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Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou August 7th 2017

The time had come to move on to another uncharted territory, but I was a bit nervous about China. Firstly, there was the language factor which isn't something that I haven't dealt with before, but it was signage in particular that was going to be difficult - I just cannot read any Chinese characters apart from "people", "1", "2" and "3". The closest challenge I've had is having to read Cyrillic but at least it is sort of close to the Roman alphabet. Chinese characters are just mumbo-jumbo to me. Also, I will have to cover a lot of distance - this will be the biggest country I will travel on the whole trip - in a fairly short amount of time so a lot of long and possibly complicated journeys await me. It didn't help ... read more
Yuantong Temple, Kunming
Giant Panda, Chengdu
Bright Lights, Chengdu

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou June 21st 2017

Unfortunately my last day in Chengdu with my homestay family wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I expected to actually go out and do something, but that wasn’t the case at all. Zhong Xin Yue and her mother slept for a good couple of hours and just hung around the apartment, so I was sitting on my bed staring out the window most of the time. I was a little frustrated, thinking I could be seeing or doing things I haven’t before, though I think they thought I needed a day to rest (which was the exact opposite of what I wanted to do) before I started traveling, so it was a nice gesture. It was really quite sad saying goodbye to the awesome Chinese students and the lovely homestay families. I will miss them a ... read more
The pools

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou June 24th 2015

Moving on from Chengdu, I made the northwesterly detour to Jiuzhaigou (Nine Villages Valley), a Chinese National Park Reserve and Unesco World Heritage site. It was yet another long bus ride, almost 11h, but thankfully in a surprisingly comfortable bus. What I had to contend with though was the unexpected increase in altitude en route (apparently we almost hit 3000m above sea level at one point) and the onset of some minor symptoms of sickness, though eventually it was a slight descent back to the more manageable 2000m+ that Jiuzhaigou resides on. So what exactly is Jiuzhaigou? I have to say it wasn't a place I'd heard of until I did more research prior to this trip, and then I realised it was where they take some of those incredible pictures of multi-coloured lakes, frozen waterfalls, ... read more
As are waterfalls that supposedly freeze over during winter
Fighting the hoardes to buy my ticket
Kitschy Theme Park of sorts just before the Nature Reserve

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou April 17th 2014

Geo: 33.13, 103.55Some days are diamond and some days are stone.You guessed it, this was the "stone" day. An early start in Chengdu to be sure we arrived at the airport in time for the 10.30 flight. We woke at 6 am to the rumbling of thunder and when we opened the curtain Chengdu was blanketed in an angry black cloud and lightening flashed and thunder roared! A quick breakfast and we were bundling into the car for the ride to the airport. But the rain brings with it it's own challenges and we were soon stuck bumper to bumper in traffic that was not moving an inch. Our 20 minute ride to the airport turned into an hour ten crawl.A quick dash through the massive terminal two and we were tossing my overweight luggage into ... read more
Huanglong Walk

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou February 2nd 2014

Trip on tube : China trip (中国) Episode 12 - Jiuzhaigou & Huanglong (九寨沟 & 黄龙) Hi, the Chinese have always said " If u have seen the Jiuzhaigou's water, It's no need to see another water on the Earth. and the best time to come to Jiuzhaigou is on October (especially on date 15-25 Oct). This clip i recoarded on 5-6 October (The Chinese National day) so let's enjoy and u should come to Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) too locate near the Jiuzhaigou Village is so beautiful... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou November 11th 2013

Geo: 33.13, 103.55So yesterday started with a bright and early dash to the bus station to buy tickets for JiuZhaiGou. As it's the off season, I was in luck - do a google search for how mad this place became during the October holiday! 9.5 uneventful hours later (there were only 8 of us on this bus!) and I arrived in JiuZhaiGou. Not that the journey wasn't beautiful, we drove through valleys surrounded by tiny Tibetan villages and people on horse/donkey back, I saw my first (what I think was a) yak and beautiful mountains and lakes. This was also an area affected by the 2008 earthquake so we drove past former bridges sliced in half, huge chunks of roads in rivers and fallen, never repaired, power lines. Anyway, on arrival I had my general quest ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou September 24th 2013

We get a sleep in and sample another great buffet breakfast. This one has “Baked Bean Curd with Tomato Sauce”, which is of course baked beans. You have to be flexible in your acceptance of what things are. Idira collects us at 10am, and we visit a shop immediately down-valley of the Sheraton to get some bananas and snacks for lunch. The hotel offers a packed lunch, but we think it’s a bit steep at ¥98 (A$17.80). There are also restaurants in the Tourist Centre in the valley, but we didn’t want to line up with hundreds of others. Anyway the snacks work well. Of the nine villages in the valley, only three are available to visit by tourists, but the main objective is to view the 118 beautiful lakes and the many spectacular waterfalls. Crystal ... read more
Jiuzhaigou Panda Lake
Jiuzhaigou The Flower Lake 1
Jiuzhaigou The Flower Lake 2

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou November 26th 2012

After spending a lot of time in cities around China we were really getting ready to see some rural areas of China and experience some lush greenery so Jiuzhaigou sounded perfect for its beautiful national park and the surrounding Tibetan villages. We flew to Chengdu from Shanghai so that we could take the bus there. Unfortunately we couldn't get a flight directly from shanghai to Jiuzhaigou as this would have been far easier. We knew the bus was going to be long but was hoping it was worth it. The bus journey from Chengdu was pretty uneventful we slept quite a bit of the way and then woke for the final 4-5 hours, watching the beautiful scenery unfold in front of us. It was snowing quite heavily as we got around half way and the roads ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou May 14th 2012

It has been 22 months since my last confession, er, blog. Sorry - work, life, laziness. I’m still in Shanghai. The World Expo has come and gone, metro lines have run riot under the city, shopping malls are on every street corner, new skyscrapers have been thrown up, bars and restaurants have opened and closed and opened again.Yes, the pace of this city is still dizzying. Arriving at Jiuzhaigou May Day Holiday, time to escape for a slower pace, nature and clean air - Jiuzhaigou National Park, famed for its spectacular valleys and clear blue lakes and Chengdu, home to spicy food, lazy days and pandas. A delayed three hour flight from Shanghai and we eventually arrived at Jiuzhaigou airport, some 3,500 metres above sea level. An altitude headache immediately started to creep up, on... read more
Jo & me taking the high road
Crystal clear river
Tibetan water wheel

Asia » China » Sichuan » Jiuzhaigou May 11th 2012

I caught the 8.30am bus to Songpan, a town 300kms north of Chengdu and only 100kms from Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. The trip took about 7 hours and I found it quite interesting following the river and passing near the epicentre of the devestating 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Most of the towns that were destroyed are full of new housing with only some remnants to be seen, including a few bridges that had collapsed which they haven't done anything about. The other interesting part was a definate tibetan feel the further we got from Chengdu which was reflected in the houses as well as the people. Arriving in Songpan and seeing the renovated city walls and temples I was worried that it might turn out to be another Chinese tourist town, but after going for a walk I ... read more
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve




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