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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most unique places I ever visited. The colors, the nature, the culture... It is an amazing experience. Everybody in the family enjoyed the trip very, very much. Highly recommended.
One piece of advice. Go to the parks as early as you can to beat the crowds. The waiting time to go in can go up to 40 minutes during morning rush hour.
The park is ran and maintained very well. There are busses running every 5 minutes to take you to different parts of the park.
The parks don't have a big variety of food choices for lunch. Ask at your hotel for pre packed lunch to bring with you. The lunch food option is Chinese only and it is described at best as mediocre. My kids love Chinese food, but only ate the rice. :(

4  Thank Antonia V
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

The park is pretty, but it is also expensive and over crowded. Be prepared to follow a long line of people yelling, screaming, spitting and smoking (even though you are not supposed to smoke in the park) Not really worth the expense. Little English spoken in the park. Everything in the park is over priced so buy water and snacks before you go in or you will be paying 2 or 3 times as much

3  Thank LisaSmith123456
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Not easy to reach this place but it was worthed when you arrived :) I was queuing at 5 am and finally open at 5:30 am. I had plan to have photoshoot of my pre wedding here. I must say this place is amazing and incredibly beautiful. Still very natural and stunning place. Besides that, I knew that the entry price is quiet pricey. Beware of their toilet. Bring your self food, umbrella, hat, sunblock, plenty water and selfie stick. At least once in lifetime. MUST VISIT!

1  Thank r1karegina
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

I went as part of a group tour, with my husband and young son. I've heard lots about the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, and pre-earthquake, it must have been a wonderful place to hike and spend some time in amazing scenery. It's still beautiful, and breathtakingly so. However, here are some things to consider if you wish to take the long journey there.

1. Entry to the park is limited for now. I wondered if this was actually a good thing. My guide told me that it's currently limited to 2,000 per day, compared to 30,000 at its peak. Given how crowded I felt the scenic stops were (and with only 2,000 people!) I wondered what it must be like when it is fully re-opened. This might actually be a good time to see the park, limited though the sights are.

2. What you see is limited BUT negotiable. The interim arrangement is that everyone is herded into small buses with guides who pretty much determine what you can see in the park, and how long you spend there. There is no freedom to move around as you please. Even so, I found out that guides have some flexibility in the itinerary. My friends in another bus were able to have a picnic lunch (1 hour!) at a quiet(!) scenic spot after negotiations with their guide.

3. You can bring your own food into the park. Essentially, there is only 1 restaurant in the park, and 1 buffet menu. Most buses and guides will stop there for lunch (except if negotiated, see point 2). However, you can stock up on all sorts of instant food (self-heating, no less) that you can carry into the park in your bags. There is an open air eating area right next to the restaurant with tables and chairs and plenty for rubbish bins for garbage disposal. There's even a stall at the picnic area that sells soft drinks at fairly reasonable prices. 5 yuan for a bottle of Pepsi.

4. Children and elderly take note: all paths are paved but some walks are pretty long, with plenty of steps. Given the high altitude, not everyone's able to climb or walk the whole path. Do consult your guide before deciding to attempt the specific walk.

12  Thank speeddolphin
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

Overpriced and ruined by the earthquakes. You are much better off going to Huanglong which is less stressful to go to and does not have the visitor limit.

It is crucial to book months in advance if you want to visit Jiuzhaigou. It can be very expensive through tour groups and they have a monopoly on it. The tour buses are not good and there are only a few locations which you stay at and are not able to hike the park.

Much better to go to HuangLong.

2  Thank Daryl S
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

By far the most beautiful place I've ever seen. It is like being in heaven. An unforgettable experience of the highest caliber.

2  Thank MasterDev
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

I was there with an elderly Chinese friend. We went with a tour group (3 days) with other Chinese nationals. On our way to one of the toilet stops, the tour guide warned us of unscrupulous people peddling their wares. Unfortunately, my friend was gullible & a little hard of hearing and so did not heed the tour guide's advice. Never did we suspect that those guys would get their own people to dress up as tourists to trick gullible people to buy their herbs (see foto---the lady circled in red, following closely behind my friend). Their modus operandi is: 1) Spotting gullible people & drumming up interests by making huge & fake purchase 2) take an unreasonably huge amt of herbs & GRIND them and as a result, make the goods unreturnable and the purchase FINAL 3) insist on payment, otherwise they would not let the bus proceed (CREDIT card can be accepted---incredulous that a roadside store has credit card facility!!!)
To cut it short, my friend paid more than 2000 yuan, a whole month of her pension money.
I do not know the actual name of the place but the other accompanying photos can tell. Besides the lady, there is also a man with a backpack doing the same thing as the lady. We only realized they are not tourists when they did not get up the bus. Beware!!!
On the whole, March is not the best time to visit and also, JZG has been hastily reopened. Only 7 or less scenic spots are accessible. Renovations are also in progress

6  Thank Ant m
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

The scenery is magnificent. Within the park are well ordered trails most of an easy to medium level (although some have steep climbs). The park contains a number of Tibetan villages and, at the entrance, the Tibetan market which have classic backpacker style bars and restaurants to rest at.

1  Thank DavidH5655
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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

This is an amazingly beautiful place but it’s still recovering from the most recent earthquake. Much of the park is inaccessible for tourists still and won’t be fully opened till October 2018
The other bad news is that there is a train line being built from Chengdu and that will open it up even to even more domestic tourists.
Current numbers are limited to just 2000 visitors per day but it will rise to 40,000 when it reopens fully.
The locals are lovely people and generally you don’t feel like you’re being totally ripped off each time you pull out the wallet, however, expect relatively high prices for everything due to o constraints on transport etc
Also, expect it to be COLD even early into spring, seriously cold. Our room had an AC that apparently once blew hot air but now an average politician would do better. Our water bottles froze overnight and to add to that, the hotel don’t turn on the heaters on the hot water till 7 maybe 8 if they forget and then It runs out fast.
Hopefully the bigger chain hotels, the Hilton, IHG etc will reopen soon to cater for laowai visitors.
The water and lakes are just sensational, and everywhere is lazy person friendly.
It’s currently a bit of a journey to get here with a 10 hour bus ride but you do get to stop at some amazing places.
Songpan is the edge of Tibet and is worth a visit.
Also, don’t believe the stories that you can only come on an escorted tour. It doesn’t matter how you get here and where you stay. The tour companies promote that myth to try and capture the market to get the most money, however all entry to the park is on company (gov) buses.

24  Thank AussieKnight
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

The view is insanely good, the water is either super clear such that you can directly see the bottom of the lake or so surreally coloured that you think it is supernatural.

1  Thank Wang L
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