From Jakarta to Changsha by Cathay Pasific — FZCJ Trip Day 01 # China

This trip is organized by my cousin’s friends and my cousin as the tour leader.
Fenghuang – Zhangjiajie – Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou (FZCJ) trip for 10th days, organized by Lumba-Lumba Tour & Travel Surabaya, with cost USD 2.980/pax (depart from Jakarta) by Cathay Pasific.

The additional cost:

  • China Visa: IDR 590.000/pax
  • Jakarta International Airporttax: IDR 150.000/pax

The price is quiet expensive because it’s high season and long holiday in Indonesia.

At 13:00, we depart using Damri Shuttle from Hotel Wisata to Adisucipto International Airport. It cost IDR 35.000/pax.

At 14:18 we arrive at Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta then proceed to check-in counter. 

We are flying with Garuda from Yogyakarta (JOG) to Jakarta (CGK).  Our flight is at 17:15-18:15 with rate IDR 505.000/pax. We arrived at airport too early, but because it’s Indonesia Big Holiday, we are affraid if there’s a traffic. So it’s better to go early than missing flight.

There’s a delay, we depart at 18:20, and arrive at Jakarta at 19:35. Then we go to International Departure to check our flight and we still can’t check-in yet.
Then, my other cousin that stay at Jakarta, take us to eat dinner at Smokey Ribs at PIK Jakarta.

At 23:00 we arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Terminal 2 again, and when we check the flight time, there’s a notice that our flight to Changsa will depart at 4 o’clock. Actually, our flight time should be at 23:55 around that time. But earlier we got notice via sms that it’s already delay 2 hours become 13:55. And now delay again 2 hours become 15:55. 

We heard that there’s a big storm at Hongkong and surround and it makes our plane depart late from Hongkong to Jakarta. Not only our plane, but all of the plane got a delayed.

And the big problem is, we should arrive in Hongkong at 05:20. Then continue our flight at 09:15. But because this delayed problem, we will arrive in Hongkong at 09:20 which means we will missed our flight. The staff at counter check-in help us to call Hongkong Airport and she said, the staff at Hongkong Airport will give us option when we arrived there.

Then at 15:55, we depart to Hongkong. So this is the start of the longest departure, we spend almost 33 hours to depart haha..

Five Colors Lake Huanglong # Sichuan – China

Today, we will visit 黄龙 Huanglong. Actually, I didn’t have any imaginary about 黄龙 Huanglong before, but because it’s included in the trip, so we just go there. And surely, I won’t regret it.

It is one of UNESCO Heritage Site, altitude between 1700m-5588m.

We have to walk around 2-3 hours to go the peak, actually you can ride cable car to go up but the cable car station is not the same as the car parking. So usually, travel agent didn’t suggest it.

The view from the entrance to the peak is surely beautiful.

But just as reminder, please go to trekking first until the peak, and enjoy the scene while you go down. Otherwise, you won’t make it to the peak.

We will see this building before continue trekking.

Then the road is going up, but the view in the front is very beautiful. I think, we walk at the old path of Huanglong.

There’s a Five Colors Lake 五彩池 wu cai chi in the peak. You will arrive in a temple as entrance to the lake.

Finally, we arrive at Five Colors Lake. It’s very beautiful.

After take some photos, we go down using the new path. The new path has the good road, which we can enjoy the scene while go down / up. And there’s a waterfall too.

Going down is faster than to go up. Fortunately, we have more than 4 hours in here. One day, surely I want to go back here, maybe in different season.

Ohh, don’t forget, maybe some of you will need additional oxygen tube because the air is very thin. And the location is very high.

Arrived at 成都 Chengdu then ride bus to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou # Sichuan – China

We arrived at 成都 Chengdu at midnight. Then we check-in to Hotel. We only sleep for few hours, then in the morning, wake up then eat breakfast then ride bus to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou. It took approximately 11 hours journey.

We, 18 people, plus 3 Korean friends and the guide. Feels the bus is us, so we can call is our private tour.

The weater is cool at 成都 Chengdu, because it’s early spring. We passed the river, mountain and cliff.

At first, we still can see river and the green tree.

As time goes by, we going uphill and it become colder. We can see snow in the peak.

It’s cold but beautiful. Around the road was cliff. So the driver has to be extra careful. It’s slippery too because of snow.

Finally we arrived at 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou. We eat dinner at one of 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou Local’s house while enjoy their singing and dancing. The famous food in here is lamb meat 羊肉 yang rou (lamb meat) and Yak Meat (kind of cow) 牛肉 niu rou with famous spicy powder, Mala 麻辣 from 四川 Sichuan.

Then they teach us to dance. We all follow the dance and wear some local costume. It’s fun, especially I went there with my best friends.

After that, we back to hotel to take a rest.

Wuyi Holiday, Jiuzhaigou Trip with friends # Sichuan – China

In China, there’e 3 long holiday. 1st is Chinese New Year, 2nd is Labor Day at 1st May, and 3rd is China’s Independent Day 1st October.

The 1st May is coming, and we have 1 week holiday. Today, is the last day of our school. So we decided to join tour to Jiuzhaigou. We take tour from some travel agent which open at the ground floor of our dorm.

Me and my friends, there’s 18 people, gathering at the dorm lobby in the afternoon, then take bus to Beijing Capital International Airport. The shuttle bus already include in the tour.

During our ride, we passed some road that we seldom go.

We arrived at Chengdu at night. And because this is a cheap tour, don’t expect some 4/5 stars hotel. 🙂 It’s really different with one that you take tour from your country. It’s local tour, with Chinese Guide.

Time to sleep and ready for the next day.