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Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟) in Autumn

#1 User is offline   Ben Naden 

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:27 AM

Did a short 5 day trip to this gorgeous heaven on earth. I was not disappointed as the sceneries were mind blowing. No photo will ever re-enact what your eyes can truly see. I did manage to get some shots...... enjoy!

Arrow Bamboo Lake
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8116568786_50c2391f6e.jpg

Panda Lake Waterfall
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8467/8116594996_cce8020e26.jpg

Five Flower Lake
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8118222771_f528f0b21d.jpg

Peacock Riverbed
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8050/8116635334_eb0eba01e3.jpg

Pearly Shoal
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8044/8116635155_3a4e19bd39.jpg

Pearly Shoal Waterfall
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8043/8116675922_ee95068e6a.jpg

Nourilang Waterfall
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8118305139_730fb9ff82.jpg

Reed Lake
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8118292340_103259d1cf.jpg

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:43 AM

We also spent a day in Huanglong (黄龙) and were smitten by a slightly different array of natural wonders.

Green Jade Peak @5160 meters
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8118375008_ed9bc5faed.jpg

Five Colored Pool
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8118378500_9212b935be.jpg

Moon Reflection Pool
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/8117733724_0e9bf70d2d.jpg

Five Colored Pool
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8323/8119600009_63d686d204.jpg

Five Colored Pool
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8118649427_3dfc82c78f.jpg

Mirror Pool
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8183/8119618906_f6bd8bb174.jpg

Flying Falls
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8474/8118654825_f0642b866d.jpg

The entire album can be found here.
Jiuzhaigou & Huanglong Oct 2012

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

Was it cold?what the temperature ?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:23 AM

When we arrived it was 10-19 deg C. When we left it was snowing at temp close to 0 deg C.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:23 AM

Makes me feel like flying over the lake.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

It's really beautiful! Yup I also want to fly over the lake and river - Tie Zhang Shui Shang Piao!
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:05 AM

Dear Ben,
I have gone to China many times ang this place is the most beutiful place I have been. The photo you took is excellent!

One thing irritated is there are so many people and difficult to take photo! :hitmyself:/>
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

Unfortunately, Autumn is the peak season with anything from 40k to 60k people entering the park per day. We fight for the bus, we fight for photo opportunities, we even fight to buy our food.

I may wanna do a different season like early spring when the crowds are about 15k per day.



View Posthengys, on 06 November 2012 - 10:05 AM, said:

Dear Ben,
I have gone to China many times ang this place is the most beutiful place I have been. The photo you took is excellent!

One thing irritated is there are so many people and difficult to take photo! :hitmyself:/>




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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Ben.
Do you know if the trees will turn red eventually?
Btw, you went there on your own or with group tour? Easy to go there yourself in terms of taking public transport?
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:35 PM

Here is my take:

The pine trees will remain green. Autumn is very short at high altitudes so the month of Oct is a short window to see red and yellows on the other trees. When we reached Huanglong, the overnight snow has caused most trees to drop their leaves entirely so most of them are bare. This is about timing and even the Tibetans there felt that this year was kinda strange in terms of weather.

It was free and easy for a group of 4 so things like rooming and transport were pre-booked. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. There are many hotels within walking distance from the JZG park entrance.

Hope this helps.


View Posttin, on 06 November 2012 - 05:34 PM, said:

thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Ben.
Do you know if the trees will turn red eventually?
Btw, you went there on your own or with group tour? Easy to go there yourself in terms of taking public transport?




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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:44 PM

Thks, Ben.
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