhenjiangguan to catch your high speed train back to Chengdu. Upon arriving at Chengdu, it is free for you to transfer to other destinations or go to you hotel.

If you need pick up or transfer to airport, please tell your travel consultant in advance.

The quotation for this trip is from $1258 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2025.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 7.00. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

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  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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  • Beautiful Chuanzhusi Town Beautiful Chuanzhusi Town
  • Huanglong Five-Color Ponds Huanglong Five-Color Ponds
  • Huanglong National Park Landscape Huanglong National Park Landscape
  • Nuorilang Waterfall Nuorilang Waterfall
  • Five-color Lake in Zechawa Valley Five-color Lake in Zechawa Valley
  • Beautiful Ruoergai Grassland Beautiful Ruoergai Grassland
  • Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July
  • Beautiful Langmusi nomadic region Beautiful Langmusi nomadic region
  • Monk and Langmusi (Langmusi Monastery) Monk and Langmusi (Langmusi Monastery)
  • First Bend of Yellow River First Bend of Yellow River

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