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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2014
Travel from Jiuzhaigou to Zigong

We will be travelling in September and would like to know the best way to get to Zigong from Jiuzhaigou.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2012
ChengXu and Jiuzhaigou  (3 Answers)

I have booked 2 and a half days in Chengdu. But on reading the forum I feel that I am missing out on the spectacular Jiuzhaigou. I have 3 days in Xi'an. I am wondering if it is worth changing flights to get an extra day in Jiuzhaigou and if it is viable to see the Pandas, Leshan and E.shan mountain in 3 days. Or am I being too ambitious.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2011
Hailuogou Glacier Park + Yanzigou

Hi VTers,

Will be in Chengdu again late Oct, family of 3 (4YO) want to explore other places - max 5 days.

Looking at Hailuogou glaciers, snow mountain & highland forests, seems less tiring than Zhangjiajie (less crowded i think? coz can't stand the noisiness of local tourists with packaged tour)

Is Hailuogou worth visiting? Comparable to NZ's Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers?
Yanzigou - anyone tried horse riding / camping there?

Welcome any comments and suggestions. (been to JZG, Emei, Leshan)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2011
Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong  (3 Answers)

In September 2011, my mother and I are planning a return trip to China. One of the stops on our itinerary is Chengdu. I understand that Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong are areas we should also visit, but I want the most updated info on how to visit. If Chengdu is our base to return to, is it easy enough to book a flight or a bus ticket to JZG and HL? Are there buses and taxis available to take us to each scenic site (HL being the last on the list)? How easy is it to find a taxi or bus waiting at HL at the end of our visit to go back to JZG airport? Average taxi cost? Lastly, getting off the plane in JZG, will the altitude affect us immediately? If we only stay 2-3 nights, how bad are the symptoms (older females)? Please and thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2010
Tibetan experience in Sichuan  (1 Answer)

Hello there! Me, a Dutch (m) traveler with his Korean companion (f) are in Chengdu, only to find out that traveling in Tibet is ridiculously overpriced and unattractive because of the group tours you have to be part of. Because we are not incredibly wealthy we are looking for a way to get the 'full Tibetan experience in Sichuan. Any recommendations?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2010
Chengdu & JiuZhaiGou  (5 Answers)


If you are familiar with this area, would appreciate some advice.
(1) Is a one-day visit to Jiuzhaigou (as in entering the park) the norm and is that sufficient?
(2) Is the road to JZG safe at the moment? I'm heading for Chengdu next Wednesday (9th June) and hope to travel there. I'll be going from Mianzhu (near mianyang) but a contact there says the road's no good. However, a friend had travelled there in Dec last year by road and it seemed okay then. Wondering if its a recent development.
(3) is it a good idea to book with one of the local tours for JZG? It seems that makes it a four-day trip including a visit to Huanglong?

Appreciate any tips, and thanks for your time!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2010
tagong or danba  (1 Answer)


I am planing my trip from Litang to go to tagong or danba. After this I have to go to chengdu.

Any advise?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2009
Rongchag Tibetan village, Garze  (2 Answers)

has anyone visited this place?

hope someone can recommend an operator to set me up with a Tibetan guide, and transport.

Looks like access is from Danba county town (if you can read Chinese, see link below)

also what the best time for red autumn foliage would be (late october? November?)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2009
Self-travel-Hailuogou  (2 Answers)

Can anyone tell me how to get to Hailuogou, preferably by public transport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2009
Chengdu/jiuzhaigou/hailougou  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone,

will someone please advise if it is worthwhile to visit Hailougou in Sep ? We had seen quite a it of glazier in US and Europe, so thinking of whether to go ?

I hope someone can recommend some reliable
Hi all Vt members,

Will someone plese advise if it is worthwile to visit Hailougou in Sep ? we had seen quite abit of glaziers in Europe.

Can someone please recommend us reliable travel agents.

Thank you and hope to have some advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2009
Is Yading nature park in sichuan open?  (2 Answers)

Hi There,
My trip to yunnan/sichuan is confirmed in the month of october.
I'm planning to visit daocheng/yading. Is yading open to visitors in october?

What is the best time to go there, early october or mid october? I would like to see the autumn vistas with yellow/red leaves.

My route will be from zhongdian to daocheng to yading and backtrack to kunming.
I'm heading to yuanyang after kunming.

I understand that there's some sights to visit along the route from daocheng to litang/kangding and chengdu but it seems that this route will take up more days.

Any reply is great, tks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2008
Looking for local to help with travel to Luzhou in Sichuan province  (3 Answers)

I'm planning on travelling to Hejiang county in Luzhou and would like to find someone who can help me set up my itinerary. My ultimate goal will be to visit some agricultural areas and meet some official contacts to help me with questions regarding a possible agricultural venture in that area.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2008
Jiu Zhai Gou  (8 Answers)

Is traveling to Jiu Zhai Gou need to bring special oxygen especially for eldery people?
What do we need or to prepare before we travel there?
Thank You,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2008
Snowing in Chengdu  (3 Answers)

Is Chengdu still snowing ?
I will be travel to Chengdu next week.
Where is the best place to go at this season.

Thanks for info.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2007
7 days in Chengdu  (13 Answers)

Hi I am going to Chengdu on 2 Dec 07 and leave on 9 Dec 07. I need to attend 2 days seminar there, it will leave me with 5 days to explore Chengdu. I did have my own plan out as well as contacted the local travel agent for advice and quote, however the cost wasnt low.
Thats why would like to seek HELP HELP here... stated below was my plan during my stay in Chengdu...
Sunday ~ 2 Dec 2007
2pm Arrive airport
4pm Wuhouci temple
Dufu's Thatched Cottage
Jinli Old Street (either today or 8 Dec 07)

Monday ~ 3 Dec 2007
7am Leaving hotel to Panda reserve (feeding time is 8am) 25min from Shangri-La Hotel
8am-10am Visit Panda reserve and photo taking ~ Admission
Visit Panda reserve and photo taking ~ Photo Taking with Red Panda
Photo taking alongside Giant Panda (optional ~ RMB 400)
10am - 12pm Travel to Sanxingdui ruins & Lunch
1pm - 3pm Sanxingdui museum
3pm - 4pm Chengdu downtown
4pm - nite Free & easy

Tue/Wed ~ 4/5 Dec 2007
6pm-9pm Shopping/Dinner around Zongfu road / Chunxi Road (Shangri-La Hotel)

Extended tour:
Thurs ~ 6 Dec 2007
7.30am Check out and check in at hotel OR may keep luggage at Shangri-La Hotel
9am - 11am Leaving to Leshan (apprx 2hrs) then take Bus#3 from Leshan to Dafo
10.00am - 1pm Leshan& Lunch (ferry)
1pm - 2pm Emei Shan(28km from Leshan City) Bus
2pm-4pm Emai Shan (entrance RMB120, Buses up to near top RMB40)
5 / 6pm Back to Chengdu / collect luggage at Shangri-La Hotel
Hotel ( Wenjun Mansion)

Friday ~ 7 Dec 2007
8am-10am Leaving Chengdu (appro 2 to 3 hrs to reach Xiling Mt.)
1 Day + Night Xi Ling snow mountain (西 岭 雪 山)
To Huashuiwan ~ HotSpring Bathing & overnite
(Hotel at Chengdu for Luggage)

I know the QUESTION was "slightly" long.. however, really want to seek HELP .... whether my plan workable? too rush? PLEASE HELP

Saturday ~ 8 Dec 2007
8am-10am Leaving Xi Ling to Dujiangyan / Mt Qing Cheng
10am - 1pm Mt Qing Cheng with lunch
1pm - 2pm Travel to Dujiangyan (17km from Mt Qing Cheng)
2pm - 5pm Dujiangyan
5pm Travel to Chengdu (RMB10)
Hotel ( Wenjun Mansion)

Sunday ~ 9 Dec 2007
8am-10am Free & Easy
12:30pm Leaving to Airport

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2007
Best weather to travel (jiu zhai gou)?  (7 Answers)


May i know the best weather to visit in Jiu Zhai Gou, Sichuan?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2007
California Garden Hotel in Chengdu  (3 Answers)

Does anybody knows California Garden Hotel in Chengdu? How is it?
I am planning my trip to Chengdu late October. Any tips,for this part of the year, in Sichuan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2007
Hotels near carrefour  (2 Answers)

I am looking for a four star or five star hotel near zi ji xi lu which someone told me is near carrefour. Please list me the hotels that satisfy this criteria. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2007
Traveling during May holiday... help!  (3 Answers)

I'm backpacking through China for a month which unfortunetly falls during the May holiday. My iteneray at the moment is:

[April 14-17] Shanghai (3 days + 1 travel)
[April 18-22] Yangshou (4 days + 1 travel)
[April 23-24] Kunming (3 days, overnight train to Dali)
[April 25-27] Dali (3 days, evening bus to Li Jiang)
[April 28-May 1] Li Jiang (4 days)
[May 2-5] Chengdu (4 days, overnight train to Xian)
[May 6-9] Xian (4 days, overnight train to Beijing)
[May 10-May 14] Beijing (5 days)

Am I making a horrible choice trying to travel between LiJiang, Chengdu and Xian during this peak travel time? Will train tickets be hard to come by on these days? Any help or advise would be helpful!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2007
2-3 days in Sichuan - Wolong, Jiuzhaigou  (3 Answers)

I'm studying in Beijing, and when my family visit in early April I'm planning on taking them for 2 or 3 days to Sichuan. They would like to see pandas, but they've left the rest up to me. I have no problem with flights, but I'm not sure about the season, and travel arrangements in Sichuan.

So, my questions would be:

1. Would you recommend Wolong for seeing pandas, or is there an equally interesting place in Chengdu?

2. Would Jiuzhaigou be really disappointing in April? Or just not the best season to go?

3. If I were to go to Jiuzhaigou, how would we get around? Is it easy to walk? My father especially might have problems with long walks.

4. Would you have any other suggestions for in Sichuan?

Many thanks in advance, and I apologise if someone's asked these questions recently - I browsed the forum, but found little specific to this.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2006
When is spring in jiu zhai gou?  (2 Answers)

I wont be able to go in autumn, so i guess i can settle for spring. When is spring?

Is it cold in spring?

Is it safe to go during spring time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2006
What are the places to go in Winter Dec or March ?  (2 Answers)

I know December is not the peak tourist season, but I happen to have no choice but to go in December OR in March to Sichuan Chengdu to travel. :-(

It doesn't sound like many of the places are attractive to visit during this time. e.g. Most people go to Jiu Zhai Gou in October.

Can any kind soul please help to suggest to me where are the places to go travelling in December / March in Szechuan ?
(This early December doesn't sound like Xilin will be ready with the snow also since this year's winter seems to be delayed.)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2006
Best places to visit in Sichuan in July  (4 Answers)

Hello everyone, I am looking for some advice on travel to Sichuan. I would like to visit Chengdu, JiuZhaiGou , Panda reserves. I have heard that Mount Ermei is nice - how is it compared with Huangshan area? Also, do you think the weather in July is okay for visiting the places I have mentioned above? Lastly, any other places you think I should also visit - I have about 8-9 days to visit. Many thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2006
Jiuzahigo travel for a person with a knee injury.  (5 Answers)

Hello. My wife hurt her knee quiet badly when travelling in Emei Shan.
Trekking up mountains is now out of the question or doing any walk with non-moderate slope.
We are considering going to Jiuzhaigo, the nine Tibetan villages.
Will it do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2006
room for gear on a bus  (5 Answers)

I've read in the lonely planet that unlike other places in the world, one cannot put his luggage in a compratment on abus, and that one must carry all his belongings on his person, when travelling on a bus.
Is that true?
Can it be avoided in Sichuan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2006
Getting to Song Pan or maybe other good treking locations  (4 Answers)

I want to get to Song Pan from Cheng-du (or any other good place for a few 2-4 day hiking treks)
What is the most comfortable way to Song Pan, or a better trekking site?
Ability to carry luggage easily is an important factor.
I'll be there on mid-oct/
(I don't mean taking a taxi all by myself)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2006
Specific questions about Sichuan (and Jiuzhaigou)  (3 Answers)

1) 2 friends will be flying to Xi'an from Shanghai, estimated time of arrival 1555. Would this be enough time for them to make the flight to Jiuzhaigou at 1700? Or is this cutting it a bit too close and I should tell them to take an earlier (but more expensive) flight? There's only 1 flight daily from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou, so we can't miss it!

2) I read that there're buses running directly from Jiuzhaigou airport to Jiuzhaigou park. What's the frequency like? How much is the fare? I read that they take about 1-1.5 hours, is that right? How much would it be to take a taxi (or whatever other vehicle) for this journey?

3) Is it still possible to stay in Jiuzhaigou park, or have we better abandon the idea? What time does the park close?

4) Assuming we'll be spending about 2 days for Jiuzhaigou (30/9 and 1/10), and don't plan to see Huanglong... I think we've to spend the whole of 2/10 travelling back to Chengdu from Jiuzhaigou, so that day's a goner. Anyone know what time the buses head back to Chengdu from Jiuzhaigou? Thus, we actually have only about 3 days to visit somewhere other than Chengdu and make it back to Chengdu by the night of 5/10, or by 6/10 at the latest, to catch the train back to Shanghai.We're planning to take a train leaving to Shanghai on 6/10 at about 2100. I'm thinking of spending about 1.5-2 days in Chengdu, or is that too much? What else should we see, given our timeframe? I've been reading up (too much!) and have got ideas of Yading and Daocheng, Jiaju Tibetan village (apparently in Danba region), Kangding and environs, Songpan, and perhaps Emeishan. I'm not interested in the silly Leshan big Buddha, and actually am not too interested in Emeishan either.

5) Has anyone heard of Immortal (or Heavenly) Lake, known in Chinese as Shen2 Xian1 Chi2, kinda near Jiuzhaigou? The admission fee seems to be 398 RMB BUT seems that you've to stay in a really posh hotel near/in the scenic area. This place looks REALLY wonderful so we'd all appreciate any and all info on it!

6) Does anyone know how much the hostels in Chengdu (or any travel agent, actually) charge for booking train tickets in advance? Or know of anyone who can help? We need to get train 1351 going to Shanghai for 6/10, leaving at 2105.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2006
Avoid spicy food in Sichuan  (7 Answers)

Hello all.
This may sound kind of funny, but my wife has 0 tolerance for spicy food.
Even small amounts of black pepper is too hot for her! I understand that Sichuan food, in genral, is very hot (for normal people). How can I get her non-spiced food in Sichuan and China in general?
Thank you very much,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2006
shuttle buses at night

Hi, i will be arriving in chengdu airport at midnight, just wanted to know if there are shuttle buses at this time to the city or do i have to take taxi. How much is the taxi???? 50/60???



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2006
Tips about good hikes...  (1 Answer)

Dear All,
I live in Beijing and plan to invite my partner to Sichuan Province for a relaxed weekend (4-5 days.) We want to go hiking and see the famous scenery but also escape the heat and the crowds of tourists. Basically a romantic weekend with a comfortable base (hotel?) where we can set out on daily hikes. We are both fit and don't mind being off the beaten path but I want to make it a relaxing weekend without too much hazzle. Huanglong looks a little to crowded for my taste but perhaps someone knows of a place that can match it without the thousands of busses. Please share your best tip with me - I would greatly appreciate it!

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