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4 Days Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Tour

Attention: From Mar. 8th, 2018 to Mar. 7th, 2019, partial scenic area of Jiuzhai Valley National Park reopens to the public after the earthquake on Aug. 8th 2017. But it sells no more than 2,000 tickets a day. Nevertheless, travel in Chengdu and its surrounding areas continues as usual.
4 Days Independent Tour to Chengdu - Songpan - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu
Day 1 Chengdu - Songpan
Songpan Ancient Town
Today you should get up earlier and take subway line 2 or bus no. 4, 62, 82, 86, 310, 338, 341, 716, and 805 to Chadianzi Bus Station. Take the long-distance bus to Songpan at 07:20. The ticket fee is CNY109. It is better to book the bus ticket online in advance if you travel during the peak season. The whole bus journey takes seven to eight hours. En route, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the Minjiang river valley. Find a seat on the right side of the bus for the best view.

Upon arrival, you may visit the Ancient Town of Songpan. This small plateau town will give you a new experience with a unique mix of Chinese and Tibetan style. There are a lot of colorful stores in the town and you may have a dinner to taste the local specialties. Find a clean and comfortable hostel for overnight.
Day 2 Songpan - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou
This morning, take a taxi to reach Songpan Country Bus station and catch the bus to Huanglong at 07:00. The bus ticket fee is CNY29 and it takes around two hours to reach Huanglong Scenic area. The entrance fee is CNY200 in peak season (April 1st to November 15th) and CNY60 in low season (November 16th to the next March 31st). Huanglong is famous for its colorful lakes, snow-capped mountains, valleys and virgin forest. The best way to enjoy this area is to take the cable car (CNY80) to the top and slowly make your way downhill along the wooden walkway. You will pass many beautiful sceneries and landscapes. The best time to visit there is autumn when the water is at the peak.

In the afternoon, continue to Jiuzhaigou by bus. The last bus departs from Huanglong at 15:00. You could also carpool a car to Jiuzhaigou at a cost of approximate CNY200. After around one hour, you will arrive at Jiuzhaigou valley. Find a hotel or hostel near the entrance of the park to stay overnight. Popular hotels, hostels and inns are usually full during the peak season, so you would better book in advance.
Day 3 Jiuzhaigou
Jiuzhai Valley
Today you should plan the whole day touring on Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park. Please remember wearing comfortable walking shoes with adequate warm clothing as temperature variation is great. You would better go to the park earlier in the morning before the busy crowds. The entrance fee is CNY220 in peak season (Apr1 to Nov 15) and CNY80 in low season (Nov 16 to Mar 31). It is advisable to hop on and off the tourist buses to visit the various peaks. The bus fee is CNY90 in summer and CNY80 in winter for each person. However, there are still plenty of walks to see waterfalls and blue clear pools with snow-capped mountain backdrops. As ascending high up, you could easily get out of breath, but the mind-blowing scenery is worth the tiredness and sore feet. There is one lunch restaurant and some food stalls inside the spot.

It is recommended to visit during the months of autumn for best view, but also for big crowds. The opening hour is 08:00 - 19:00 in peak season and 08:30 - 18:00 in low season. After finishing the tour, head to Jiuzhaigou Passenger Transport Station to purchase the return bus ticket to Chengdu for the next day. The ticket fee is CNY155. Go back to your hotel and have a good night.
Day 4 Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu
In the morning, take bus back to Chengdu. It takes about 10-11 hours.
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