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Part 1: Easter Long Weekend @ Jiuzhaigou

I was in Xi’an when Hubby told me that we were going to Jiuzhaigou for our Easter long weekend. I have never been but have heard my mother rave about it. She originally wanted to go to Jiuzhaigou instead of Xi’an and didn’t understand why – but after going to Jiuzhaigou – I totally utterly understand!

Jiuzhaigou is not the easiest place to get too. Jiuzhaigou is located in the northern of Sichuan Province.  It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colourful lakes and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

There are many ways you get to Jiuzhaigou. You can drive, catch the bus, catch the train or even fly to Jiuzhai Valley. We flew to Jiuzhai Valley from Chongqing which took a good hour, and then a 2.5 hour drive from the airport to the National park itself.

Hubby and I flew to Chongqing on Good Friday, and we arrived at Chongqing quite late. We didn’t really do much at Chongqing except to have a late dinner – which was hot pot! Sichuan is well known for the spices and hot pot. So we found the nearest hot pot place across the street from our hotel and OMG – it was the spiciest and hottest beef hot pot I have ever had. If you are not used to eating spicy food then this is definitely not the dish for you!

We even asked for medium level of spiciness and it was quite hot. I noticed that the spices they use are quite different – it leaves that tingly feeling on your tongue. Drink water after it and the flavour will be infused!!! Hubby thinks it’s best to drink coke… I beg to differ. As you can see from the photo below – even the soup was red – it was seriously undrinkable! The soup was a tad bit oily but the hot pot itself was tasty. I’m not a big beef eater so only had a couple and it was tender. The mixed vegetables, mushroom and potatoes were fantastic.

We went to bed that night full and I for one slept like a baby. We got up early the next morning to catch our flight to Jiuzhaigou and were super excited!

We arrived at Jiuzhai Valley airport and it was absolutely amazing! I would have to say it is one of the best airport s (in terms of scenery) I have ever seen. The airport was surrounded by mountains, and snow was still visible on some of the highest mountains. It was seriously amazing and seriously cold!

To get to the national park itself its about 2.5 hours drive, which is about 200RMB cab ride. You can catch a bus for 45RMB each but the bus will not leave unless they have a minimum of 7 people. There were 4 of us – we found 2 other travelers who wanted to catch the bus. One of the cab drivers approached us and asked if we wanted to go together – all of us looked at each other and thought – why not? They were going staying at the Intercontinental and we were staying at Sheraton.

The Intercontinental Hotel is the newest hotel in Jiuzhaigou and it looked utterly amazing! We originally wanted to stay there, but it was further away from the national park and Hubby wanted to be closer. Sheraton is probably a good 30 – 40 mins away from the Intercontinental. It’s not as bad as some people have claimed, however, it’s definitely not a resort!

We got to our Hotel around about 2pm and were going to venture to the national park but were told that it was not worth going, as it was already 2.30 – 3pm. During peak season, tickets are 220RMB not including bus tickets which was 90RMB. Off peak is definitely cheaper at 80RMB and there were no two day passes during peak season. It would have been costly, so we thought we’d get up early tomorrow and just check out the villages and either have a late lunch or early dinner!

Even the surroundings of the national park were gorgeous! There are mountains everywhere you look.  Below is a photo of a lake … gorgeous.

Here’s a path from the national park to one of the villages.

We haven’t had breakfast or lunch so I was seriously hungry! We found this little place in one of the villages – I don’t remember the name unfortunately but all the restaurants looked great.

We ordered a serve of xiao long bau – I almost forgot to take a photo of it – took a bite of my bau, placed it back and took the photo. They were incredibly tasty – the bun soft and the meat juicy! With vinegar and chili, these baus really went down easily and nicely.

We also got sizzling beef – which was fantastic! Better than any sizzling beef I have ever had. The beef tender and succulent, veggies fresh!

Hubby wanted fish – so we got fish with preserved vegetables soup. This was amazing – one of the best fish soup I have ever had. The fish was fresh and soup full of flavour with a hint of chili, which was perfect. My only gripe would be that the fish was a little boney but overall it was fantastic!

Full and satisfied after a day of not eating, we waddled around the villages to buy some snacks for our walk at the national park!

Found a great bakery and stocked up on bread / biscuits / chocolate and drinks for our hike. Yes, we purchased all the below for the hike – it’s our breakfast / lunch / snack!

We didn’t do much that evening, thought we would get an early night so we can start early. I was seriously looking forward to the National Park!

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