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With 2 days, using a combination of shuttle bus and walking, you can see all five scenic zones. For a more relaxed pace or extended walking, add a third day. Of the scenic zones, the two with the highest concentration of natural wonders are Shuzheng Jingqu and Rize Jingqu. Each zone covers several miles and has wooden planks or stone paths that lead the visitor right up to waterfalls, across shoals, or to the edge of turquoise waters. These can be done in a day if that's all you have, or they can be spread over 2 days, leaving half of each day for wandering in the less-visited areas beyond Panda Lake (Xiongmao Hai) to the right or beyond Wucai Hai (Five-Color Pool) to the left. Admission to Jiuzhaigou, which is open from 7am to 6pm, is April to mid-November ¥220 and mid-November to March ¥80 per person, for 2 days. The shuttle bus costs ¥90; from mid-November to March ¥80.

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