This is my second trip to Jiuzhaigou, it's a definite must-see if you are in Sichuan or on your way to Tibet. It's like experience all four seasons in one day. The top is all covered in snow, then as you go down, it changes to Autumn clours, then it's all green and lush like Summer, then at the bottom everything felt so crisp just like Spring!!!
Many people here say that you need more than one day to explore the whole park, which is true if you like to hike up and down the whole place while soaking in the natural beauty. However, in my honest opinion, one day is enough.
Please note, if you're an avid hiker, then you'll probably want to take more than a day to do your stuff.
Why one day is better:
- You only pay the entry fee once. If you go the next day, you'll have to pay to get in again.
- There isn't much to see on the "LEFT HAND SIDE" of the park anymore, The only pools or lakes that are still there are the Long Lake at the top, and the Five Colour Pool at the bottom, the other two have already dried out. Last year the Five Colour Pool was at an all time low already, and this year, it's probably only 20cm deep. It's such a shame really.
As long as you get to the park first thing in the morning, then you can pretty much do the whole park in one day.
What I did to cover the whole park in one day:
- I got to the park first thing in the morning.
- Took a bus to get to the top of the LEFT HAND SIDE, then spent some time at the top admiring the Long Lake (it was frozen at the time, and foggy, and kinda snowing, so really couldn't stay for too long)
- Took the bus down to Five Colour Pool, (the bus didnt stop for the other two in the middle as they were dried out long ago), then walked all the way down. took about 2 hours in total.
- Waited for another bus to take me up to the top of the RIGHT HAND SIDE, then walked all the way down from the there, took about 7 hours.
I went on a Thursday, so it was not very crowded and I pretty much had the whole park to myself, only saw probably 20 people the whole day. Felt very serene, and I had plenty of time to take lots of photos along the way.
I had many stops in between also, for rests and just to admire the breathtaking scenery, so therefore in my opinion, one day is definitely sufficient to visit the whole place.
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