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5 Days Jiuzhaigou Ruoergai Superb Scenery Tour

Geographic Wonders

The eminent Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong valley overshadow their less-known neighborhood - Ruoergai (or Zoige in Tibetan). In fact, if you visit Ruoergai, you will be astonished by its gorgeous beauty. Resting at the foot of Qinghai Tibet Plateau and draining into the headquarter of the Yellow River, Ruoergai has endless grasslands which are home to Tibetan nomadic herders and lots of wild lives. The most stunning landscape usually emerges in every June, July, September and October when the grasslands turn to completely green or completely golden. What’s more inspiring is that this magnificent grassland landscape in only about 3 hours’ driving from Jiuzhaigou area and one usually needs about 4 days visit all of them. That’s why China Discovery designed this 5 Days Jiuzhaigou Ruoergai Superb Scenery Tour. It is well organized, highlights-oriented and money-worthy.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-JZRT-05
  • Price : from
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according 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

  • One leisure day with some comfortable walking in Jiuzhaigou valley to see the turquoise lakes, tranquil springs, torrential waterfalls, virgin forests…
  • 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;
  • Experience strong atmosphere of Buddhism from the Tibetan people, grand monastery and forest of while stupas;
  • Enjoy an adventurous and scenic driving through the vast Ruoergai Prairie and Hongyuan Prairie;
  • To feel the morbidezza of the Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) – beautiful lakes dotted in green grasslands, blue sky, wild birds…
  • All-inclusive tour package with competitive price, covering private tour guide, driver, hotels, meals, pickup and drop off.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Chengdu - Hongyuan - Ruoergai (L)

Today's highlight: Waqie Pagoda Forest, The First Band of Yellow River

Today you will take a morning flight (about 1 hr) from Chengdu to Hongyuan in Aba Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by local tour guide and driver, then set out for the driving around 3 hours to Ruoergai County. Make a stop at Waqie Town 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. Keep driving about two hours, you will arrive at the First Band of Yellow River 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. After the photo time, keep driving about 1.5 hours to Ruoergai County for accommodation.

  • First Bend of Yellow River First Bend of Yellow River
  • Waqie Pagoda Forest Waqie Pagoda Forest

Day 2 Ruoergai - Chuanzhusi (B)

Today's highlights: Ruoergai Grassland, Flower Lake

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 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.

After lunch, it's time to harry on with the scenic driving to Chuanzhusi to approach the brightest star in Aba Prefecture area - Jiuzhaigou. You will drive southward through the beautiful prairie, and get to Chuanzhusi Town (2900 m)for accommodation.

  • Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July

Day 3 Chuanzhusi - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou (B, L)

Today's highlights: 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 examples of 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 winters; 3) there is no restaurant in the valley, you can bring some food or snacks, or have lunch after exiting the park.

  • Huanglong National Park Landscape Huanglong National Park Landscape
  • Huanglong National Park Huanglong National Park

Day 4 Jiuzhaigou Valley (B)

Today's highlights: Jiuzhaigou's three vallyes - Shuzheng Valley, Zechawa Valley and Rize 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.

  • Jiuzhaigou in autumn - world of colors Jiuzhaigou in autumn - world of colors
  • Jiuzhaigou waterfall Nuorilang Waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in Jiuzhaigou

Day 5 Jiuzhaigou Departure (B)

Jiuzhaigou airport drop off
Today is free for you until your tour guide and driver escort you to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to Chengdu or other destination. Next destination ideas: 1) By Air: if you don't want to return to Chengdu, you can take flight to Xian, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, etc, from Jiuzhaigou Airport; 2) By Land: if you want to extend your trip from Jiuzhaigou, you can travel northward to Hongyuan, Ruoergai, Langmusi, even Gansu and Qinghai Province.

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The quotation for this trip is from 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, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. 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.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • 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;
  • 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?

  • Flights to/off Jiuzhaigou;
  • 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;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

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  • First Bend of Yellow River First Bend of Yellow River
  • Waqie Pagoda Forest Waqie Pagoda Forest
  • Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July Huahu Lake (Flower Lake) in July
  • Huanglong National Park Landscape Huanglong National Park Landscape
  • Huanglong National Park Huanglong National Park
  • Jiuzhaigou in autumn - world of colors Jiuzhaigou in autumn - world of colors
  • Jiuzhaigou waterfall Jiuzhaigou waterfall
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Most Important Jiuzhaigou Travel Notes

1. Why Travel with China Discovery’s Private Jiuzhaigou Tours?

Based in Chengdu (only 1hr’s flight to Jiuzhaigou) with more than 1360 good reviews on Tripadvisor, we always master the first-hand travel information of Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong Valley and other beautiful places in the region. We know what is the best way to visit Jiuzhaigou no matter you travel solo or with your family and friends; Our private tour packages assure you the highest standards with great flexibility, comfort and personalized arrangement. You will your personal travel consultant, professional tour guide and a private vehicle which only serve for your party - nobody else. All-inclusive tour package to let you enjoy the best of Jiuzhaigou WORRY FREE.

2. Where is Jiuzhaigou exactly located and what is the best transportation plan?

Jiuzhaigou is located in northern Sichuan Province in southwestern China. It is about 450 km north from Chengdu city, approximately 1 hour’ flight or 7~8 hour’s driving. Generally speaking, if you travel solo, or travel with kids, or want a more comfortable trip, you are suggested to take flight to get to Jiuzhaigou. If your time is not on budget, or want to experience more places along the road, driving is the best option for you.

3. How to plan Jiuzhaigou itinerary?

A Jiuzhaigou tour usually starts from Chengdu. You can take the early flight so that you have at least a half day to explore Huanglong Valley before heading to Jiuzhaigou. Stay in a hotel close to the entrance of Jiuzhaigou Valley. Day 2 can be a full day exploration in Jiuzhaigou Valley. With the help of sightseeing bus, you can visit most of the beautiful attractions in the three valleys of Jiuzhaigou in a full day. Day 3 is for you to leave Jiuzhaigou. If you prefer a land-driving tour, you need 4 days. Day 1 is to drive about 7~8 hours from Chengdu to Songpan or Chuanzhusi, two towns near Huanglong Valley; Day 2 is to visit Huanglong Valley and drive about 2 hours to Jiuzhaigou for accommodation. Day 3 is a full day spent in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Day 4 is to drive back to Chengdu from Jiuzhaigou. There are some stops along the driving to take rest, sightsee and have lunch between Chengdu Jiuzhaigou driving. If you arrive at Jiuzhaigou from other cities, we can pick up you at the airport either.

4. Where to stay during Jiuzhaigou trip?

Staying overnight in Jiuzhaigou Valley is not allowed due to environment protection. Travelers usually stay in the Goukou (Jiuzhaigou Valley Entrance) area where hotels options are flexible from 5 stars to 3 stars. China Discovery only uses those hotels with convenient amenities, fine services and great reputations. Most of them are 5-star and 4-star hotels located near the Goukou area where you can also get easy accesses to food street, shopping malls, banks, etc. We will also take care of the private transfers between hotel and the scenic area for you.

5. How to deal with possible high altitude sickness?

Some attractions in Huanglong valleys are located over 3500 meters above the sea level, which may cause high altitude sickness for some travelers. You can take high altitude sickness prevention medicine about 2~3 days before your tour. During your tour, you’d better walk at a slower pace. If you feel hard to breathe or headache, you can go to the Oxygen Bars in Huanglong Valley to rest and take oxygen; The altitudes of Jiuzhaigou valley is lower than Huanglong. The altitudes of most of the attractions in Jiuzhaigou are below 3000 m. With the help of sightseeing bus and rich oxygen density, the chance is small to get high altitude sickness.

6. Jiuzhaigou the best time for travel, weather and wearing tips

Jiuzhaigou is open all year around, but the best time for travel is from June to November. The most beautiful scenery comes in late September and fade in middle November when the forests turn to colorful, waters are clean and weather is most enjoyable. Winter is a good time for photography of snow world. It is also less-crowded and money-saving. March to May is not a very good time. The weather is great but some pools, lakes and waterfalls may be dried-up.

Jiuzhaigou has a plateau climate with lots of sunny days and huge temperature difference between day and night. The temperature in spring is still a little cold and you need to prepare sweater and coat to keep warm. The summer of Jiuzhaigou is cool, and wearing a T-shirt or pants is enough. But rain gear, sun-screen and moisturizer are a must-taken items with you in summer. In Autumn, You can take a long-sleeved blouse with a light coat at day time and thick clothes at night. If you plan a winter travel, you need to wear thicker clothes, like down jacket or cotton wadded jacket together with thick sweater in it. You can ask your travel consultant for more detailed weather information and tips.

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