A Month in China Part 3: Jiuzhaigou - Songpan


Before we get started, if this is your first time, check out parts 1 and 2 here:

A Month In China Part 1

A Month in China Part 2: Chengdu

On our last morning in Chengdu, we woke up early and took a cab to the bus station to buy tickets for Jiuzhaigou [MAP] (pronounced jew-jĪ-go). Jiuzhaigou is a national park in northern Sichuan Province known for its beautiful blue-green lakes. If you Google around and try to find places to photograph in China you'd be hard pressed not to not come across tons of articles on this place. Naturally, that made it super appealing to me, a photographer. The visual beauty of the place did not disappoint, but more on that later.

The process of buying bus tickets wasn't nearly as tough as I thought it would be. I just said Jiuzhaigou, held up two fingers and the woman behind the window, looking very bored, asked me for money and promptly produced two tickets. This was the first experience of many that really made me appreciate the long distance bus system in China. The ride was supposed to take anywhere between 7 and 9 hours, so naturally it took 12. It wasn't all bad though, some of the scenery on the way was pretty beautiful, we saw our first ever yaks, and ate our first ever yak kebobs (not too bad). When we arrived in the town it was evening, so we stowed our stuff, ate dinner and then went to sleep in order to get up early and check out the park.

Like I said above, the park is known for its blue-green lakes, waterfalls and generally beautiful scenery. On these aspects it did not disappoint.