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Published: August 18th 2008
(Day 128 on the road)
After twelve hours on the bus from Chendu through the earthquake region of Sichuan, we arrived at the national park of Jiuzhaigou. Jiuzhaigou was the main reason for coming this far north from Lugu Lake in Yunnan, but looking back, it was well worth it. The UNESCO recognised park is famous for its crystal clear mirror lakes and its waterfalls, and we spent the whole day wandering around this beautiful landscape. On the downside, the steep entrance fee of 220 yuan plus a 90 Yuan charge to use the shuttle bus inside the park (you need it, it is huge) left a somewhat bitter aftertaste (as did the ridiculously overpriced food inside the park).
Karen had tried once before to come here when she had been to Chengdu previously, but due to the closure of the road up to a few weeks ago it was impossible to reach the area back then (unless you were flying). Annually, the park sees more than 1.5 million tourists (the vast majority being Chinese), but when we visited, there was hardly anyone there! We spent the whole morning wandering around the park virtually alone, and only in the afternoon did
visitor numbers increase a bit. Further, we enjoyed perfect weather all day, which was like a miracle after a week of experiencing thunderstorms every day.
Next stop: Huang Long National Park (Sichuan Province, China).
To view my photos, have a look at pictures.beiske.com
. And to read the full account of my journey, have a look at the complete book about my trip at Amazon
(and most other online book shops).
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