Covering Jiuzhaiguo 九寨沟 and Leshan 乐山
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (成都双流国际机场)
Tianfu Square (天府广场)
Chunxi Road (春熙路)
Anshun Bridge (安顺桥)
Lan Kwai Fong
Wide and Narrow Alley (Kuanzhai Xiangzi - 宽窄巷子)
New Century Global Center (新世纪环球中心)
Wuhou Memorial Temple (武侯祠)
Jinli Street (锦里古街)
Wenshu Monastery (文殊院)
Researched online and decided to go with the 8 hour plus bus to Jiuzhaiguo. The 3-day journey starts from Xinanmen Bus Station at 8.05am on the first day. Had earlier brought the return tickets (CNY 296) from Xinanmen bus station and was told by the ticketing sale lady to inform the bus assistance that you've brought a return ticket and arrangement will be made to register you for your return trip back to Chengdu. However, this was NOT the case as throughout the journey the bus assistance keeps on promoting they "ARE ABLE" to do this and that (Purchase Return ticket, hotel booking, private tour booking, etc) and convenient offered to you (Pick you up on the way no need to go to the JZG Tour Bus Station) if you purchase from him. Totally ignoring you when you told him that you've brought a Return Ticket from Xinanmen as advised by the ticketing sale lady and tell you to register yourself at the JZG Tour Bus Station. Similarly, the hotel staff will also do all these for you if you enquire.
Reached JZG about 4+ in the afternoon and had to make my own way back to Caiyun hotel (Had already pass by the hotel I've booked while on the way to the JZG Tour Bus Station). The short taxi ride to Caiyun Hotel, Minsu Village (The area is called TianTangKou [天堂口] in Chinese) cost CNY10. My fault for not emailing the hotel in advance to enquire the direction to the hotel as after reaching the hotel and they're expecting my arrival and upon checking with the hotel staff was told that I should have emailed them and they will deploy their driver to pick me up at the JZG Tour Bus Station. They give me a brief introduction to the hotel area 天堂口 and asked me to go have my dinner and be back by 8pm at the Wo Hotel cafe for the JZG briefing.
Minsu Village, Jiuzhaigou Scenic , 623400 Jiuzhaigou, China
Booked via : http://www.booking.com/hotel/cn/jiu-zhai-cai-yun-jiu-dian.en-gb.html
Note the Wo Hotel on the left beside Caiyun Hotel belong to the same owner and the 8pm briefing was conducted at Wo Hotel Café. The briefing conducted by Caiyun owner was indeed very helpful to tackle the vast 100km journey inside JZG. Others had also enquire about making a trip to the renowned Huanglong (黄龙) but was advised against as this period there isn't much water and it not worth making the trip there. After the briefing it's free and easy and everyone was informed that the hotel will commence ferrying service to near (abt 200m) JZG entrance (Not able to stop at the JZG entrance) from 7am onwards the next morning.
A wonderful trip to JZG. A MUST-visit-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime journey.
The third day is checking out early in the morning and complimentary being ferried by the hotel driver to the JZG Tour Bus Station for the return journey to Chengdu. Similarly, the bus will departs about 8am (about 2-3 buses leaving about the same timing) for Chengdu.
Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛)
Made a day trip to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. Did not attempt to go Mount Emei (峨嵋山) as it will require at least two days to enjoy the fantastic scenery at the top of the summit.
Dumplings & Siew Mai Stall in Leshan
Random Food Photos