Located 400km north of Chengdu in the northern Sichuan province the national parks of Jiuzhaigou (Jiu Zhai Gou) and Huanglong rank amongst the most beautiful national parks in China. Emerald blue lakes, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear water, rich vegetation, the abundant wildlife and the stunning mountain scenery make Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong national parks a unique and rewarding travel experience!

Your host, Adrian Stalder

Adrian Stalder

A Swiss National, passionate traveler and outdoor expert. He graduated from the Swiss business school of commerce and was supposed to start a banking career soon after. More out of curiosity he took an interim job as a tour guide for one of the leading tour operators in Switzerland and that is when he discovered his love and affection for foreign countries and their fascinating cultures and history. In between his assignments he shouldered his backpack and started to explore the remotest corners of the Asian continent. After one year in Thailand he then moved to neighboring Myanmar where he worked as the country manager for a German tour operator for almost 5 years.

He then decided to move on to Kunming, where he realized a long time dream by starting his own travel company, and to share with others his extensive travel experience and profound knowledge about China and South-East Asia. Chinese is just one of 5 languages he speaks fluently. In his spare time he is practicing Tai Ji and studies the Chinese history.

Tour Information

Northern Sichuan: The National Parks of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong


Sichuan Travel: Huanglong National Park

The national parks of Jiuzhaigou (Jiu Zhai Gou) and Huanglong rank without any doubt amongst  the most beautiful national parks in China.

The name Jiu Zhai Gou means literally "9-Villages-Valley", standing for the 9 villages which can be found there. Jiu Zhai Gou (Jiuzhaigou) national park extends over 3 valleys and covers an area of 72’000 km², roughly twice the size of Belgium. The emerald blue lakes, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear water, rich vegetation, the abundant wildlife and the stunning mountain scenery will inspire even the more experienced travellers!

Huanglong National Park

The slightly smaller Huanglong national park is located only 65 km south of Jiuzhai Gou. The name Huanglong means literally translated "Yellow Dragon" and refers to the yellow tinged calcium carbonate and limestone deposits found throughout its 1340 km² terrain. The park extends over a 7 km long valley and inspires its visitor with its sapphire-bright terraced ponds and emerald-green foliage.

UNESCO added Jiuzhaigou (Jiu Zhai Gou) to its World Heritage List in 1992 together with the nearby Huanglong national park.

The emerald blue lakes, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear water, rich vegetation, the abundant wildlife and the stunning mountain scenery make Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong national parks a unique and rewarding travel experience!

 

Customer Reviews

"...the trip to Jiuzhaigou was wonderful. Everything was well organized..."

   Martha, United States
 


"...especially our Sichuan guide was very nice and knowledgeable..."

   Pete from Canada

Tour Map

LOADING

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:   CHENGDU – DUJIANGYAN – SONGPAN (320 km / ca 6 hrs)


Travel to Songpan, Sichuan Province, China

Pick up at your hotel. Drive 60 km to the north-west for a visit to the famous irrigation system of Du Jiang Yan, dating back to the 3rd century BC. In order to tame the unpredictable Min river from the frequent flooding and, at the same time, use its waters to irrigate the often dry Chengdu plains, an ingenious irrigation system was planned and built by the architect Li Bing. Dujuangyan was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.

Continue to the "Temple of the two Kings" (Er Wang Miao) and take a walk through the park with its countless small temples and pavilions. After lunch the road follows a lush valley along the Min river to Songpan, which is situated on 2'700 meters above sea level.

Overnight accommodation is at Songpan.

Day 2:   SONGPAN -  HUANGLONG - JIUZHAIGOU (65km/2hrs)


Waterfall at Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan

We take an early morning stroll through the picturesque old town of Songpan. Visit the remains of the original city walls and the original old "Wind and Rain" bridges around town.

On our way to the Huanglong national park we drive over a 4’200m high pass with spectacular views over the surrounding mountains. The Huanglong national park extends over a 7km long valley and inspires its visitor with its sapphire-bright terraced ponds and emerald-green foliage. By cable car we reach Wanlongping. From here a magnificent 6 km long walk brings us back to the park entrance. The rather easy trail passes the main attractions for Huanglong including the stunning terraced limestone pools, which where formed over a period of 250’000 years by the water that is constantly flowing over the terraces.

Continue to Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Overnight at Jiuzhaigou.

Day 3:   JIUZHAIGOU NATIONAL PARK(B)


Sichuan: Journey to Jiuzhaigou, China Tours

Today we explore the Jiuzhaigou national park. The name Jiuzhaigou means literally "9-Villages-Valley", standing for the 9 villages which can be found there.

Jiuzhaigou National Park extends over 3 valleys and covers an area of 72’000 km2, roughly twice the size of Belgium.

The emerald blue lakes, stunning waterfalls, crystal clear water, rich vegetation, the abundant wildlife and the stunning mountain scenery make Jiuzhaigou one of the most amazing national parks within China.

UNESCO added Jiuzhaigou to its World Heritage List in 1992.

Day 4:   JIUZHAIGOU - CHENGDU (Flight: 1 hr)

Transfer to the airport and flight to Chengdu. Connecting Program.

 

More Sichuan Tours

Contact Us

In order to keep your inbox clean, Colorful-China will not send you auto-generated success messages. If you hit "Submit" we will receive your message and answer your question within the next 24hrs.

Some of our tours can contain light hikes of varying legths, please choose whether you are interested.

Review

Sichuan Tour: Jiuzhagou and Huanglong National Parks

Duration:
3-5 days
Natural Wonders of Northern Sichuan
Tour Type:
Sichuan Tours