Jiuzhaigou is a nature reserve and a national park in China. It is an endearing UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the star attractions in China.
Located in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou Valley is a famous tourist attraction in China. This valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Spectacular waterfalls, ethereal lakes, and snow-capped peaks transform Jiuzhaigou into a veritable fairyland that seems to have sprung out straight from the pages of fairy tale. Let us take a peep into this fairyland and be swept away by its hypnotic beauty.
This place is embellished with pristine lakes with water crystal clear and silvery. Some alpine lakes in here, such as Changhai Lake and Panda Lake, are so clear that the bottom of the lake bed is can be clearly seen through the water.The verdant water plants in the lake sway with the waves as if they are serenading the waters. Branches of old trees which have sunk in the lake seem to be covered with a green carpet of moss. . Colourful fishes swim in the pristine waters of the lake, presenting a beautiful spectacle. The reflection of the blue sky, white and fluffy clouds, swaying trees, and mountain peaks create a virtual painting on the canvas of the lake which is exquisite to behold.
The water in here is not only crystal clear and clean, but also assumes myriad colours. The water in Five Color Pond and Five Flower Lake is a kaleidoscope of colours, turquoise, jade green, flaming red, light yellow, pink and pale orange paint a riot of colours in the water. The water also transforms into different colours with the changing seasons and time. You may be presented with different hues of the water at different times on the same day.
The water metamorphoses into spectacular form in the shape of waterfalls. The Nuorilang and Pearl waterfalls are a case in point here. The thunderous sound of the waters of the Nuirilang waterfall can be heard even before you set eyes on it. When you finally reach the waterfalls, you will be greeted with a splash of water with drops, the size of soybeans. The spectacle that greets you is awe inspiring. The waterfall seems to hang like a majestic white curtain. Pearl Waterfall is another spectacular waterfalls in here. The sound of the cascading waters touches the soul with its majestic roar.-stirring. The water cascades onto the rocks, turning into a billion pearls that scurry down the ravines.
Jiuzhaigou Water in Different Seasons
Water transforms into different forms according to the seasons You are sure to have an experience of a lifetime when you visit Jiuzhaigou, an enchanting place.
Abundant Water of Jiuzhaigou in Summer
Summer over here is the season when rains descend on the earth. The water is abundant and results in a spectacular waterfall. The alpine lakes are also full to the brim with water and their beauty transcends the very realms of imagination as they reflect the lush green beauty of this place. The summer heat is also kept at bay by the wonder of water cascading down slopes and flowing placidly in the lakes.
Frozen Water in Winter
Come winter, some of the lakes and waterfalls freeze in this place, and the water crystallizes into natural ice sculptures that hang intriguingly on the cliffs in myriad shapes. Thin currents flow into creeks with a mellifluous sound. The ice on the blue lakes presents a changing mosaic that resembles a network of veins as the temperature varies from sunrise to sunset. This place seems transformed into a fairyland of snow and crystals.
Melted Water in Spring
In spring, this splendid place starts to come to life. The ice melts, the water rises and the plants grow. But the frozen lake does not melt completely. There is still thin ice on the surface of the lake and the lake is translucent. The flowing water under the ice is faintly visible. In the warm sunshine, the colorful lake reflects dazzling and beautiful light.
Get to Jiuzhaigou Valley from Chengdu
Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province, is usually the gateway to Jiuzhaigou. You can either get to this place from Chengdu by flight or by bus. And after the Chengdu-Lanzhou High-speed railway is built in 2019, tourists can also take a high-speed train from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. Also, as the hometown of the Giant Pandas, Chengdu is the best place to enjoy a Panda tour during which you can closely see the lovely creatures and even do a panda volunteer job in the panda base.
Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Flight
The most convenient way to get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu is by flight. There are about two to three direct flights between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou every day. It only takes about 50 minutes from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport. And the Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport is just about 87 km away from Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and 55 kilometers from Huanglong National Park. You can easily get to those attractions by local taxi or shuttle bus from the airport.
Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Road
Most tourists choose to travel to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu by road as it is a cheaper option. The distance between Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou is about 430 kilometers. It takes 6-7 hours to get to this place by car. Generally, a 4-day Jiuzhaigou tour from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by bus/car is recommended for tourists who are visiting the place for the first time.
On the first day, you depart from Chengdu and arrive at Jiuzhaigou in the afternoon. You can enjoy a full day trip in Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area on the second day. The third day is for you to explore the nearby Huanglong National Park. It is suggested to stay overnight at Chuanzhusi Town, so that you can easily catch a bus back to Chengdu or get to Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport without traffic jams on the fourth day.
The wonderland called Jiuzhaigou with its incredible natural beauty is sure to bewitch you with its surreal beauty and draw you to its bosom again and again.
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