(九龙) is a small town situated in the Ganzi Region, southwest of
Chengdu. It is approximately 620 km from Chengdu. We have a good
article titled � Travel Information for Jiulong in Sichuan �
contributed by Michael Woodhead in 2004 in this website. Most of the
information in it are still relevant and accurate. Readers are
encouraged to read it first. Our guide is based on a recent trip to
Jiulong in October 2006.
Wuxu Hai (Lake) (伍须海)
The main attraction of Jiulong is the Wuxu Lake, about 25km north west of town. ( See Map - Around Jiulong )
The lake is very scenic especially if it is a sunny morning without
wind. The reflections on the lake are just perfect. Apart from the lake
itself, the other so-called attractions within the park are nothing to
write more about.
There is no public transport and the
only means to get there is by chartering a vehicle. A concrete road to
Wuxu is currently being built and should be completed within the next
six months. The condition of the current dirt road is not bad and so,
any vehicles can get there; it need not be a jeep. We paid 150 RMB for
a return journey on the same day. Readers can either negotiate with the
drivers at the main square or contact Mr. Fu at 13778399029. We find
Mr. Fu to be sincere, reliable and very reasonable.
entrance is 60 RMB/head. Log cabin accommodation is available. This is
now only doubles at 60 RMB. Readers can contact this number to make
reservation: 13678364764 or 13990450060.
beautiful in the morning with perfect reflections. The forests around
the lake are pretty especially during autumn. Please see the Wuxu album for more photos.
Changhaizi Lake (长海子）
is an alpine lake at approximately 3,800m. The view is dominated by a
couple of snow-capped peaks, the highest of which is the Maidi Konka
(Gongga) Peak (麦地贡嘎山) of approximately 4,600m, standing at one end. On
any clear morning, one can enjoy a perfect reflection of the mountain
on the lake.
The lake is surrounded by forests on one
side and rocks tumbling down the hillside on the other. At one end
there are pastures where herders let their livestock roam for most part
of the year. At the opposite end is a small stream from melted snow
from the snow-capped mountains that feed the lake.
unknown to Chinese tourists, Changhaizi is an ideal destination
reserved for backpackers and nature lovers. The sceneries around the
lake with the snow-capped mountains and reflections are quite
spectacular, worth a rank. Another
is given to the incredible warmth and hospitality of the people we met
along the way to Changhaizi. Their sincerity and friendliness simply
adds to the whole travelling experience.
from Jiulong to Changhaizi and back can be completed in a relatively
strenuous three days (Day1 journey from Jiulong and trek eight hours to
Changhaizi; Day2 from Changhaizi back to Sanyanlong over seven hours
and Day3 journey back to Jiulong). We did it over four days to afford
ourselves more time to enjoy the special atmosphere, hospitality and
warmth of the Tibetan people in the villages. More information on: Trek to Changhaizhi.
An alternative is to trek further to Mengdong from Changhaizi and back to Sanyanlong. Information and map available on Yalong River Trek.
Sunlight streaming into herder's hut
Getting there: See Map - Chengdu-Jiulong
Chengdu: There is a daily bus direct to Jiulong departing at 7am from
Xinnamen bus station . This bus travels the following route over 12
hours to reach Jiulong: Chengdu -Ya'an (149km) -Luding (166km)
-Kangding (54km) -Jiulong (250km). The bus fare is 172 RMB.
- From Kangding: There is a daily bus direct to Jiulong departing at 7am. The bus fare is 72 RMB.
More: � Travel Infomration for Jiulong in Sichuan � contributed by Michael Woodhead.
Last Visit: in October 2006
Written by CBP in November 2006
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