Today is our last day in Jiuzhaigou. Tonight we will go back to Chengdu. But before go to the airport, we go to some shopping place, attraction spot at Songpan County 松潘县.
Songpan / Songzhou, is a county of northwestern Sichuan province, China, and is one of the 13 counties administered by the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. It has an area of 8,486 square kilometres (3,276 sq mi), and a population of approximately 68,000 composed of Tibetan, Qiang, Han and Hui populations.
The economy of Songpan is dominated by agriculture and livestock raising. In recent years, tourism has become an increasingly important sector, and is actively promoted by the authorities. Additionally, Songpan is popular among foreign students and other Chinese language learners staying in China as the base for treks through the scenic mountains nearby. Apart from the scenic attraction of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area which is located in the county, Songpan with its strategic location also acts as the gateway to Jiuzhaigou Valley at the north.
We woke up early then go to Jiuzhaigou Valley and this is my 2nd time to explore Jiuzhaigou, but this time, We decided to rent a car than ride shuttle to save time. The car with 20 seat cost 4800 Yuan/car.
Jiuzhaigou九寨沟Jiǔzhàigōu is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China. A long valley running north to south, Jiuzhaigou was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.
The Jiuzhaigou valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares (180,000 acres). It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft).
Don’t forget to rent tranditional clothes and take picture in there.Then we go eat dinner with villager. If we lucky, we can eat Yak meat.
We woke up early to catch flight. We supposed to depart at 04:30 but there’s some group member that late and we depart on 05:00. Arrive at the airport, we have to hurry and we are the last one that enter the plane.
I got last seat.
After depart for about 45 minutes, we supposed to arrive shortly. But because the bad weather, we have to go back to Chengdu.
Then at 10:00, we take-off again and this time we succesfully landing.
Then we continued our journey using bus to Huanglong National Scenic Reserve 黄龙. Our local guide called Xiao Bo. After eating lunch, we enter The scenic Reserve. We should be able to continue our journey, but our local guide afraid that we late so he called us many times to ask us to go down. And it’s annoying. So we didn’t finished until the rainbow pole.
Then we go to Jiuzhaigou Hotel and eat buffet dinner at Jiuzhai Paradise Interconinental Resort. Heard that this is the expensive buffet in Jiuzhaigou but I think the food is so so. I prefer to enjoy street food than in the expensive restaurant.
Tip: It’s better if you stay in usual hotel than the luxury one because you will not enjoy the hotel much. The food is so-so, it’s better to looking for street food. And spend your time to enjoy the scenic.
After visiting Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, we have to go back to Chengdu. We ride the bus for about 11-12 hours. And there’s broken road, so we have to queue to be able to pass, we stranded in the middle of the road for about 2 hours.
Our guide’s job is finished. He only guide us at Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong. He is so kind, and very handsome. So we take picture together before separate.
Finally, we will visit the famous 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou today. The guide and driver pick us at the hotel, then we go to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou National Park.
Wo go around using Jiuzhaigou Shuttle Bus and the guide will always follow us. At first, we go to the farthest. From the entrance to the farthest, we saw many beautiful lake.
Actually, I didn’t pay attention to the name of each lake and attraction place. But every lake and stop point is very beautiful. It’s just, we go there when Wuyi Holiday so there’s so many people. But Jiuzhaigou is very beautiful, so it’s worth to visit.
I went there in spring (early May). I heard that in autumn, the scenery is very beautiful. I hope next time I could go there again in Autumn.
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.
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.