Jiuzhaigou is one of the most enchanting places I’ve been. Not just in terms of the natural scenery but also how it is showcased to visitors. Each little part of the valley is a feast for the eyes and accessible for us to be immersed in it. Located near Tibet and Huanglong, it is a UNESCO world heritage site and a world biosphere reserve. Its name means Nine Village Valley, and you can see how much love and care the people put into preserving this land. I have to thank my mom for planning this amazing portion of our trip because this park was the whole reason she wanted us to go to china again.
Known to have one of the cleanest waters on the planet you can see right through the lakes to the masses of fallen tree stumps laying on the bottom in Jiuzhaigou Valley. The best part of the hikes is just how close we got to the water. Wooden boardwalks crisscross along the river taking you over and under the waterfalls showing off views that you would normally never have access to if you were limited to staying on the sides of the river banks.
Turning every corner is a Kodak picture moment. All of us used up our memory space on our phones with the massive amounts of photos we took each day. Of course we had to stop for a traditional Tibetan costume photo op. There’s just so much beauty to capture, it’s hard to really do this place justice.
- The easiest way to arrive Jiuzhai and Huanglong is to fly into Jiuzhai Huanglong airport from Chengdu and pay for a taxi to drive you 3 hrs to the valley. Or book a private tour. There’s not a lot of English speaking tour options to here yet.
- The buses to leave the park get very crowded at the end of the day and you will have to push to get on. Don’t lose your companions.