Latest: Jiuzhaigou & Northern Sichuan Re-opening

Update (4 Sept 08): Sigh… I just heard from news that according to the Chinese authority, there may be earthquake that measures at a Richter scale of 7 to 8 at Qing Zhang Plateau. I think we better do our homework first before planning for any trip to Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan.

Hi Folks! Remember the devastating Sichuan earthquake three months ago? Got the LATEST UPDATE (via email) of Sichuan tourism from the Tourism and Marketing Advisor, Kieran Fitzgerald of Jiuzhaigou National Park.

After the May 12th Earthquake much of Sichuan was closed to organised tour groups. It was officially re-opened at the beginning of last month. […]

By |September 3rd, 2008|Announcement, Blog, China, Sichuan, Travel News|23 Comments

The Jiuzhaigou Therapy II

Hi Friends! This is one of the 3 posts that is submitted for the nomination of Best Photo Blog category by OMY Singapore Blog Awards. I must hereby THANK the panel of judges from OMY’s editorial team for selecting as one of the top ten finalists in the Photo Blog category.

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Jiuzhaigou is best known for its splendid multi-level waterfalls and the brilliantly coloured lakes. When the guide told us the Tibetans affectionately call the Jiuzhaigou lakes as “Hai zi”, we thought it was “孩子” or “children”. The correct one is “海子”, which means “sons of sea”.

Nuorilang waterfall / 諾日朗瀑布 – reportedly the widest highland waterfall in China. Glaciers are still seen at the waterfall in March.


By |July 2nd, 2008|China, Sichuan|15 Comments

Jiuzhaigou National Park Earthquake Report

03 Sept 2008: Latest Update on Jiuzhaigou National Park Earthquake Report >> Click Here!

Update: 10 July 2008.

Kieran Fitzgerald, Sustainable Tourism and Marketing Adviser from Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan, China, has the following update:

Hi Eunice,

Just a quick update on Jiuzhaigou:

Jiuzhaigou is open to tourists and never actually closed after the earthquake since there was no damage in the area. Flights are open to all independent tourists but I think travel agents still aren’t officially allowed to send groups.

There are buses running from Chadianzi (Chengdu) to Jiuzhaigou every day at 8am arriving at around 6pm. Buses from Xinanmen (Chengdu) are also running 3 times a week.

There are buses running in the park and it is possible to get off and walk if you like. Only some paths are closed now. But it is possible to walk along the roads although this isn’t strictly allowed. If you tell the bus drivers that you want to walk they won’t make you get on the buses.

There are wild flowers in bloom and the sun is shining 9 out of every 10 days. The park is green and the water level is high which means the waterfalls are spectacular. To see Jiuzhaigou with so few tourists in July is something that is not likely to ever happen again!! The chance of seeing wildlife is a lot higher as a result.


Kieran Fitzgerald
Sustainable Tourism and Marketing Adviser
Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan, China
Hey folks! Kieran from Jiuzhaigou has emailed me the earthquake report dated on 15 May 2008 on Jiuzhaigou National Park. Below is his email:
I’d like to provide you information on Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan for your readers. We probably had over 10,000 tourists in the park on Sunday and Monday and there were no injuries reported. Here is a report on the situation…

Jiuzhaigou National Park Earthquake Report

Jiuzhaigou National Park has not been significantly damaged physically. Many staff members have still not been able to contact family members and they are our priority at the moment.

The roads from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou are blocked due to the earthquake of 12th May 2008 and are expected to remain that way for some time. The best way to get to Jiuzhaigou is to fly although the government has warned against any unnecessary travel to the whole region for the moment. Flight schedules have been affected by the disaster however.


By |June 15th, 2008|Blog, China, Press Releases, Sichuan, Travel News|1 Comment

Sichuan Quake Disaster Photo Exhibit

Photos taken at the exhibit at World Book Fair (May-Jun 2008) at Suntec Singapore. Free admission.

“This little girl was still holding on to her pen when her body was retrieved from under the rubble.”

By |May 31st, 2008|China, Sichuan|5 Comments

2008 Sichuan Earthquake 四川大地震

Earthquake News Update on 2008-05-27 16:06:13

China earthquake death toll rises to 67,183… two fresh aftershocks struck earthquake-hit areas in southwest China on Tuesday afternoon. A 5.4-magnitude aftershock hit Qingchuan County in Sichuan Province at about 4:03 p.m. and another 5.7-magnitude aftershock hit neighboring Ningqiang County in Shaanxi Province, according to the China National Seismological Network.

“Judging from previous earthquakes of a similar magnitude, this time the aftershocks may last for two or three months, and it’s not relatively long,” said He Yongnian, former deputy director of China Seismological Bureau (CSB) and a seismologist, in an online interview on ~Xinhua.

The massive earthquake that hit Sichuan is a tragedy. The 8-magnitude quake is said to be the country’s strongest earthquake in more than half a century.. My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those affected families… Scenic photos taken before Sichuan earthquake while touring Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu and other part of Sichuan… (See scenic photos)

Videos of Sichuan earthquake. I will update with any latest videos or news.

By |May 19th, 2008|China, Sichuan|0 Comments

Leave your condolences here to the victims of the devastating Sichuan Earthquake.

(photo from Xinhua news)

A well-written condolence can help ease the sorrow for a grieving person coping with the death of a loved one. Also, please don’t forget to make donations to the charity organisations supporting the victims of Sichuan Earthquake.

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By |May 18th, 2008|China, Sichuan|14 Comments

“Unlucky” Olympic Mascots?

Now there is a popular superstitious belief that the recent misfortunes and the massive Sichuan earthquake are related to the five Olympic Mascots for Beijing 2008.

The five Olympic Mascots are Beibei, Jinjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini, which actually means “Beijing huanying ni” (北京欢迎你), literally means “Beijing welcomes you”. People have speculated that four of the five mascots have already fulfilled the prophesies of misfortune.


By |May 18th, 2008|China, Sichuan|2 Comments

Through trauma, West and China find much in common

This is an interesting and touching article written by Xinhua writers. 2008-05-25 16:02:45
by Xinhua writers Ni Siyi and Lou Chen
BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) — The year 2008 will be remembered with mixed feelings by the Chinese, not only because of the impending Beijing Olympics and the many crises in the run up to the event, but also because of the totally different reaction of the Western world toward China over these tragedies, through which they have come to know how much they are divided and how much they could have in common. […]

By |May 14th, 2008|China, Sichuan|0 Comments

Fairyland Jiuzhaigou

I made my trip to Jiuzhaigou in the spring month of March in 2006 and the stunning beauty of the fairyland were photographed to leave fond memories here.

Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟) is a valley, a nature reserve and is 330 km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu, Sichuan province of China . It is part of the Jiuzhaigou County in the Aba (阿坝) Tibetan (藏族) Qiang (羌族) Autonomous Perfecture (阿坝藏族羌族自治州) near the Gansu border, and the remote region was inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang peoples for centuries, and was officially discovered by the government in 1972. The area becomes a national park in 1982 and was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992.

The essence of Jiuzhaigou valley is water and is best known for its magnificent waterfalls and colourful placid lakes. The lakes are famous because of their transparency and their high calcium proportions which have preserved tree trunks that were fell into the lakes, for hundred of years! The fascinating valley, coupled together with its unique habitants of the Tibetans and Qiang tribes, have formed an exotic haven from the rest of the world.


By |November 30th, 2007|China, Sichuan|8 Comments

The horrendous roads to Jiuzhaigou

The main hurdle to visiting the fairyland is the dreadful roads that lead to the Jiuzhaigou valley from Chengdu. We often hear stories about big rocks flying onto the road and hit tour buses. The roads are narrow, with only two lanes for either directions. So where ever the road bends, the drivers will horn to warn any vehicles that can’t be seen around the bends. Some roads has no railings too, and below the roads is the raging Minjiang River. You can imagine accidents only have two scenerios – vehicle crashes into the side of the hills or overturns into the rushing torrents below. Sometimes, one may get nausea on the bus due to long journey and higher altitude, so it’s good to carry some oilment along.

But, by looking at the enchanting landscapes and snow-capped mountains along the journey, the roads don’t appear horrendous, right?!

It’s like a huge ancient road map appearing outside the windows of our bus!


By |November 29th, 2007|China, Sichuan|3 Comments