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Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

In Brief: See 35 photos from a trip to Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Songpan Ancient Town, and Chengdu. The Jiuzhaigou photos are amazing!

Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Scenery in Jiuzhaigou,

The scenery of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong is amazing, and by visiting in early November we avoided the huge holiday crowds and got a look at the beginning of the autumn colours in the leaves up in the mountains.

We started the trip by flying into Chengdu, and the first thing on the itinerary was a visit to the old town of Songpan. It’s a walled town that was an outpost on the border of Tibet and China, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). We took a long walk to explore inside the walls.

The next day was a big one, as we visited the Jiuzhaigou National Park. Inside the park was just perfect – clear, sunny weather, no crowding, and, of course, the scenery.

The third day of the trip was no less of a highlight, with Huanglong National Park’s famous Five-Colour Pool a particularly special sight.

On the fourth day of the trip we headed back to Chengdu, stopping off for a look at the big waterfall in Munigou.

Our last day was spent in Chengdu. The best part of that? We visited a famous food street, and tried out everything!

The South Gate of Songpan Ancient Town - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

The South Gate of Songpan Ancient Town.

Cobbled lanes inside the walls - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Cobbled lanes inside the walls.

Lanterns decorating a teahouse. We saw a lot of teahouses in Songpan - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Lanterns decorating a teahouse. We saw a lot of teahouses in Songpan.

A street market in Songpan - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

A street market in Songpan.

Yanjing is having a chat with some local ladies - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Yanjing is having a chat with some local ladies.

We climbed up on to this knoll to get a better view of the Ming Dynasty-era walls - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

We climbed up on to this knoll to get a better view of the Ming Dynasty-era walls.

Heading in to the valley of Jiuzhaigou - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Heading in to the valley of Jiuzhaigou.

A duck in the wetlands beside the lake - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

A duck in the wetlands beside the lake.

We followed the park trails in through the forest - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

We followed the park trails in through the forest.

One of the waterfalls - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

One of the waterfalls.

A boardwalk around the side of the lake, with a lot of fish in the water below - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

A boardwalk around the side of the lake, with a lot of fish in the water below.

Waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou.

Forest and mountains reflected in the still water - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Forest and mountains reflected in the still water.

This is Panda Lake. Apparently it’s named that because the colours of the lake look like a panda. Hmmm - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

This is Panda Lake. Apparently it’s named that because the colours of the lake look like a panda. Hmmm.

Nuorilang Waterfall - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Nuorilang Waterfall.

We stopped for a lakeside picnic lunch - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

We stopped for a lakeside picnic lunch.

Group shot after lunch - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Group shot after lunch.

Flags adorn a prayer wheel - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Flags adorn a prayer wheel.

A boardwalk by a rushing river - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

A boardwalk by a rushing river.

(from here send back to the Jiuzhaigou section.) Water flows over a terrace - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Water flows over a terrace.

Reflections in Moss Lake - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Reflections in Moss Lake.

Mirror Lake - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Mirror Lake.

Flowing water. (End of back to Jiuzhaigou section) - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Flowing water.

Long Lake – the largest in the park, and sited at the highest altitude - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Long Lake – the largest in the park, and the highest.

Back in Songpan, with the sun setting behind one of the big gates - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Back in Songpan, with the sun setting behind one of the big gates.

We climbed up to watch the sun set - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

We climbed up to watch the sun set.

Huanglong National Park - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Huanglong National Park.

‘Five-Colour’ Pool - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

‘Five-Colour’ Pool.

Group shot - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Group shot.

Ripples in the water - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Ripples in the water.

A Tibetan Buddhist temple in Munigou - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

A Tibetan Buddhist temple in Munigou.

The prayer hall of the temple - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

The prayer hall of the temple.

It’s safe for the rabbits here - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Rabbits running about by the temple. Wonder if the monks here are vegetarian?

Back in Chengdu, we spotted some people practicing Sichuan Opera by the river - Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Back in Chengdu, we spotted some people practicing Sichuan Opera by the river.

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