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“Be Aware of Horse Riding Scam”
Review of Zhongcha Canyon

Zhongcha Canyon
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

As many reviews say here, the guides who lead the horse for you stop at one point at a buddhist shrine and you have to get off the horse. Without asking me or my girlfriend anything (the two guides spoke anyway 0 english), they gave us some incense sticks in our hand. We had to place them below the buddha statue and bow three times, this part we already hated as it seemed somewhat forced. Our religious beliefs are different than theirs', I don't think you should ever force anyone to pray or make a wish in front of a buddha statue just because they believe in it, that was already a bit disappointing.
After this they suddenly put out their phone and type in 200RMB!!! We already payed upfront 360RMB for a 4h ride per person. We didnt even had more money with us and after a terrible 5 minutes trying to explain that we are not paying we disheartedly continued our journey even though at this point we already wanted to go back. They stopped us again later in the middle of nowhere and asked for money again and when we denied, they got angry. We felt very uncomfortable at this point that we just got off our horses and ran back to the village!!

We were probably the first people who were smart enough not to fall into this scamming trap and you should also not do the same. Avoid this place for your own good. The woman running this place even knew about this and tried to take advantage of our language barrier and say that we did not understand them!!!! We understood perfectly what they wanted, they do it to other customers aswell as we also asked them later.


Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 27 April 2015

We enjoyed our 3 hours with the horses. Although a bit disappointed at first that we were walking with the guide who was leading the horse, we soon enjoyed the scenery.

For sure our driver got a commission from the place where we rented the horse, but ... does it really matters?

we enjoyed our lunch after the 3 hours horse ride on the terrace of a restaurant, above the horse place. extraordinary scenery.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Our group of five Americans visited Zhongcha Valley today and opted for the "three-hour" horseback tour @ ¥275/person. it was OK as a diversion from the crowds of Jiuzhaigou, but not esp. authentic or as scenic as we had hoped. The horse concession is a micro-finance project: Jiuzhaigou village received funding from the govt to buy horses and widen the footpath; they are in process of paying back the loan. The ride will be boring for anyone who has ever been on a horse. Tibetans lead each animal slowly uphill (we argued unsuccessfully for a more independent ride). The cultural highlight was passing by an old prayer house and spinning the ancient prayer wheel inside, tended by an even more ancient Tibetan elder. Next came the little shrine to the two holy mountains that tower above, along with an extremely high-pressure pitch to buy incense and flags @ ¥50/person. None of us are religious, much less Buddhist, so we politely declined, which threw one of our guides into a frenzied fit that made all of us extremely uncomfortable. I told her I thought Buddhists never pressured non-believers into joining the faith, but she was undeterred and became irate. ENOUGH I said and we grudgingly donated ¥100 to the cause. After this shakedown a very unhappy mood prevailed on the descent, and they shorted us 40 minutes on the "three hour tour". Stay away unless you are devoutly Buddhist and don't mind being taken advantage of by these people. The scenery isn't that special.

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Foodie03054
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This place is good only if you are interested in taking a horse ride. The horses are pulled by Tibetans trying to make some money. You can opt for an hour or a 2 hour ride. I think it was ¥100 per person per hour. It was a nice little ride as it is quite a scenic route but be prepared to be scammed as half way up they will take you to a spot where they said you can pray and make your wish for good health etc.you will be given some joysticks and flags which you hv to pay for. I think it was ¥ 50 per person.This money actually goes to the Tibetan workers ( the ones pulling the horses) cos the horses don't belong to them and the money which was paid earlier on does not go to them. We did not mind as they were pleasant and it is hard work walking the horses up and down the hilly route.
Do take your rain coat with you cos half way through it was raining (typical during summer months) although it was not very heavy.

Date of experience: July 2014
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

So I had originally planned to spend multiple days visiting jiuzhaigou national park, but after paying the fee for one day was not interested in having to pay the same price again(wished the ticket was multi day like zhangjiajie). Anyways since I was here the hostel recommended a trip to Zhongcha village which is an authentic tibetan village completely different from the town. I didn't do the horseback ride just went wandering around the village.

Date of experience: August 2013
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