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Jiuzhaigou is located in the north of Sichuan Province. It is a picturesque fairyland featuring fabulous natural scenery of colorful lakes, spectacular waterfalls, and mountains. Chengdu, located 400 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou, is the best gateway to the area. Read our information below to find out how to get to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu.
Getting to Jiuzhaigou by airplane from Chengdu is the best and quickest way to travel. Currently, Chengdu offers one or two direct flights to Jiuzhaigou.
Jiuzhaigou has reopened on Setember 27. Flights from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou arrangements vary according to the travel season. In the peak season (from April to October), there will be about 4 flights traveling between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou. In the low season (from November to March), there will be one or two flights.
Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport is located about 88 kilometers away from Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. There are three ways to get to the scenic area.
Taking a long-distance bus is an economical way to travel and you will head directly to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. The journey takes about 9 to 10 hours and is not as comfortable as taking a flight.
There are two main bus stations in Chengdu with buses running to Jiuzhaigou. Check with the station staff that your bus will stop at Jiuzhaigoukou (九寨沟口), which is near the scenic area (and not just the county).
From Xinnanmen Bus Station (新南门车站) in Chengdu
From Chadianzi Bus Station (茶店子车站) in Chengdu
Currently, there are no trains running to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu. The Chengdu–Lanzhou high-speed railway is now under construction. When it is finished at the end of 2020, there will be a high-speed train available from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou with a journey duration of about 2 hours.
It depends on your time and budget but we recommend traveling to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu by airplane. Two or three days for a trip from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou is enough if you take a flight while one more day is needed if you travel by bus. There is no need to spend an extra day on the road as the road is bumpy, the environment on the bus is bad, and you won’t have a good experience.
Most scenic spots in Jiuzhaigou are under 3,000 meters, with only Long Lake and Jianyuan Virgin Forest being at about 3,060 meters. Jiuzhaigou is rich in vegetation and people generally do not suffer from altitude sickness. A few people may be a little uncomfortable when arriving but you will feel better after a night's rest. If you're still worried about altitude sickness, you can take some medicine in advance.
We recommend staying in Zhangzha Town, which is closest to the entrance for Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. Zhangzha Town has a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star hotels to budget hostels. If you have no idea how to choose a hotel, you can contact us for help. We are happy to give you suggestions according to your requirements and travel schedule.
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