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How long does it take (at a gentle stroll) to walk the Western trail (to Swan Lake) and the Eastern trail (to Long Lake & Five-colored Pool)?
If you were limited in time, are any of the trails more recommended than others?
Why walk? If you're in a hurry, take advantage of the in-park shuttle buses.
The two trails are both very long way but the Western trail has more scenic place (stop and walk and see the secne may take you half day for this trial). You could walk from Swan Lake to Nuorilang and take bus up to the Long Lake. (It may take you two hours to just walk up from Nuroilang to Long Lake.
If you only have one day, walk half day for the Western Trail, take bus to Long Lake, see the Five-colour pool, take bus to the Shuzheng village and then walk down for southern trail.