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“Beautiful but lots of people and walking”

Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
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3-Day Private Tour of Jiuzhaigou From Chengdu With Flight
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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 5 August 2014

When we reached there at 7am in the morning , there was already a long queue to buy tickets and another long queue to get into the park. 310 yuan for the adult ticket with bus rides. Impossible to do it without the bus ticket. The second day , we were smarter. We bought the tickets the day before . Next day tickets are sold from 4-6 pm. We got into the oark in 20 minutes instead of 75 minutes.
The park is beautiful with lakes set against backdrops of mountains. However if you want to see the best of reflections , do see them from 7-10 am. After that the lakes are no longer still and lose their magical quality. Try to do the mirror lake first.
Be prepared for long walks. The buses do not drop you and pick you up at the same location. They make you walk for about one km before they pick you up again. So we walked and walked. If you are physically fit , I would say you can probably do the park in one day. We tried doing the park against the flow of people hoping to avoid the crowd. Big mistake. Going traffic is like a salmon trying to swim upstream and they die at the end of it.
Food is available at the centre- buffet style apparently. Did not try that. There are vendors selling cup noodles , heated rice packs, packed sausages and water throughout the park . Still it is good to bring biscuits , snacks and water for the walk.
Altitude sickness- well my husband suffered a little from it and thereafter decided to take the Diamox and he was fine after that. Would advise to take that.
Comparison to other lakes in the world. Well, they are beautiful but were spoilt by the sheer number of people and the stress of getting into the right buses and the huge amount of walking and steps. Would visit once only whereas would visit other places like New Zealand , Rockies , Yosemite again and again.

4  Thank jolinpl
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

The park is awesome in its colours especially the lakes. The pictures that you might see on any website are real. I could not believe the eye popping colours of the lakes. It seemed that someone had coloured the bottom of the lakes bright turquoise. When I saw the pictures on the web before visiting, I thought they were unreal. They are not. I hear the whole area become even more colourful during autumn when the trees turn brown and orange. Juxtaposed with the awesome blue, I think it will blow your mind away. The only drawback is the multitude of tourists who have to contend with so be warned. Be brave and fight the crowd. Its worth it.

Thank sheosrai
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

There are buses to go up the road and I'm pretty sure they're free, but there are tremendously long lines. We went with a tour company, but the prices to rent a personal bus per person are OUTRAGEOUS. Something weird about this natural reserve, is that there are extremely fast wifi hotspots everywhere. During our entire stay here, the adults on our bus enjoyed it, but majority of the children were tired.

2  Thank Max L
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The view was breathtaking and they have really nice mountains. It would be great if it's less crowded and I mean it.. It's a real long queue for entrance tickets and the bus, and some just cut your queue.
It's worth spending a day in the park but bring your own food and drinks. The toilet in the park was comparatively "clean" if compared to those outside..

Thank michelle n
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

The view is magnificent!

But, too many people! Very noisy and you cant really enjoy the view peacefully with that much of people. Long waiting time for the bus, saw someone spit into the water, put their legs into water!

Thank Backpacker8912
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