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“The Yosemite of China”

Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
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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.
Reviewed June 22, 2010

An extremely beautiful and well maintained national park high in the mountains of northern Sichuan. There is a strong Tibetan cultural influence in this area, which adds to the charm and interest. The park is accessed via park bus which basically takes you up either of two valleys. You can then pick and chose riding down and stopping at scenic spots or hiking down between any of them.

I strongly recommend getting off at the Panda Lake stop, hiking UP (short distance) to Arrow Bamboo Lake and Falls and then hiking down all the way to the Tourist Center. If you take your time and stop for frequent photos and enjoy all of the details this can take 5-6 hours and be a full day. You can easily cover the other valley starting at Long Lake in one day. Don't hike in this second valley as things are too spread out. The second day would also include the stops between the Tourist Center and the park entrance. You CAN do this park in one day, as many Chinese do, by sticking to the bus and eliminating hiking, but I feel you really miss a lot if you do so. The hiking is all on boardwalk style trails to protect the environment and is not too difficult.

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Reviewed February 8, 2010

Although the entrance fee is expensive, it provides shuttle bus travel along the Y-shaped valleys.

I am not sure the lunch is included in the fee. I had lunch inside a village there.

It is the most beautiful valley with numerous lakes, waterfalls, rivers, gorges, etc. I cannot find the best word to describe this sight.

5  Thank dhhtravel
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

Summary:
I just returned from a trip to JZG/HL last week. This article would be useful for DIY travelers who:
- Want an update on JZG/HL since the “Background” article was written (in 2006)
- Are travelling with older folks (I went with my mum and 3 relatives all aged 60-65)
- Are planning a rush trip to JZG-HL (minimum 2d2n)

I will not be waxing lyrical on the beauty of JZG or HL as pictures can easily be found on the internet. I will be providing first hand info and travel tips from my own experience, which I hope will be useful to DIY travelers (especially non-Chinese speakers) wishing to experience the wonders that are in abundance here.

It would be helpful to read the traveler article called “Background” in the JZG County Travel Guide section before you read this post. Another good background piece is the JZG article on the foreignercn.com website. As JZG/HL was part of my 8-day Chengdu trip, this post will be based on travelling to/from JZG from Chengdu.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 0: CTU-JZG by plane (40min).
Day 1: Tour JZG national park (entire day).
Day 2: Transfer to HL (3h). Tour HL national park (4h). Transfer to airport (1h). JZQ-CTU by plane (40 min).

Getting there:
You can fly to the JZG/HL airport from Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing (listed in order of flight frequency). You can book air tickets online – common websites recommended in the forums are elong, travelzen and ctrip. According to forums, travelzen does not have a 3% surcharge for international credit cards. My return ticket (6-8 Nov 2009) from ctrip.com cost RMB2,200/pax. Ticket prices reduce dramatically in winter.

If you are flying in from Chengdu (40 min) right after your international flight arrives, note that the terminal is a 10 min walk (non-sheltered) from the main international terminal, and involves carrying your luggage down 2 flights of stairs.

You can also take a 9-12h bus ride from Chengdu.

Getting around:
From the airport, there are several options to get to your hotel.
1. There is an airport bus counter just beside the terminal exit. You can get a bus ticket on a 15-seater bus for RMB45. The bus leaves once it is full. This will not take long in the morning when arrivals are at half-hour intervals, although the counter staff will try to scare you into believing that the bus may take hours to fill up. Check the arrival board to make your own estimates. The bus driver will announce the various stops in Chinese so you may want to print out your hotel address in Chinese if you don’t understand/speak Chinese. Or cross your fingers and hope that some fellow passenger speaks English.
2. You can charter the entire 15-seater bus for RMB400, which may make sense if you are a group with lots of luggage or wish to stop along the way to see the sights.
3. Taxi drivers will be hanging around the airport bus counter and around the exit. The price to go to JZG by taxi is RMB200 (RMB260 in the evenings). I understand that some of the private taxis will try to raise the price halfway but this is only hearsay. The official taxi prices are written on a big board right outside the terminal exit. The sign is written in Chinese. If you don’t read Chinese, the first row is for airport-JZG (RMB200), second row is for airport-HL (RMB180), and the second-last row is for airport-HL-JZG-airport (RMB700). I have posted a photo of this signboard on TA.
The ride from the airport to the park entrance takes about 1.5-2h (90km).

If you can’t walk to the park entrance from your hotel, the only way to get there is by taxi. These either go by meter or according to the driver’s fancy. As a rough guide, we paid about RMB6-8 for a 1.5km trip from our hotel to the park entrance. There are usually taxis waiting around the hotels and park entrance at peak periods (morning, late afternoon), but if you miss these peak periods and there are no official taxis in sight, you can flag down a “taxi” (private cars) along the road. Assuming you can speak some basic Chinese, tell them you want to go to the park entrance (gou kou). Miming with a map may also work. These private cars pick up and drop off passengers anywhere along the road, so you may be sharing the “taxi” with others. They are typically a bit cheaper than metered cabs.

Planning your schedule:
The 2-day entry pass (mentioned in previous TA posts) is no longer available during the peak season (apr-nov). Hence most time-starved travelers will finish touring JZG park on the first day. If you do JZG again on the second day, you will have to pay for a separate entry pass (no multi-day discount).

HL is a great way to spend your second day. There are lots of colourful multi-level ponds which you will not see at JZG, and the overall experience is much more pleasant and relaxing as it is a lot less crowded.

For those visiting with older folks, finishing JZG in one day is quite manageable using the park bus system, even after budgeting for a slower pace, hand holding on stairs, and lots of toilet and rest stops. If you are of average fitness, you can easily squeeze in some trekking (i.e. skipping some of the designated bus stops) to fully appreciate the beauty of the park.

Navigating the JZG park
(http://www.jiuzhai.com/language/english/visit.html)
You will first have to buy entry passes at the ticket office. The entry pass is RMB310/pax (comprising entry fee of RMB220 and compulsory bus ticket of RMB90). Student and seniors (at least 60 years old) get a RMB50 discount on the entry fee with an international passport.

This map is available from the ticket office (free of charge):
http://www.jiuzhai.com/language/english/pdf/jzv_visitor_map.pdf


There are various ways to tour the park. Most people would start at the top of Rize Valley (Primeval/Virgin Forest) and work their way down, either by park bus (stopping at the various scenic spots) or on foot. If you are going by this route, once inside the park, follow the crowd to queue for the bus that takes you to Rize Valley (the right arm of the Y-shape). If you start early in the morning (e.g. 8am), the bus will go straight to the top (past the Tourist Centre) without stopping. Along the way there will be some commentary on the various sights in Chinese.

The Rize Valley has more scenic spots than the Zechawa Valley (left arm), so if you plan to alternate between trekking and bus you should definitely do the trekking portion along Rize and not Zechawa. If you don’t have older folks in your group, it is well worth skipping some bus stops to trek along the wooden boardwalks as many sights are not visible from the road. The boardwalk between Panda Lake and Peacock Riverbed is particularly stunning as the Panda falls run parallel to the boardwalk.

You can actually trek all the way from the Virgin Forest down to the park entrance. In this case you should finish the Zechawa Valley (left arm) by bus first – only 2 scenic stops.

All the buses will pass the Tourist Centre in the middle of the Y where all 3 arms intersect. This is like a central bus depot where you can change buses depending on which direction you are headed. The map from the ticket office shows the various bus stops. There are also signs posted in English and Chinese.

To note (stuff that they announce on the bus in Chinese):
1. There is no bus pickup point on the downward route between the Virgin Forest and Arrow Bamboo Lake, so if you want to see Swan Lake you’ll have to walk all the way from the Virgin Forest to Arrow Bamboo Lake.
2. Some bus stops are both pickup and dropoff points, while at others you will have to walk downhill for a little while before you can board the bus again. The bus guide will give instructions in Chinese just before each bus stop. If you don’t understand Chinese, just follow the general direction of the crowd. If the pickup and dropoff points are separate, the general rule is that the pickup point is downhill.
3. For the Shuzheng arm, the bus will not automatically stop at every single stop, as most people do this arm towards the end of the day and are too tired/bored to see more lakes. The bus guide will ask in Chinese whether anyone wants to get off. If you don’t speak Chinese you should probably tell the guide exactly where you want to stop once you get up the bus.

Additional tips:
Boardwalks – Can be slippery with frost in the mornings especially at the higher stops. There are some stairs involved at some scenic spots (not more than 2 flights). Only the stairs at Panda Falls are steep.
Buses – Pushing and shoving is to be expected when getting on the bus. Take the next bus if you think you won’t be able to get a seat. Or you also can try some pushing and shoving.
Photos – Most of the Chinese tourists don’t seem to mind if you are in their picture. Likewise they will not take the initiative (unless asked) to move away or avoid walking in front of your subject.
Food & Drink – Only available at the Tourist Center and the park entrance. Most people stop for lunch at the Tourist Center. The cheapest and quickest option is to buy cup noodles (note that only the mushroom flavour is non-spicy). Alternatively bring your own drinks and snacks and eat at the rest stops along the way. I would recommend the big rest stop along the boardwalk between Pearl Shoals Waterfall and Mirror Lake.
Toilets – Didn’t try as I am blessed with a big bladder. The smell can be pretty awful though, even from a distance.

Transfer to HL:
We chartered a 15-seater bus (RMB1000) to take us to HL, wait for us to finish (with our luggage in the bus), and take us to the airport. It was the same bus that we chartered from the airport to JZG. A taxi should cost less. The ride from JZG to HL takes about 2.5-3h (130km). When you get to the mountainous portion the road is extremely bumpy and there is a lot of construction going on – bring your barf bags.

Our driver stopped at a small shop along the way that sells traditional Chinese altitude sickness medicine (HL is higher than JZG). To me it smelt and looked like redbull repackaged in small vials, but it did have some positive effect (psychological or otherwise) as my aunts seemed to be more energetic in HL than JZG.

Navigating HL park
(http://www.huanglong.com)
The driver will stop at the ticket office. Entry passes are RMB200 (RMB150 for students and seniors) and the gondola ticket is RMB80 (one-way). I would strongly recommend taking the gondola up and walking down. Walking 4.2km to the top (Five-coloured pond) at 10,000 feet above sea level is only for those in very good shape. We met many Chinese tourists huffing and puffing their way up while we were walking down and they told us that they totally regretted not taking the gondola. You will get to see the same sights walking down as it is the same trail.

After you get off the gondola, it is an easy (mostly flat and slight downhill) 2.6km walk along a wooden boardwalk to a big open rest area. From there you can either walk up (lots of stairs) 300m to the very top to see the Five Coloured Pond and Ancient temple, or continue downhill for another 4.2km. Oddly, there are no signboards at the rest area, you will only see stairs going up and stairs going down.

If you don’t wish to do any uphill climbing, it is ok to skip the 300m continuous stairclimb to the Five Coloured Pond. The Five Coloured Pond is very similar to the Beauty Competing Pond lower down. There is also another temple halfway down.

We managed to complete the almost 7km trek in about 3-4 hours, so an average person should be able to do it in 2-3 hours.

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Reviewed June 20, 2009

Well-serviced by environmental friendly buses. You purchase admission tickets and bus tickets before entering the park. Upon entering the park, you queue at bus-stop for the next bus to bring you into the park. The bus will drop you at the Nuorilang tourist centre car park. You pass through a small tunnel as instructed by bus driver to reach a cross road. Turn left and walk down, you will reach the bus-stops for bus going along the right arms of the Y-shaped park, and bus going to the park entrance. Turn right and moving up slope, you reach the eateries and shopping areas, as well as the bus-stop for bus going along the left arm of the Y-shaped park. Each of the route along the left or right arm, first bring you straight to the end, left arm route ending at Long Lake and right arm route ending at Primal forest. Then the bus will return when sufficient passengers boarded (quite fast actually, no need to worry about no bus, plenty going aound at any one time), then they will stop at various stops along the route. If you want to alight, just board the next bus after your visits. Some stops, you board at where you alighted, while at others, you have to walk down some distance to reach the boarding place. The commenting guide on the bus will inform you in Mandarin and English. Along the Left arm route, the 3 stops are Zechawa village, Colourful pool and Long Lake. Along the right arm route, the 6 stops are, Mirror Lake, Pearl Shoal, Multi-coloured Lake, Panda Lake, Arrow Bamboo Lake and Primal forest. The stops along the entrance-Nuorilang route are: Rhinocerous Lake, Tiger Lake, Shuzheng village, Sparkling Lake and Pengjing Lake. To visit the spectacular Nuorilang Waterfall, you have to walk there from the tourist centre car park for about 400m. There are toilets mostly at bus-stops or at attractions such as Nuorilang Waterfall, etc. They are a bit primitive, some without water for washing hands (Bring a bottle of sanitiser). The toilet seats have plastic cover put over it, and when the senser detect a change of heat as you move away, it automatically pulls the plastic cover in, thus changing the plastic cover over the seat to a new one for the next person. The facilities are such that you don't have to hike if you don't want to or can't. The buses take care of everything for you. For those who want to hike, you can venture out from each stop, and you can skip stops. One notable spot not reached by buses, because it happens to be at a road turn where bus cannot stop, is Peacock Lake, which is also very beautiful. Different seasons give you a different view of this scenic park. The eating and shopping areas have cheap instant noodles stall outside, with outdoor seating, and rows of souvenir shops inside the building, and an expensive Chinese food restaurant inside. The pricing is RMB 50 and RMB 80 types, buffet style, and with much better toilets. Food are o.k.

14  Thank WoodlandsSingapore
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Reviewed November 21, 2008

This is a summary of a trip to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong in October 2008, probably two of the most beautiful natural areas in China . The parks are located in Sichuan province, and are amazingly scenic. It’s accessible to non-Mandarin speakers, with a little difficulty. Still, you don’t need to pay the absolutely ridiculous prices the tour operators charge.

There’s a great review article on Jiuzhaigou called “Background” on this website that helped out a lot, consider printing it and this article for your trip. This article supplements it with information on Huanglong Park . If you don’t speak Mandarin, there will be some challenges, but you’ll be OK as long as you have this info. So you know where this review is coming from, my wife and I have lived in China for 4 months. We speak basic Chinese (ie, we can go slightly beyond what’s necessary for a taxi or restaurant). We enjoy the outdoors. We like to travel relatively cheaply, no resort hotels for us, but also no hostels/backpacking lodges. Contact our taxi driver who was excellent—good prices for his services and he negotiated deals for us on everything else. His name is something like “Mafu Ni” [-]. He doesn’t speak English, but was very patient with our terrible Mandarin.

ITINERARY : We flew into JZG/HL airport from Chengdu in the late afternoon, took a taxi into JZG, and spent the first night in a hotel right outside the park, getting acclimated to the altitude. We saw a singing/dancing performance. The second day we hiked around JZG and spent the night in the same town, going to a Tibetan family’s house for dinner/dancing/singing. The third day we drove up to HL and spent slightly more than a half day there. If plane flights had been available, we would have flown out the afternoon of the third day, but they were already full. We spent the night near the airport in a small town called something like “Chuanjusenzhen.” We flew out to Xi’an on the fourth day. If you have more time, you can easily spend 2 days in JZG park, or travel out to Songpan.

GEOGRAPHY: The airport is isolated, about 30 minutes from a small town called something like Chuanjusenzhen. From this town, you can go about 1 hour downhill in one direction to JZG town and park. You can go the other direction about 1-2 hours uphill then downhill to HL park. There’s no town outside HL park, only a fancy looking hotel. The highest point on the drive to HL, if I remember correctly, is about 12,000 feet. The parks are around 8-10,000 feet I think. Consider getting acetazolamide/diamox for altitude. At this time of year and altitude, mosquitos weren’t an issue. We had started taking malaria pills (recommended for remote areas in Sichuan ) but stopped as we didn’t get bitten.

ACCOMODATION : We were looking for something cheap but clean, my wife doesn’t like hostels, and I don’t like fancy resort hotels. The town of JZG is basically one long strip of undistinguishable Chinese hotels located for several kilometers on either side of the park entrance. There is a backpacker’s hostel there, also a Sheraton which seemed really nice from the outside, and there was a resort under construction about 30 minutes from the park entrance. We ended up staying in one of the indistinguishable hotels for 200RMB (US$25-30) for the first two nights, and in a similar hotel in a town called something like “Chuanjusenzhen” on the third night. Our taxi driver negotiated that price, as they had originally charged us almost double through C-trips internet booking agency (and we thought we had gotten a deal from C-trips, as that was even cheaper than the posted prices!). Breakfast was included, Chinese-style. The hotels were basic but clean with hot showers. There was no central heating, only electric blankets on the beds, and it does get cold during the fall and winter. Some hotels had hot water only available from about 7pm-12 midnight. They have beer, no English TV, and some of them might let you use internet in their administrative office. It seemed like it was very easy to get a room the day of, I don’t think we needed to book ahead of time. Prices quoted to us over the phone were more than double what we ended up paying, and the price we got through C-trips, a booking agency, was also almost double what we paid. We had our taxi driver negotiate the room in person for us.

TRANSPORTATION: We got to JZG/HL via airplane from Chengdu , booked online with C-trips. The airport is up in the mountains, very beautiful flight in, and a dramatic landing between the mountains! You can also go via tour buses from Chengdu , and perhaps by public buses as well. The roads apparently just opened up this week (Oct 2008) after the earthquake, and we got conflicting information about ground transport availability. From the airport, you will need to take a taxi into JZG. Negotiate for 200RMB once you’re out of the airport. If you go by meter, it will be about 250RMB. Once in JZG, it’s easy to take taxis back and forth from the hotel to the park entrance, and back to the airport or Huanglong. If you speak Chinese or are good at pantomime, get one of the taxi drivers to be your driver for the duration of the trip. Our driver was fantastic. He drove us around for 3 1/2 days for 700RMB (we gave him a 200RMB tip on top of that). For some reason, he kept the meter running for the entire trip and it ended up being about 2000RMB by the meter, but he didn’t try to charge us that price. This 700RMB included airport->JZG hotel (1-2hours), multiple rides around JZG, JZG->HL park (2-3hrs), HL park->hotel (1-2 hours), and a ride back to the airport, as well as waiting for us at each park. Our driver also negotiated hotel rooms, performance tickets, a Tibetan dinner, for about half of the posted prices. I’m sure he got a little kickback from each place, and I’m happy he did. There’s no way we could have gotten such good deals on our own, on the internet, or through a tour group. His name is something like “Mafu Ni” and cell is [-]. We were a little nervous because he kept the meter running the whole time and we thought we had misunderstood something in our original negotiations, but he didn’t charge us anywhere near the meter price. Once in JZG park, you will take buses. In HL park, you can take a gondola. (See below)

JZG PARK : This was a beautiful park, known for multi-colored lakes in an alpine valley. You can spend a day or two hiking, though from what we could tell, there’s no backpacking, definitely no formal campgrounds. Start at the park entrance, buy an entrance ticket and bus ticket for a total of 310 RMB (US $45), senior/student discounts available. You buy one bus ticket for unlimited rides. The park is shaped like a “Y”, with the entrance being downhill at the bottom of the letter and a large bus station/restaurant complex in the middle at the junction of the two arms of the “Y.” Each of the two arms of the “Y” lead uphill to a different valley. A map is available on the ticket, a better one is sold by vendors outside the entrance. Here’s what we did: we arrived at 7:30 to dodge crowds (currently not too bad, but will apparently get much worse now that the road has re-opened). We took a bus up to the central bus location, and stayed on the same bus as it went up the right-hand fork of the “Y” towards the “ Primeval Forest ” destination. If it doesn’t, get out at the central bus station and catch a bus up the right hand fork. Once at the top of the “Y,” we got out. We didn’t go to the Primeval Forest , instead, we crossed over the water, and hiked back down the arm of the “Y” to the central bus station. The hike was beautiful, along lakes and waterfalls. It was a downhill boardwalk, we stopped often for pictures, it took us about 4 hours. For the first 2 hours we only saw 1 other couple—apparently Chinese don’t like to hike. Once we got to the central bus station, we had a late lunch there (burgers, great club sandwiches—no, just kidding, it’s Chinese buffet), did some souvenir shopping, and then caught a bus up the left-hand fork of the “Y” towards Long Lake . We hiked a little around there, and then caught a bus back to the central bus station, where we caught a different bus down the mountain into town. Bus stops were labeled in English and were easy to figure out. This itinerary took us about 9 hours at a leisurely pace. If you have a second day, I’d recommend hiking down from the central bus station to the entrance (I’m guessing it’s about a 3-4 hour hike). It seemed like the hike along the left fork of the “Y”, from Long Lake , wasn’t as pretty as the others. If you don’t like to hike, you can get out at various bus stops and walk around the scenic viewpoints. These will be beautiful but crowded. Then hop on the bus again to go to whatever spot you want.

HL PARK: This is located 2-3 hours from JZG park, about 1-2 hours from the airport, along a beautiful mountain road with great views. There is no town outside the park, only a fancy hotel. Still, that doesn’t keep the crowds from coming. It has beautiful scenery, different from JZG. It’s noted for multi-colored ponds in small limestone pools, similar to Yellowstone in the USA . You can spend a half-day to a day here, many people will go in the morning before their late afternoon plane flight. Once at the base, you can either hike up or take the gondola up. We took the gondola, but if you’re in decent shape you can hike up. The gondola was 80 RMB (US$12), I forget the cost of the park entrance, but not as much as JZG. If you take the gondola, you will hike about 2 km from the gondola drop-off along a flat boardwalk to arrive at the main attraction, a yellow river with multiple limestone pools that you will hike up another 1-2 km. Instead of the gondola, you could hike uphill 4 km one-way from the entrance to the top. This boardwalk trail follows the river, and has many scenic overlooks at the multi-colored ponds and waterfalls. Since there are no buses here, everyone’s hiking up and down the same trail, and it gets a little crowded. At the top, I’d recommend hiking down instead of taking the gondola, as the walk down is only a little longer than the walk over to the gondola station. There’s a lot of beautiful scenery you miss if you take the gondola.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS: You definitely go to see the parks, but there are a few things you can do at night.
Zang Mi : This was a dance show in JZG town. Apparently there are two different dance shows, and this was the better one. Ticket face value is 320RMB, our driver got them for 150RMB for us. There was a lot of dancing and singing (and lip-synching). The show tells the story of a Tibetan pilgrim and her goat, as far as we could figure out. There were some English subtitles to the songs, but there was a lot of untranslated Chinese in the performance. It’s definitely not worth the face value of the ticket, but it is a good alternative to sitting in your hotel room and watching Chinese TV.
Dinner at a Tibetan house: A little bit of a tourist trap, but fun if you speak a little Chinese. For RMB 120 (apparently usually 180RMB, but our driver negotiated for us, and apparently there are better places for around 300RMB), you go to a large Tibetan house, do some dancing and praying, then go into a brightly decorated room where you eat some local food and drink local alcohol. During the meal, the Tibetan teenagers informally sing and dance (the “microphone” was a potato impaled on a chopstick) and answer questions from the Chinese, and they get everyone up to sing and dance as well. If you want to sit back and eat a good meal while watching a show, you won’t like this at all. But if you get involved in the dancing and singing, you’ll have some fun. We didn’t enjoy the food, but we did enjoy being able to talk with locals over dinner, and it was the only chance we got to see the local Tibetan culture on a more intimate level. As an aside, we had some yak meat at a restaurant, it was pretty tasty.
Shopping: You can buy souvenirs inside JZG park at the central bus station, there’s a market there. You can probably buy in JZG town as well, though I didn’t see as much as at Chuanjusenzhen, or whatever the name of that town is near the aiport. There’s a large strip of stands along the main road there. They sell dog furs dyed to look like tiger skin, so if you’re looking for some tastelesss home decorations, you’ve come to the right place. In Chuanjusenzhen, there’s also a tourist-trap gem market, but if you like your driver, you should let him take you there because he probably gets a kick-back. The most interesting place we saw was a Chinese herbal medicine store that sold, among other things, goji berries, dried lizards, and caterpillar fungus (the latter sells for US$5000 a pound in the big cities and outside China !).

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