Sichuan - Jiuzhaigou Hiking Tour

Jiuzhaigou 03 : 8 Days of Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Songpan-Huanglong - Songpan - Roergai - Hongyuan - Miyaluo - Guergou - Taoping - Chengdu
The golden time to hike through this itinerary is during October. The long distance bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou is available at New South Gate bus station at 8:00 every morning. It takes around CNY95.00 net per person for the ticket. After 10 hours journey time, you will arrive in Jiuzhaigou at dawn. Stay at the Shuzhengzhai Youth Hostel, which located at the entrance of Jiuzhaigou and have economical room rate from CNY60 to CNY100 net per person per night.

In the following two days, you need to fully prepare yourselves in order to have enough strength to explore the fairyland. You are suggested to visit the Shuzheng Valley first, which is a main tourist route of Jiuzhaigou Valley. The other day you may hike in the Rize Valley. If you are a strong-bodied person, you are suggested to hike to the Nuorilang waterfall hostel from the entrance, and then take the sightseeing bus. In this case, you could appreciate the daedal scenery. The sightseeing buses are available from Nuorilang to to every sites. Please make notes about the bus schedule time before your departure in order to avoid any unexpected. For example, the last bus from Nuorilang out of the valley is at 19:00.
Scenery of Ruoergai
Take a bus from Jiuzhaigou bus station to Songpan. The bus tickets is CNY25.00 net per preson. Appreciating the wonderful prairie sights along the Min River, you will arrive at Songpan ancient town two hours later. Wandering along the small ancient town and stay at the local guest house.
You can easily find the bus to Huanglong at the Songpan County Coach station. Upon arrival in Huanglong, you will see many attractions including Xishen (washing body) Cave, Penjing (miniascape) Ponds, Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Temple and Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Cave along the valley. Get back to Songpan. 
In the sixth day, you need to get up early and catch the bus to Roergai and get off at Waqie. At Waqie you need to connect another bus to Hongyuan. The journey is about 225 km and the bus tickets is more than CNY50.00 net per person. Here we recommend a cozy and economical hotel for you. Hongyuan Hotel, the contact number is 0837-2662241. The mysterious Hongyuan prairie is famous for the elegent grassland and abundant culture of Tibetan minority.

Hongyuan named after the Red Army marching across the grassland. The everglade, snow mountain and the virgin forest will catch your eyes.
Miyaluo Scenic Area
As most buses in Aba area depart in the early morning, the bus departs from Hongyuan to Chengdu at 6:00. You will get off at Miyaluo about 10:30. Miyaluo is located in the north of Sichuan Province, Lixian County, part of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, which is 138 km far from Chengdu. As the meaning of its name indicates in Tibetan, the amused place, Miyaluo has been blessed with the captivating red smoke tree leaves area, the Guergou hotspring penetrated to your heart and the unique primitive ecological area. You may stay at Miyaluo or Guergou as you prefered. The Miyaluo Hotel is the most economical hotel with comparatively better facilities there. The contact number is 0837-6831138. In Guergou, we suggest you stay at the Guergou Hotspring Resort, which is much popular among travelers to enjoy the hotspring after long time hiking. You can call them on 0837-6838888 to get more details.

Take bus from Guergou to Taoping Qiangzhai to appreciate the custom and life of the Qiang Minority people, where the ancient architecture of Qiang Minority is well preserved. Continue taking the bus back to Chengdu. The bus ticket is about CNY40.00 per person. About 6 hours later, you will arrive in Chengdu.
Questions & Answers
Asked by Mark from SINGAPORE | Mar. 14, 2017 00:25Reply
Huanglong - Transport from Jiuzhaigou in April?
According the the official Jiuzhaigou website

The bus to Huanglong from Jiuzhaigou only operates from May - Oct. Is this correct?

If so, what are my options to travel to Huanglong? I intend to take the bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. Prefer to visit Jiuzhaigou first and on the last full day we have to visit Huanglong.

Answers (1)
Answered by Lee | Mar. 17, 2017 19:58

I never heard about it. The ticket should be prebooked one day beforehand. If there is no bus, you may also hire a car to Huanglong.
Asked by Peter Mok from SINGAPORE | Feb. 14, 2017 03:05Reply
I intend to visit JZK in October for the autumn scenery.
Should I go in early October or late October to avoid the crowds.
I intend to spend about 8 days around the Chengdu area, what are the most popular places to go and by what transportation. I am travelling with my wife. Thank You.
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Answered by Kelly | Feb. 14, 2017 18:52

You are not suggested to travel in early October as it is the China National Holiday and there will be extremely crowded with domestic travelers at the sites. You can visit in mid-October or late October to avoid the big crowds. The main sites in Chengdu is Giant Panda Breeding Base, Broad and Narrow Alleys, Sanxingdui Museum, Jinsha Site Museum, etc. Other most visited places around are Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Leshan and Emei Mountain.

You can take flight or bus (8-9 hours) from Chengdu to JZG. Stay there for two days and get back to CD. Then take high speed train or regular bus (at Xinnanmen Bus Station) to Leshan and then head to Emei Mountain by bus. Hope this information is helpful.
Asked by JAMESZKZ | Aug. 10, 2016 01:55Reply
5 Days Chengdu Solo Trip
Hi. I'm planning to visit Chengdu in November for 5 days. I would like to visit Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Huanglong, and Jiuzhaigou in those 5 days. I will start my trip from Chengdu on day 1 and will end back to Chengdu on day 5. Any advice on how I should plan my itinerary? Please provide detail on transportation and travel time.

I was thinking of the following itinerary but not sure if it's do-able.
Day 1 - Chengdu to Mount Qingcheng then to Dujiangyan Irrigation System; stay overnight at Dujiangyan.
Day 2 - Dujiangyan to Jiuzhaigou; stay overnight at Jiuzhaigou.
Day 3 - Jiuzhaigou all day; stay overnight at Jiuzhaigou.
Day 4 - Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong; stay overnight at Huanglong.
Day 5 - Huanglong to Chengdu.

Is the above itinerary do-able? If so, what kind of transportation can accommodate this?
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Answered by Carol | Aug. 14, 2016 20:08

Yes, the itinerary is doable. But if you stay overnight in Dujiangyan, the only way to Jiuzhaigou is by bus, which may take 8-10 hours and there is only four buses each day. If you go back to Chengdu, you can also choose flight to Jiuzhaigou besides bus.
Asked by Lie Sumitro from INDONESIA | Jul. 25, 2016 22:52Reply
Chengdu-Jiuzhaigou-Leshan-Beijing best route
Hai, which best route to spend from Chengdu to Beijing include visiting JZG and Leshan in Oct 12-18? Which transportation suitable with budget and time? Thanks
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Answered by Wong | Jul. 26, 2016 01:29

Hi, you can take flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou and fly back, then take the public bus to Leshan. After finishing visiting in Sichuan, you can take flight from Chengdu to Beijing. I think it is the most convenient way.
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