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Travel China: Jiuzhaigou Valley 九寨的海子    

By DancingShoes'
4110 Views | 7 Comments | 2/17/2014 3:01:38 PM




Last June I had an opportunity to be in Jiuzhaigou Valley for a business meeting there. The altitude is not high there but it was still a bit cold even in June. Because I was in the factory in Suzhou with the customer from Turkey for the inspection of my project for the whole week and after I finished my work, I had no time to go home to change my luggage or bring some warm clothes but drove to Shanghai directly from Suzhou and took the flight from Shanghai to Chengdu, and then transferred the flight to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport.

While I got out of the plane at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport , I was almost frozen from the cold with my summer dress. So I had to buy a jacket in the shop at the airport and immediately got me tucked in the warm clothes. On the way to the hotel on the shutter bus up to the mountain, I saw some snow on the roadside bushes.  It was snowing here last night!  It was so amazing and unusual for me to see the snow in June, especially I just came from the hot Suzhou to the cold Jiuzhaigou Valley that got me to drop into the bitter cold winter from the hot summer just in several hours.  I checked in the Intercontinental Hotel Jiuzhaigou Paradise. Walking into the gate of the hotel, we will see there is a very large yard with the glass ceiling. In the yard there are bridge, flowing streams, Qiang Ethnic style buildings and SPA place.  Behind the reception building, there are two buildings where are the hotel rooms, quiet and clean.  This is the only one five-star hotel here in the mountain, and it is really a good place for vacation.

After the business meeting , we went to the Valley on the next day. That is the scenic area attracts many people around the world.  I remember there was light rain on that day, and we still enjoyed the beautiful views in the Valley.  It is said“ you would never want to see any other water scenery after you return from Jiuzhaigou Valley." In this Valley, all the waterfalls , shoals, steams , creeks , and lakes, are really magical as a beautiful paradise.

Jiuzhaigou Valley had its name since there were ever nine old villages on the both sides of the Valley many years ago. ( In Chinese Pinyin, "Jiu" means "9",  "Zhai" means "village".)  But with more and more tourists gathering here today, the residents in the villages moved out to other places arranged by the government.  It is a pity that some old villages were ruined over the years and the remainings are now just to be rent to the merchant people as the souvenir shops.  The most ethnic here is Qiang and Tibetan

(P.S. all photos were taken with my old camera ,  but the color and visual impact are still breathtaking! )

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#2014-02-17 15:04:26 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@dancingshoes - you're right that the images you posted, especially the first two, are stunning visually. These photos remind me very much of scenes from my home province back in Canada.

#2014-02-17 18:01:16 by Barry1 @Barry1


This area looks very lovely indeed, DancingShoes. As luck would have it, I'm flying into Chengdu in late May - I had planned to visit the Mt Emei region but now I'll ensure to add Jiuzhaigou Valley to the intinerary as well, since it's not so far away.

I would love to see the snow there as well, if it's possible to see this as late as May.

I'd prefer not to stay in a 5 star hotel though. I may be wrong, but I think a three star accommodation would have more traditional Chinese character about it. More of an earthy feel to it.

When there, I want to sit on a little stone stool or a step in one of the cobbled streets near the hotel and watch the world go by.

I want to speak in very broken Pinyin with the street merchants if possible, haggling vociferously over the price of a nice fresh apple, bringing the price down from two yuan to one yuan, and then walking away feeling as if I've just had a great big win.

In turn, I also want to throw a bunch of yuan into the collection bowls of some of the poor street beggars there. I plan to smile at them and nod my head. Too many people walk past impoverished souls such as these, almost as if they were made of glass, totally invisible. There but for the goodness and grace of fate and God go I, after all.

I also want to jump into the back of a little bicycle driven pedi-cab and tour around the town there, feeling for all the world like a veritable King. I'll acting like a real tourist, taking happy snaps of everyone and every thing.

And when night falls, I want to venture out into the street and taste some of the strange delicacies sold in the food area. Something very exotic looking and delicious. Making sure though that it has no meat in it, of course. My vegetarian habit will be with me till I die, even in China.

If I see a dog, I want to make sure to give it some food. The last time I saw a dog in China it was in the suburbs of Shanghai, being lead down the street by two maternal looking Chinese ladies. I stopped and bent down to pat it - a cute little Maltese - then lifted it off the ground and gave it a hug as it looked so adorable. The two Chinese looked at me very oddly as if to say, "Westerners are very strange people!" But when I smiled at the ladies, immediately they smiled back at me and nodded their heads. I'm sure I made a couple of friends that day, but sadly I couldn't understand a word that they said to me.

All the above activitities of course wil be made so much sweeter if I have someone accompanying me. But this will be the primary purpose of the trip - to hopefully meet a like minded, compatible partner.

Will this occur? Or not? Well, who knows. Whatever does happen though during my one month's sojourn in China, I'm sure it'll be one heck of a memorable holiday. I hope to touch the lives of a few people there and in return, I'm sure they'll touch mine. When souls like this interact with each other, we're indeed walking on very special, hallowed ground, after all.

#2014-02-18 12:57:16 by loveF @loveF


#2014-02-18 14:13:13 by dancingshoes @dancingshoes

Haha, Barry ~~~actually this post and pics are for you, because I know you are going to see your lady nearby Chengdu. Why not drop at this magic Valley, now that tis Valley is only 300km away from Chengdu?

I am not sure you will see a dog or not, but I am sure you will see the highland yaks there. They have very long and white-grey hair all over the body. Did you see this kind of animal in Australia? :D

As for the hotel, I still prefer the five-star one if I have the chance. 5-star one is better with a more clean bathroom and bed sheets, better breakfast, more professional service....most important to you, the reception and workers in 5-star hotel can speak English, but 3-star can't. :D

#2014-02-18 14:42:57 by hellenwei @hellenwei


#2014-02-19 08:56:18 by panda2009 @panda2009

There are 3 pictures of Jiuzhaigou Valley in my earlier blog (below), maybe you would have a look. My son had made 10 cards of his Jiuzhaigou works. I had got 1 book, and my sister bought 10 books from him. She mailed her friends this beautiful new year cards, had face very much.

#2014-02-19 19:15:23 by Barry1 @Barry1


"actually this post and pics are for you"

Thank you so much for this, DancingShoes. I will indeed do my best to visit this beautiful Valley on my forthcoming trip. As for the yaks, we closest thing we have here to those are the thousands of humped, nomadic camels roaming around the outback, with millions of kangaroos happily leaping over the top of them! Oh, then there are the huge, man eating salt water crocodiles that lurk sneakily in some of the rivers here - swimmers beware!

"the reception and workers in 5-star hotel can speak English, but 3-star can't"

Oh, I think you might have forgotten that by the time I reach this beautiful Valley, I'll hopefully be accompanied by a lovely lady who'll have no trouble interpreting the local dialect! :)


Thanks for referring me to your earlier blog on the Jiuzhaigou Valley, Panda. I took at a look at the photos there and was most impressed by the professionalism of the photography performed by your son.

I also read the blog and was similarly impressed by the heartfelt words expressed within them in regards to the rearing of your boy, who has now grown to be an independent young man. You have an endearing way of expressing yourself in these sometimes very frustrating maternal matters that I admire very much.

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