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Jiuzhaigou Travel Blog

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admiring the natural pool
wake up very early - we leave the hotel at 6 am with a breakfast box (very uninspiring) get to the airport and fly to Jiuzhaigou. Temperature 5 celsius - what a change!! I ask what is the airport altitude -and guess what? 3,600 m!!! I realize we are in Tibet (I didn't know) and the airport is located in the high plateau - higher thn the park we are going to visit!! It rains all day, but we can still enjoy the views. We have a 23-y-old tibetan guide, Alexander, nice and efficient, and a crazy driver. Long winding road. The Hotel ( Shang Ge Hotel) is not so nice but we have a slow internet connection in the room. In the afternoon we visit the park taking several internal buses often full of cginese tourists. The natural views are breathtaking, many small lakes with incredible colors given by algae that grow in very clean and still waters. between the lakes often spectacular waterfalls. I am really glad I included this park in the itinerary. We stop a a tibetan village, Shuzheng Zhai, colorful and full of flags, but completely filled by tourust shops. Letizia does not buy anything.
In the evening back at the hotel, usual snack for dinner and a little walk outside the hotel where we see a miriad of local shops with wonderful decorated wooden doors.
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admiring the natural pool
admiring the natural pool
lake after lake....
lake after lake....
a larger lake
a larger lake
tourists in the bus (please note t…
tourists in the bus (please note …
with our guide
with our guide
the widest waterfall in China from…
the widest waterfall in China fro…
same from above
same from above
incredible colors and reflections
incredible colors and reflections
algae give various shades to the l…
algae give various shades to the …
the five color pool on top of the …
the five color pool on top of the…
light rain....
light rain....
life thrives
life thrives
trees abandoned during a logging s…
trees abandoned during a logging …
still raining...
still raining...
peaceful beauty
peaceful beauty
enjoying the roar
enjoying the roar
national tourists
national tourists
local traditional cresses
local traditional cresses
waterfall
waterfall
chinese beauty
chinese beauty
a roar at tiger lake
a roar at tiger lake
never seen such red roots
never seen such red roots
another waterfall
another waterfall
tibetan flags / prayers
tibetan flags / prayers
Shi Zheng zhai
Shi Zheng zhai
a colorful alley
a colorful alley
a necklace of lakes
a necklace of lakes
tibetan beauty
tibetan beauty
tibetan boy
tibetan boy
Jiuzhaigou
photo by: westwind57