Enchanting Songpan in 1 Day: Jiuzhaigou & Ancient Wonders

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by Lillian

May 7, 2024 · 1 min read

Songpan 1 Day Itinerary

Embark on a one-day journey through the enchanting town of Songpan, where history and nature intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Begin your adventure at the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, a natural paradise that demands a full day to truly appreciate its cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and vibrant forests. This UNESCO World Heritage site is nestled beside the 301 Provincial Highway and offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. After immersing yourself in the tranquility of Jiuzhaigou, head to the Songzhou Ancient City. Spend two hours exploring this historical military stronghold and ancient town, located at No. 66 North Street. Here, you'll step back in time as you wander through the well-preserved streets and structures that echo the tales of Songpan's storied past. This compact itinerary is designed to showcase the highlights of Songpan, blending the awe-inspiring beauty of its natural landscapes with the rich cultural heritage of its ancient town.

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Mijin Hotel Songpan
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Seercuo International Hotel
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Guobin Hotel
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1 Day in Songpan Itinerary: Day 1

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Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area

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Begin your Songpan adventure with a full day immersed in the breathtaking beauty of Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area. Nestled within the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, this natural wonder is a tapestry of crystal-clear lakes, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant forests. As you traverse the paths beside the 301 Provincial Highway, each step unveils panoramic vistas and serene spots perfect for reflection. The Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area is not just a feast for the eyes; it's a sanctuary where the spirit of nature envelops you, promising an unforgettable experience from dawn till dusk.

Attraction Info

  • Beside the 301 Provincial Highway, Jiuzhaigou Mouth, Yuzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 days
  • Open from 04/01-11/09,8:00am-5:30pm;Open from 11/10-03/31,8:30am-5:00pm

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Songzhou Ancient City

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After a day surrounded by nature's splendor, step back in time with a visit to the Songzhou Ancient City. Located at No. 66 North Street, this historic military town is a testament to Songpan's rich past. Spend a couple of hours wandering through the ancient streets, where every corner tells a story of strategic importance and time-honored traditions. The well-preserved architecture and the echoes of bygone eras make Songzhou Ancient City an essential stop for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike.

Attraction Info

  • No. 66 North Street, Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 01/01-12/31,8:30am-8:00pm

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Top Things to Do in Songpan-2024

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Huanglong Scenic Area
Huanglong Scenic Area
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Highlights:
Located at Xuebaoding, the main peak of Laoshan Mountain, in Songpan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture is the Huanglong Scenic Area. It contains the headquarters of Huanglong as well as the Munigou Ditch. This area is famous for its beautiful calcification pools, which are numerous, crystal clear and colorful too. There is all sorts of natural scenery to take in, such as forests, valleys, snow mountains and waterfalls. The spectacular surface travertine in the Huanglong Scenic Area flows in the original linhai, resembling a golden dragon taking off in the world, hence the name "Huanglong". The Huanglong Scenic Area is also known as the "Four Extremes" in for its pots, snow-capped mountains, forests and canyons.
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Songpan Ancient City
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The ancient city of Songpan, known as Songzhou in ancient times, is located in Jin'an Town, Songpan County, northeast of Aba Prefecture. It was built in the Hongwu period of the Ming Dynasty. An important station of mutual market". The ancient city of Songpan is ancient and quiet. You can walk or take a rickshaw to walk through the ancient buildings, looking for the traces of time left in this ancient city on the plateau, and feeling the thickness and vicissitudes of the ancient city. You can also climb up the ancient city tower and enjoy the magnificent scenery around you. The ancient city of Songpan is divided into inner and outer cities, and there is a gate between the two cities. The city wall has a total length of 6.2 kilometers and a height of 12.5 meters. It is all made of green bricks and is firm and solid. Its thickness reaches 12 meters, which can be called the largest in the country. There are 7 gates in the ancient city, "Jinyang Gate" in the east, "Yanxun Gate" in the south, "Weiyuan Gate" in the west, "Zhenqiang Gate" in the north, and the south gate of the outer city is called "Buqing Gate" (still known today). There is a complete Wengcheng Gate), there is a Xiaoximen at the foot of the southwest mountain, and there is a "Linjiang Gate" near the river in the outer city. There was a double-eaved Xieshan-style tower built on the city gate in the early days, but it is a pity that it has been damaged now. Except for the four remaining city gates, the other city walls were rebuilt in 2004. On the stone wall next to Linjiang Gate, there is also engraved a notice about reducing or exempting harsh taxes in the 16th year of Chonghua (1644). The small bridges and flowing water in the ancient city have a unique landscape. The turbulent Minjiang River passes through the ancient city, from east to west, passes through the ancient city street, turns south, and exits through the city from the south gate. There are two famous bridges on the river, Gusong Bridge and Yingyue Bridge, both of which were damaged in history and rebuilt in 1986. The ancient city of Songpan is also an important memorial site. Two important meetings were held here during the Long March. There is still a Red Army Long March Monument Garden on the top of Yuanbao Mountain in Chuanzhusi Town, Songpan County.

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Mounigou Scenic Area
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Highlights:
The Munigou Scenic Area is situated in the must-have area of Chengdu-Jiuzhai and Huanglong Tourism Main Lines. It brings the charm of Jiuzhai and Huanglong. It is a mixture of primitive forests and special Tibetan style. The view of Munigou is unique and the ethnic customs are diverse. The scenic area can be split into two scenic spots, Zhazi Waterfall and Erdaohai, each with its own features.
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Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area
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Highlights:
Jiuzhaigou is located in Sichuan's Aba Prefecture. The place got its name because nine villages are located in this valley. Like a world from the fairy tales, Jiuzhaigou is renowned for its water landscapes. There is a saying that after visiting Jiuzhaigou, you will not see any better water landscapes elsewhere. In some areas of Jiuzhaigou, the elevation is relatively high. Some tourists may experience altitude sickness. When visiting, please do not engage in vigorous exercise.
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Huanglong Multicolored Pool
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Songpan 1 Day Itinerary