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Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County 623400, China
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
5.0 of 5 stars 3,349 Reviews
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Jiuzhaigou Valley, eulogized as a world of magical fairytale, has for years enchanted tourists with...
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Jiuzhaigou Valley, eulogized as a world of magical fairytale, has for years enchanted tourists with its mountains and luxuriant forests, colorful lakes, gushing waterfalls and abundant wildlife. To its south is the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon Scenic Area). Jiuzhaigou Valley is located in Nanping County, 450 kilometers (about 280 miles) to the north of Chengdu City, Sichuan, covers a total area of 720 square kilometers and the valley is 50 kilometers in length. In 1992, UNESCO entered this scenic area onto the world natural heritage list.Jiuzhaigou, literally the Nine Village Valley, is hence known for the nine Tibetan villages within its boundary, Inhabited by Tibetans, the nine villages and alpine lakes, are like reflecting mirrors or crystal jade blocks inlaid in snow mountains and forests.
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We visited Jiuzhaigou in October as part of Helen Wong's "Jewels Of China" Tour. We arrived at the airport mid afternoon and half of our group was immediately troubled by the altitude (3,500metres), suffering headaches, nausea, shortness of breath and dizziness. Then we were driven to the Sheraton in a sardine tin on wheels which made their symptoms even worse.... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We visited Jiuzhaigou in mid-October, the weather was great (although the weather forecast said it will be raining, it turned out to be great!). First, note that the airport's altitude is pretty high and it caused to feel a little altitude sickness, but it looked that most people got with it ok. At the airport you can take a shuttle... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Really beautiful place, will take up your entire day whether you'll hike around or get buses. We purchased bus passes for the day with the tickets. It is a very big place so it's definitely worth it. Got a bus up to the top of the mountain and then hiked downhill for the rest of the day. It is worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is how my wife and I did it, and if we were to go again (very likely we will, in a different season!) we'd do it the same way. Pack light. Plan to arrive in Jiuzhaihuanglong Airport early in the day. Our plane touched down about 0730am. Take a taxi (no haggling, standard fares apply, a notice board with... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I’m not sure when I’ll ever be back to Jiuzhaigou so I hope this information will be helpful to other travelers making plans to visit. It’s a stunning place, worth seeing, and can be very pleasant or unpleasant depending on how organize your day. We were there for two days and had one pleasant day and one unpleasant. Even though... More 

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We visited this place on 28th Sept, 2014 and as advised we reached very early at 8 AM and it was not crowded. We reached the last point and went around a lake with a walk in the forest ( about 3.5 kms!) and at the next stop, our guide showed some places and pointed at a place to rejoin... More 

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We traveled all around China in 2011 and loved it, the best place we ended up at was Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. It was a spur of the moment trip there but so worth it. Beautiful, doesn't describe it. Get there early to beat most of the crowds and try to share a cab with another group. Its a good 1.5... More 

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Beijing Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

By sheer luck and trying to avoid the crowds, I found a way that you can enjoy the park with few persons for long time, (providing that you are able to walk for some hours): taking the bus from the entrance, it will normally leave you at a place near Shuzheng lakes/Shuzheng waterfalls, next to Shuzheng village. Everybody gets out... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

You will have to live with the long line at the park entrance before you board the bus which will take you to the area of the park you want to start with; make it early before 8.00/8.30am to avoid the peak of the crowd. It is highly advisable to find a hotel close to the park entrance if you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Another tourist trap in a "natural" reserve. The so-called reserve has a busy road. Crowded buses drive the tourists up and down the site. You cannot enjoy walking freely on your own. Wooden paths have been made to contain people. The views were beautiful in mid october, but it was spoiled by shouting crowds of people pushing you for a... More 

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