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3 Days Jiuzhaigou Winter Tour

Fairyland of Snow and Ice

The winter scenery of Jiuzhaigou is out this world. With the duck wild forests and rocks set in stark contrast against the soaring snow peaks, crystal lakes, frozen waterfalls and blue ice, it feels like you are walking straight into a traditional Chinese painting. Since winter is the low season, you can travel Jiuzhaigou at lower costs of hotels, food, attraction tickets, etc. To help you discover the fairyland Jiuzhaigou in winter days, we have designed this 3 Days Jiuzhaigou Winter tour in which you will arrive Jiuzhaigou by a morning direct high speed train from Chengdu, and spend two full days exploring the spectacular landscape of ice and snow in Jiuzhaigou valley and nearby Huanglong Valley. It is a wonderful tour for both first-timers and second timers.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-JZG-03B
  • Price : from $330
    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
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Get lost in the fairytale winter sceneries of crystal lakes, frozen waterfalls and peaceful atmosphere without crowds of tourist groups;
  • Admire the unique wonder of travertine pools terraces in Huanglong Valley which was formed in millions years geographic and chemical reactions;
  • Cut down your expenses of hotel, attraction fees and other tour services a lot that you can only get in winter days;
  • Using non-stop high speed train to transfer between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou, which is efficient and save money.
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Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Train/Flight Pick Up - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou

Today's highlight: Huanglong Valley, Huanglong Temple

This morning upon arrival at Zhenjiangguan Railway Station or Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport, you will be greeted by our local tour guide and driver who will then transfer you to Huanglong National Park directly (about 82 km/1.5 hrs). (Go to Jiuzhaigou by train or flight? It is strongly recommended to go to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu by high speed train, which is money-saving and hustle-free. You can also fly to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, etc., but the flight schedules are not available all the time, and flight fares are usually much higher than train tickets.)

Situated in the Minshan Mountains in northwestern Sichuan Province, Huanglong Valley (Huanglong National Park) has one of three most outstanding travertine lake terraces in the world, which is 3.6 kilometers long, and lies 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 geological evolution for thousands of years, 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 gain 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.

  • Travertine lake terraces in winter days of Huanglong Valley Travertine lake terraces in winter days of Huanglong Valley
  • Huanglong Temple in snow Huanglong Temple in snow

Day 2 Jiuzhaigou Valley ( B )

Today's highlights: in-depth exploration of three valleys of Jiuzhaigou - 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.

  • Winter landscape of Long Lake in Zechawa Valley of Jiuzhaigou Winter landscape of Long Lake in Zechawa Valley of Jiuzhaigou
  • Beautiful waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou winter Beautiful waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou winter
  • Five-color Lake in Winter of Jiuzhaigou Five-color Lake in Winter of Jiuzhaigou

Day 3 Jiuzhaigou Departure ( B )

Drop off at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport

Today is free for you until your tour guide and driver escort you to train station/airport in time for the scheduled train/flight to Chengdu or other destination.

Next destination ideas: 1) By Air: you can take flight to Chengdu, Xian, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, etc, from Huanglong Airport; 1) By train: you can take a train to Chengdu and some other stations along Sichuan-Qinghai Railway; 3) By Land: if you want to extend your trip from Jiuzhaigou, you can travel northward to Hongyuan, Ruoergai, Langmusi, even Gansu and Qinghai Provinces.

The quotation for this trip is from $330 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons. It will drop greatly if your group has 4 or more members.
2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, month and date. There may be huge price increasing during public Chinese holidays, school summer vacations, tourism peak seasons or some special dates. (China Public Holiday 2024 Schedule Released)
3. Other factors that may change the final tour price include group size, hotel class, tour activities, fluctuation of currency exchange rate, etc.
4. This price is based on exchange rate USD 1=RMB 7.00. The final price will be based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of agreement with our quotation.
5. This price is only valid to March 31, 2025.
6. This price is not the final prices until the Confirmation Letter is sent.
7. The items included and excluded in this price are for reference only. The final services included, please refer to the confirmation letter sent to you by the travel consultant.

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.);
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • 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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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Travertine lake terraces in winter days of Huanglong Valley Travertine lake terraces in winter days of Huanglong Valley
  • Huanglong Temple in snow Huanglong Temple in snow
  • Winter landscape of Long Lake in Zechawa Valley of Jiuzhaigou Winter landscape of Long Lake in Zechawa Valley of Jiuzhaigou
  • Beautiful waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou winter Beautiful waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou winter
  • Five-color Lake in Winter of Jiuzhaigou Five-color Lake in Winter of Jiuzhaigou

Most Important Jiuzhaigou Travel Notes

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

Based in Chengdu (the most popular gateway to Jiuzhaigou) with more than 1,920+ 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 1.5 hours' high speed train, 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 train 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 high speed trains 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.

Or start your journey by exploring Jiuzhaigou National Park first, and save your visit to Huanglong for later days. This approach ensures you have two nights to acclimatize to the high altitudes.

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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