JIuzhaigou Valleys

Discover the most beautiful National Park in China: Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, in the most beautiful time of the year in China.

In addition to the stunning landscapes that it offers, Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong also provide unique insights into the rich culture of Tibet. The boundaries of ‘Historical Tibet’, as it is often referred to, include the northern part of Yunnan, all of Qinghai (or “Amdo”), Gansu (a part of the Silk Road) and part of Northern Sichuan (where these two parks are located). Here you will be able to witness turquoise and emerald green lakes, hike atop mountain summits, walk through the vivid changing leaves of Jiuzhaigou National Park, and trek to the fairy-tale-like Yellow Dragon Temple in Huanglong. This package truly allows you and your loved ones to be immersed in the wonders of nature, in one of the  most awe-inspiring regions of China. 



HuangLong National Park
HuangLong National Park
Rhinoceros Lake
Rhinoceros Lake
Rhinoceros Lake in the winter
Rhinoceros Lake in the winter
Shenxian Chi pool
Shenxian Chi pool
Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou
Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou

Day 1 - Shanghai/Chengdu/Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou, Arrival in Jiuzhaigou

After arrival at Huanglong airport, you will be welcome by our local guide, who will then help assist you on your hotel transfer. (This transfer will take about 90 minutes to reach).


第一天:上海——成都——黄龙——九寨沟 到达九寨沟


Day 2 - Jiuzhaigou (Altitude: 2000m) (B)

This entire day will be concentrated around your visit to the Jiuzhaigou national park, which means “the valley of nine villages”, referring to the Tibetan villages that reside in the park.

Jiuzhaigou is known for its lakes in which tree trunks bathe in the vivid turquoise, navy blue, or emerald green waters, depending on the season. While the temperatures are more clement between April and October, the autumn spectacle of golden and red leaves on the trees is too breathe-taking to miss. The same could be said for the winter that follows, with its mesmerizing crystalized pinecones, crisp air, and the snow-covered mountains that take over this landscape.

You will be able to take a ride on one of the new “eco-busses” that will freely whisk you around the park all day. You will also be able to see the famous Shuzheng Lakes, Tiger Lake, and Rhinoceros Lake, as well as several small waterfalls.

第二天:九寨沟旅游(含早餐  海拔:2000m)



From here, you will head to the southern leg of the park by bus. Located here are the Five Colour Pond, named for the abundance of colors in the pond, and the Long Lake with its backdrop of snow-topped mountains.

Finally, you will head to the southwestern area of the park. Here, you will visit the Nuorilang waterfalls, Pearl Shoal and Five Flower Lake, which many consider to be themost beautiful part of the park. 

You will also have the opportunity to visit The Primeval Forest, which features the majestic Ganzigongai that stands an amazing 4500m, and is the highest mountain in the park. After you are finished, you will then return to the hotel, where you will have the option to get a relaxing foot massage, based on the techniques of reflexology.



Day 3 - Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong (Altitude 3200 - 3700m)

After breakfast, you will take a 3-hour journey to Huanglong National Park. On the way to the park you will pass through various Tibetan villages, giving you insight into the daily lives of the people in this beautiful region.

Once at the park, you will hike though a pine forest. On the hike, you will see a series of  incredible turquoise, yellow, and emerald green limestone ponds. After about a 2-hour trek, or on an optional cable-car ride, you will then make it to the visually stunning mountain summit.

As you continue to hike, you will make it to the fairy-tale-like Yellow Dragon Temple (built during the Ming Dynasty and combining both Buddhist and Taoist idols). After admiring this, you will take a transfer to Huanglong airport and fly to your next destination. 





Jiuzhaigo Valley
Jiuzhaigou Valley
Rhinoceros Lake
Rhinoceros Lake
Dujiangyan irrigation project
Dujiangyan irrigation project
Samantabhadra Mount Emei
Samantabhadra Mount Emei
Mount Emei
Mount Emei

Day 1: Chengdu arrival         (-)

Welcome by your local guide and transfer to the hotel.




Night in Chengdu

Day 2: Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou / Huanglong (altitude 3200 - 3700m)    (B)


Arrival at Huanglong airport. Welcome by your local guide and transfer to the hotel.

Journey to the Huanglong National Park, which literally means “Yellow Dragon” (it should take around 3 hours to reach, depending on traffic). You will pass through various typical Tibetan villages en route and providing the weather is good you can take in the magnificent landscape of mountains bathing in seas of clouds. 

The main area of the park is an ascent though a pine forest passing by incredibly beautiful turquoise, yellow and emerald green limestone ponds (there are nearly 700 in the park in total). There are several viewing platforms located along the route of the walk, all made of wooden logs. It should take around two hours to reach the summit, and the same again to come back down.
Your hard work will be rewarded when you arrive in the somewhat unreal, fantastical setting of the Yellow Dragon Temple (built during the Ming Dynasty and combining both Buddhist and Taoist idols) and get to see the Five Colour Lake overlooked by the Xuebao peak (5800m). 






Night at Fan Yun Hotel

Day 3: Jiuzhaigou     (B)

The entire day will be consecrated to the visit of the Jiuzhaigou national park, which means “the valley of nine villages”, all of which are Tibetan. 

Part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Project, Jiuzhaigou is known for its lakes in which tree trunks bathe, seemingly preferring to uproot and soak in their heavenly waters, as if hypnotised by the pallet of colour changing from turquoise to navy blue to emerald green… While the temperatures are more clement between April and October, the autumn spectacle of golden and red leaves on the trees is exceptional. The winter that follows seems like a fairy tale as pine cones turn to crystal and the snow takes on the intense blue of the lakes.
When the sky is cloudless the backdrop of the eternally snowy mountains completes this natural artwork.

The site is an example of an increasingly popular vision for eco-tourism in China, and the park authorities have undertaken the important project of raising awareness of this. An effective network of “eco-busses” freely whisks guests around the park and provides a good option to walking. The running order of the visit has been refined to make best use of your day, but it can be changed completely if you so wish.

The main places of interest in the park are arranged in the shape of an upside-down Y. Each leg of the Y represents a valley, and our departure point will be from the most northern point. You will go down to the centre of the Y (on foot or by bus) to see the Shuzheng Lakes, Tiger Lake and Rhinoceros Lake, as well as several small waterfalls.
From the centre we will head to the southern leg (this time we will go by bus as the distance is a little long for walking if we wish to cover all the major sites in one day). Located here are the Five Colour Pond, undoubtedly offering the most intense colours of the site, and the Long Lake with its backdrop of snow-topped mountains.
The final part, therefore, is to the south-western leg of the Y to visit the Nuorilang waterfalls, Pearl Shoal and Five Flower Lake, which many consider to be the most beautiful part of the park.

If time permits you will visit The Primeval Forest, dominated by the majestic Ganzigongai, which at 4500m is the highest mountain in the park. Return to the hotel.

Night at Fan Yun Hotel








Day 4: Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu   (B)

Half day at leisure

Fly back to Chengdu 

Night in Chengdu



Day 5: Chengdu (B)

Dujiangyan, is an irrigation infrastructure built in 256 BC during the Warring States period of China by the State of Qin. It is located in the Min River in Sichuan, China, near the capital Chengdu. It is still in use today to irrigate over 5,300 square kilometres of land in the region. The Dujiangyan along with the Zhengguo Canal in Shaanxi and the Lingqu Canal in Guangxi are known as “The three great hydraulic engineering projects of the Qin dynasty”.

After the system was finished, no more floods occurred. The irrigation made Sichuan the most productive agricultural place in China. On the east side of Dujiangyan, people built a shrine in remembrance of Li Bing.Li Bing’s construction is also credited with giving the people of the region a laid-back attitude to life; by eliminating disaster and ensuring a regular and bountiful harvest, it has left them with plenty of free time.





Today, Dujiangyan has become a major tourist attraction. It is also admired by scientists from around the world, because of one feature. Unlike contemporary dams where the water is blocked with a huge wall, Dujiangyan still lets water go through naturally. Modern dams do not let fish go through very well, since each dam is a wall and the water levels are different. In 2000, Dujiangyan became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

See face change Sichuan Opera
China has an abundance of 1,300 local operas. Sichuan opera is one of the China1s oldest local operas and is popular in Sichuan province and some regions of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. It is the most significant and most interesting opera form from Southwestern China. As a stage entertain-ment, it conveys the idea of time and space to the audience through performances. the opera is characterized by its unique solo singing, refined acting, rich percussion and irresistibly funny come-dians. Sichuan opera also displays its unique skills: the changing faces, spitting fire, and rolling light. Numerous Sichuan opera troupes are active throughout the province, both in the countryside and in the cities. The troupes in Chengdu are rate artistically top level.

the face changing, or "bianlian" in Chinese, is an important intangible cultural heritage in China. only a few masters have grasped this skill. they know how to change Sichuan opera masks in magically quick succession. As they flourish their arms and twist their heads, their painted masks change again and again and again.

Face changing got its start 300 years ago. At the beginning opera masters changed the color of their face during performances by blowing into a bowl of red, black or gold powder. the powder would adhere to their oiled skin quickly. In another method ,actors would smear their faces with colored paste concealed in the palms of their hands.

By the 1920s,opera masters began using layers of masks made of oiled paper or dried pig bladder. the masters could peel one after another in the blink of an eye.At present the masters use the full face,painted silk mask. they can be worn in layers, as much as two-dozen thick,and be pulled off one by one.

Night in Chengdu







Day 6: Chengdu    (B)

Departure for Leshan, located around 200 km/125 miles away and taking nearly 3 hours to reach dependant on traffic. You will see here the largest Buddha statue in the world, carved into the side of a cliff more than 1200 ago to calm the anger of the Min River, which had inflicted floods upon the locals and mariners. The Giant Buddha, as it is commonly known, measure in at 71m (231ft) high and 28m (92ft) wide – truly a stone giant! You can get up close to its face to admire its 7m (23ft) long ears, while taking the stairs down will let you get a real taste for the scale of this piece of art and will take you near to the toes, which alone measure 8.5m (28ft) high.

Optionally: you can also admire the Giant Buddha from the Min River, on board a boat intended for this purpose. Consult us if you are interested.

You will then take a pleasant forest track through the Oriental Buddha Park, dotted with some small temples, thousands of small statues and the gargantuan artwork that is a lying-down Buddha which is over 170m long (558ft) and which is, amongst similar works, the most impressive in the world.

You will then take a pleasant forest track through the Oriental Buddha Park, dotted with some small temples, thousands of small statues and the gargantuan artwork that is a lying-down Buddha which is over 170m long (558ft) and which is, amongst similar works, the most impressive in the world.

Journey on to Emeishan, taking around 2 hours to cover the approximately 80km (50 miles) that separates these two sites.

Night in Emei Mountain

Day 7: Chengdu departure       (B,L)

During the 6th century AD, Emei Mountain was associated with Puxian (Samanthabara for Indians), a Bodhisattva often represented by a white elephant with six tusks.
The site is one of the four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China and is still a major place of pilgrimage today. Most of its temples and monasteries date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1644 and 1644-1911 respectively), and they are linked by more than 50km (31 miles) of stairs and mountain pathways.
You will alternate between walking, bus and cable-car over the course of the day in order to best discover the major temples and the pine forest, usually shrouded in a magical haze. You will probably also see Tibetan macaques along the route, but it is advisable not to feed them, or produce anything (such as a plastic bag) that looks like it may contain food, or indeed anything that looks like food if you do see them. This is the only way to be sure to avoid paying the fees of passage imposed by these increasingly gourmet monkeys!

You will be taken with your guide by bus to the Baoguo Temple (literally “proclamation of the Nation”). It is located outside the heart of a beautiful garden and is known for its porcelain Buddha, made in the famous imperial furnaces of Jingdezhen.

Transfer by bus then cable-car to the Wannian Temple (literally “ten thousand years”, an expression that means “longevity” in Chinese) which is the oldest temple on Emei Mountain. There you can admire a bronze statue of Puxian on a white elephant that weighs more than 62 tonnes…

Optionally: depending on the climate and your walking ability we recommend you take a walk (4km/2.5 miles back from the Wannian temple) that will deliver you to the Pavilion of Pure Sound, suspended on a promontory encircled by the Black Dragon and White Dragon Rivers which turn into a waterfall whose sound gives its name to the Pavilion.

Back to Chengdu by road (around 190km/120 miles, taking between 3 and 4 hours depending on the traffic).








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