Jiuzhaigou scenic region and a bird or two
When: May 2017 Weather: warm 20C
Sony a7II 70-200Glens, Nikon P900
The main reason we go to the part of Sichuan province in China is to visit the world heritage site, a scenic region that is known as Jiuzhaigou (JZG) which literally means Nine Village Valley. However you do it, it’s a bit of a trek to get there….Most people would fly into a major city in China (eg Chengdu) and then connect to Jiuzhaigou Huanglong airport from which it is another 1.5 hours by car to get to the scenic area itself. We had chosen to stay at the newly opened Banyan Tree resort in Baohua town another hour beyond the JZG scenic area itself.
Most people arrive in JZG early in the morning but by the time we got there it was nearly 10am. One challenge about visiting JZG is the hordes of tourists that it attracts….and that’s despite what must be the most expensive admission fees to any national park in the world….it’ll set each visitor back 310RMB or about USD40 per day .. that’s for admission and use of the shuttle buses to get to the different parts of the valley.
We were advised that with just a day we should concentrate just on the Primeval Forest branch of the Y shaped reserve…..
We hiked up the hill, away from the crowds to try and see some birds and get a vantage point….
We finally left the park at about 5pm; JZG is a very pretty destination but it’s a shame that Chinese National Parks do not allow self drive exploration; it’s usually ticketed admission only and being ferried around by buses to go where they want you to go…..which isn’t ideal for birding. Although I had read that JZG was excellent for birding, we had a disappointing day birding wise but that was mainly due to our going late and not having a birding guide with us. We saw many more birds in our birding at Baihe Nature Reserve; see my previous blogpost.