Travels in China – The Road to Jiuzhaigou

Chengdu September 2004

Chengdu September 2004

In 2004 the only way to get to Jiuzhaigou was by road from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province in South West China, situated on the Jin River, a tributary of the Upper Yangtze.

The road to Juizhaigou September 2004

The road to Juizhaigou September 2004

In 2004 they were building a new road to Juizhaigou, much of it elevated (see background) which meant the existing road was left to be pounded into dust and mud, making the 11 hour journey even more uncomfortable and at times heart stopping.  Some of this new road was destroyed in the massive May 2008 earthquake.

The road to Juizhaigou September 2004

The road to Juizhaigou September 2004

In many places the old road came perilously close to the river and at times both buses and trucks ended up in it.

The road to Juizhaigou drinks and lunch stop.

The road to Juizhaigou drinks and lunch stop.

Drinks and lunch stop……

The road to Juizhaigou, drinks and lunch stop and entertainment

The road to Juizhaigou, drinks and lunch stop and entertainment

…. and …… entertainment.

The road to Juizhaigou

The road to Juizhaigou

Increasingly mountainous terrain.

Tibetan architecture Juizhaigou

Tibetan architecture Juizhaigou

Next Juizhaigou National Park and World Heritage Site

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