Jiuzhaigou National Park is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, which is a province in south western China. It has become a world renowned scenic spot because of its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes. In 1992 the National Park was declared on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the mode of transport lacks diversification, it’s totally worth a visit.
Get in Jiuzhaigou
At present, a relatively convenient way to Jiuzhaigou is taking a plane to Chengdu or Chongqing first and then transferring to Huanglong Airport in Jiuzhaigou. There are flights to Chengdu and Chongqing from all the major domestic cities.
Among all the routes to Huanglong Airport, flights from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport are favored as there are more than 20 flights which depart from here every day and the flight time is about 40 minutes. There are also flights from Chongqing Jiangbei Airport to Huanglong Airport which is not as popular as the Chengdu flights but its flight time is about one hour.
Most of the tourists to Jiuzhaigou think that when they arrive at the Huanglong Airport they are in Jiuzhaigou already. But in fact they are still approximately 88 km away from Jiuzhaigou and it takes about 1.5 hours and 50 kilometers from the Huanglong Scenic Area which takes about one hour. Moreover, it takes about 2.5 - 3 hours from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong Scenic Area as the airport is located between them. Therefore, to charter a travel car or bus is a very reasonable choice.
There are many railway lines heading to Chengdu from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xian, Kunming and other large cities of China.
You can choose the following four railway lines to Jiuzhaigou:
Line 1: Take the Baoji-Chengdu Railway line to GuangYuan (or Zhaohua) first and then transfer to a coach bus to Jiuzhaigou. Many attractions are along the way including GuangYuan Old City, Huangze Temple, Thousand-Buddha Rocks, Bikou Reservoir and so on. However, this area is vulnerable to landslides in the rainy seasons.
Line 2: Take the Baoji-Chengdu Railway line to Jiangyou and then transfer to a coach bus to Jiuzhaigou through Wen County of Gansu Province. This line goes through attractions including Youdou Mountain, Libai Memorial Hall, and Baoen Temple, etc. The highway mileage is about 303 kilometres.
Line 3: Take the Baoji-Chengdu Railway line to Lueyang station of Shanxi Province first and then transfer to a coach bus into the Jiuzhaigou County. The highway mileage is about 441 kilometres through the attraction of Wanxiang Cave.
Line 4: Take the LongHai Railway Line to Tianshui Station of Gansu Province, then transfer to the coach bus through Wudu, Wen County. The highway mileage is about 546 kilometres. Along the way, there are attractions including Maijishan Grottoes, Shimen Scenic Spot, Du Fu Thatched Cottage plus many more.
Get Around Jiuzhaigou
There are plenty of taxis, as well as mini-buses in Jiuzhaigou to the most popular tourist destinations in the Jiuzhaigou region. Car Rentals are also available and range from ¥500-900per day.
Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong
Jiuzhaigou is about 128 kilometers away from Huanglong. If visitors travel Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong, travelers need to take buses back to Chengdu or Songpan and get off at Chuanzhu Temple (川主寺), and transfer to a bus heading to Pingwu and take off at Huanglong Temple.