Located in the far northeast of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhai Valley National Park (Jiuzhaigou) lies isolated from other cities in the province. For many people, how to get to Jiuzhaigou is a big problem. However, Jiuhuang Airport mainly serving Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong National Scenic Reserve as well as the road link between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou have meant that the journey to Jiuzhaigou has become a great deal easier for today's visitors.
Chengdu remains the starting point for visitors to Jiuzhaigou, as there are only a few of direct planes or long-distance bus service to the region from elsewhere within China.
Jiuhuang Airport (JZH) is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away to the north of Chuanzhusi Town, which is located in Songpan County of the Aba Autonomous Prefecture. Passengers can take flight to this airport from Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai in usual time. However, the flight schedules are decreased a lot because of the Jiuzhaigou Earthquake on Aug. 8th 2017. Only direct flights to/from Chengdu and Chongqing are available currently. Visitors are advised to recheck the flight schedule or postpone the travel plans there.
Huanglong Reserve was not affected and open as usual. After arriving at Jiuhuang Airport, visitors can take shuttle buses to Huanglong Reserve, and some of other local scenic spots. The departure time of the shuttle buses generally runs in accordance with the flight schedule.
As of now, there is no direct train to/from Jiuzhai Valley. Passengers can only take trains to Guangyuan or Jiangyou first and then change to a bus to arrive at the destination, but it is rather inconvenient. It is reported that Jiuzhaigou Railway Station will be put into service by the end of 2019 along with the operation of Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou Train. By then, the travel between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou will be very convenient and rail travel just takes 2 hours or so.
There are two long-distance bus stations in Jiuzhaigou currently. Most long-distance buses depart in the early morning and arrive at dawn, and now even provide a service throughout the winter months. Traveling by bus can also help with gradual acclimatization to the local high altitudes (it is recommended that those prone to altitude sickness take appropriate medication before departure).
Some visitors prefer to drive there by themselves or hire a car. The advantage is that visitors can plan their journey freely without too many limitations. However, unless they are skilled drivers, it is recommended to hire someone who is familiar with the local conditions, since some sections of the road are hazardous and especially dangerous at night. They can hire a car with a driver at Jiuhuang Airport and go to Huanglong National Scenic Reserve. However, if they prefer to travel independently, it is possible to hire a car when they arrive in Chengdu or Mianyang. The whole route can then be catered to their interests. Below is the reference price for chartered car:
|Route||Price (Single Trip)|
|Jiuhuang Airport - Huanglong||CNY300|
|Jiuhuang Airport - Mounigou Valley||CNY300|
|Chengdu - Huanglong||CNY1,500|
1. Drivers do not speak English, so it is recommended to have a friend who can speak Chinese. Or visitors can learn some Chinese before going there.
2. Make sure to bargain for a reasonable price with the driver before getting in the car.
Sightseeing buses provided in Jiuzhai Valley brings lots of convenience for visitors. These buses start from the entrance gate of the valley and stop at main attraction sites inside the valley. A round trip inside the valley usually takes about 130 minutes. Tourists need to buy bus tickets at the entrance gate. Since the reopening after the earthquake, the bus fare is CNY 90. Besides, two kinds of buses are provided: the larger buses can only be taken at designated stations and the medium-size ones can be taken at any place along its travel route.
Most hotels and restaurants still located at areas which still have a distance from the main entrance of the valley. The flag-down rate of the taxis in Jiuzhaigou County is CNY4-6 for the first 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) due to the different car types. Only a few drivers would use the taximeter. Thus it is quite necessary to negotiate the price before boarding. Usually shuttling in the county and near the valley costs no more than CNY10.
Reference Taxi Fare:
Jiuhuang Airport – Huanglong Scenic Area: CNY600-700 for a single trip
Chengdu –Huanglong Scenic Area: about CNY1, 500 for a single trip
If tourists would like to get closer to the charming scenery in the Jiuzhai Valley, then walking provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Local officials have introduced a footpath for visitors that winds its way around Jiuzhaigou's major attractions, like a necklace stringing together a series of spectacular sceneries. The eco-friendly wooden trails are extending for over 70 kilometers (44 miles). Mountain climbers are advised to take professional climbing equipments and walk along the main footpath.
My tour plan:
1. I will get on the bus from Chengdu to Songpan and stay night.
2. I get on the bus to Huanglong early morning around 6:00.
3. After Huanglong sighting, how can I get back to Songpan? There indirect any the bus.
I’m waiting for someone helping me.