Monday, June 29, 2015

TRAVEL | huang long 黃龍

Finally back and recharged from a pretty brutal three days on the road to the Aba district in Sichuan to visit Huang Long and JiuZhaiGou National park. The bus ride was about 7 hours—we started driving at 5:30am, but including the stops organised by the local tour company, we didn't reach our destination until 2:30 in the afternoon.

I was very impressed by how efficiently everything ran at Huang Long. Due to Huang Long/JiuZhaiGou being one of the more popular tourist destinations in China I was expecting long lines with even longer waiting times. But no, when we alighted from the bus we were immediately directed to cable cars that took us halfway up the mountain within a half hour.

When up there, we followed a single path that took us all around the park and then all the way back down again to the buses. I can't imagine how long it took to build that walkway. Finally, I would recommend taking 4-4.5 hours to hike around the area, with plenty of time to stop for photos and a snack in-between.

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