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How to get to and from the park?
There are many different options to get to the park. It is possible to self-drive, to get the bus or to fly. There is a detailed list of different options of getting to Jiuzhai Valley here.
How are the roads to the park?
The road from Chengdu via Mian Yang, Jiang You, Ping Wu, Nanping is open and much of the way is a newly built highway. Road works do occur from time to time but usually road work delays are minimal. As is the case everywhere in China accidents do occasionally happen and delays can occur. Self - driving it can be done in between 8 and 10 hours.
Since the May 12th 2008 earthquake, the road via Ying Xiu and Wen Chuan to Songpan is open to private vehicles and public busses. It is not open to travel agent’s buses. This is to keep the road free due to the amount of construction vehicles in the area at the moment. Direct Chengdu - Jiuzhai Valley busses are using the road via Mian Yang, Jiang You and Ping Wu since it was repaired and re-opened in 2009. These routes can change depending on road conditions.
It is only possible to stay within the Jiuzhai Valley National Park as part of an overnight hiking tour in the Zharu Valley. See the eco-tourism section of this website for more information.
It is not possible to stay in family homes. The reason for this regulation is due to excess water usage and waste caused by large numbers of people.
Is it possible to stay in the park?
It is not possible to stay within Jiuzhai Valley National Park. This is due to excess water usage and solid waste caused by large numbers of people. In the long run it is not sustainable to open the whole of the park to over night guests.
Plans are currently underway to open Zharu Valley to eco-tourism including hiking and camping. This will be possible as part of a guided tour. Click here for further information.
What services are in the area?
There are branches of the Agricultural Bank of China and Construction Bank of China in the villages close to the park entrance.
There are also China Development Bank ATMs. All of the ATMs in the area accept international credit cards.
There are hospitals in Nanping and Chuan Zhu Si. There is a medical centre at the park entrance offering basic first aid and oxygen and there are doctor's clinics in and around the towns outside the park.
Should you require a Tibetan massage, foot massage or haircut after a days walking these are also readily available.
Is Jiuzhai Valley a safe area?
Jiuzhai Valley is completely safe for tourists and the crime rate is extremely low. As with all busy tourist locations caution should be taken with regard to valuables.
Jiuzhai Valley did not experience any damage during the May 12th 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
How is the weather in Jiuzhai Valley?
Jiuzhai Valley enjoys some of the clearest weather in China. Even on the days where it does rain there is usually half a day or so of sunshine as well. Be aware that the sun burn factor at this altitude is more severe than at lower elevations so precautions should be taken. For a more detailed account of the weather please see here.
What sustainable tourism efforts do Jiuzhai Valley have in place?
Jiuzhai Valley is one of the premier eco-tourism and sustainable tourism destinations in China. Although there is still plenty of work to be done, many projects and policies have already be put in place. Click here for more information on Jiuzhai Valley’s environmental protection measures.
How much do Jiuzhai Valley tickets cost?
Ticket prices vary according to season. Please click here for a detailed price list.
What are the accommodation options in the Jiuzhai Valley area?
There are over 20,000 beds in the Jiuzhai Valley region. These range from 5 star international brand to 1 star to traditional home stay accommodation. Please click here for more information.
When to visit?
Every season presents different experiences in Jiuzhai Valley making any time of year a good time to visit. This should prepare you for your visit.
Spring in Jiuzhai Valley enjoys lovely clear skies and sunny days. The weather is changeable however and there can be rain and snow depending on the altitude. You would be very unlucky to come in spring and not experience some nice sunny days.
Summer in Jiuzhai Valley is a celebration of everything green! All the mountains that had dried up over the winter have returned to full life. Summer is when Jiuzhai Valley gets most of its rain but it still enjoys plenty of hot sunny days which feel a lot hotter than the official 17ºC mean temperature that is provided.
Autumn in Jiuzhai Valley is possibly the most breathtaking time of the year. All the different trees and plants change different colours at the same time creating a circus of colour which reflect perfectly in the bright blue and green lakes.
Winter in Jiuzhai Valley is described as a “Winter Fairyland”. Although this may sound like something you would read in a child’s fairy tale book, when you see it you will agree. Many of the waterfalls are frozen still while the snow covered trees present the perfect contrast of colour against the brightly coloured lakes. Temperatures do drop to as low as -5ºC but this is the driest time of the year. The mountains are a barron looking brown colour where the conifers are not and when they are not under snow. Even though temperatures can be quite low when there are clear blue skies it can be quite warm in the sunshine.
Travelling with children
All of the international hotels cater for children of all ages. The majority of domestic hotels do also but it is recommended that you check in advance with the hotel if you are travelling with infants. Usual precautions should be taken when eating and tap water should be avoided to be safe.
Chinese visa information
All international tourists visiting China for leisure purposes are required to have a Chinese Tourist Visa (L). These are typically offered for 30 days, but 60 or 90 days can also be obtained.
China tourist visas can be applied for at a Chinese embassy or Consulate. As the regulations for applying for China visas as well as the visas that have been available have been changing recently recommend you contact the Chinese embassy in your home country for more information. For your relevant Chinese embassy contact details please click on your home country:
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