JiuZhaiGou Valley in Tibet Autonomous Region TAR PRC .See larger image at www.flickr.com/photos/wittysam/8104583584/ A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE and a scenic area in TIBET. TAR. 2nd most beautiful place on the Habitable Earth after Himalayas for me.

Another Wonder of World explored at JZH UNESCO TOUR 2012 4 days –
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Jiuzhaigou Valley (simplified Chinese: ???; traditional Chinese: ???; pinyin: Jiuzhàigou; literally "Valley of Nine Villages"; Tibetan: ???????????????, Wylie: gzi-rtsa sde-dgu, ZYPY: Sirza Degu)


Travel Tip 1, 2….9…


***I suggest read all tips before you start your journey at least you are not referring to loads if information like I did. Have a excellent trip !!!

As per me JUIZHAIGOU valley ( 88 kms from JZH Airport )in particular & nearby HUANGLONG ( 53 kms from JZH Airport )is MOST BEAUTIFUL and MOST SCENIC PLACE IN CHINA and even around the WORLD the very reason it makes to the 111 WOW book i am writing. This UNESCO World Heritage Site of natural order is worth a visit more than even New 7 Wonders of World and Nature from my viewpoint and experience of travelling to 70+ Countries till date in year 2012. This travel advise is based on my 6 th Year of World Travel & 16th year of total travel experience & i can say it loud and clear that out of all my travels to China’s major destinations and provinces around major cities which I travelled in
PRC People Republic of China Hongkong and Tibet Autonomous Region like

PUDONG-SHANGHAI Province-level Municipality
Formerly called Nanping County
Huanglong Valley
Tibetan Plateau
Min Mountains
Tibetan Plateau East, or Qinghai-Tibetan (Qingzang) Plateau
Tibet Autonomous Region(TAR), Tibet or Xizang level autonomous region 1965 administrative region & 1951 Province Level PRC
Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture capital Barkam town (Ch. Ma’erkang)
SICHUAN Province
Guangzhou Guangzhou or Canton or Kwangchow ( capital )
Guangdong province
Hong Kong
and my 15 th visit to China in last 6 years

It is a nature reserve and national park located in northern Sichuan province of southwestern China. Jiuzhaigou Valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft).

Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

Jiuzhaigou Valley ( or in short Jouzhai) Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Can travel to this another UNESCO site together depending on time if you have one extra day availability –
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area ( Near to JZH airport )
****you may not be able to cover all or any part of this area if you have less than 20-24 hours effectively from time you land in JZH airport to time you leave JZH airport. But you can take a 1 or 2 hour drive on the other side of route when you reach JZH airport area after travelling from historic site to JZH airport while heading back to your destination provided you taking last flight of the day which approximately leaves at 19.20 hrs.

*****I had no time to explore this area this time as It takes one full day or 10 hrs to cover 2/3 rd of Y shaped area of JZH valley. and another day to cover rest of Y shaped valley.And another day to cover Huanglong area. So I cud cover only this shape "/ " rather than complete scenic area in "Y" shape which is major scenic area. And tour from hotel is 2 N / 3 Days if boarding from CKG at say 2000 Yuan

**** This trip of just 2 days in my 6 days off from work actually 4 days and effectively 32 hours from time I start from CKG hotel and back to Hotel had cost me near 4500 YUAN but as per details below it may cost around 3500 Yuan minimum in total excluding food gifts books but including taxi ( 300 Yuan one way from JZH to JZH valley near entrence of historical area) and air tickets ( 1024 Yuan one way ) and hotel stay ( between 200-300 Yuan if pre-booked or 400 Yuan if walk in guest on budget rate hotel ) but even lesser if you have airline discounts and ID90 Z fare tickets. But no matter how much you pay you travel or not it’s allready a Wonder of World and supreme natire at its best is there presently as i have eye witnessed it but not sure with very high infux of toyrists its gonna be same in future. Included in my book 111 WOW

Details :
Taxi Hotel to CKG airport and back: Taxi + Tips
70+15=85 multiply by 2 = 170 Yuan

Airfare If taking urgent flight Check in without pre-booking:
1024 multiply 2 = 2048 Yuan

Taxi to hotel near JZH valley historic area enterence from JZH airport ( 1- 1.5 hours by car): two way
300 Multiply by 2 = 600

Hotel Stay including break fast 200 to 400 to more depending on hotel type for no of nights planned

Food Drinks Travel equipment extra

*** the valley inbetween MAIN JZH historical site and JZH airport is also very scenic try to travel back 3 hours before flight departure time and when its not dark to take nice pictures of townships and cultural resorts on way to airport *** you can see many views of Honglong Scenic area which is near to airport but on other direction of Jiuzhiagou scenic area and even bird eye view from aircraft when your take off from JZH.

My first 2 Day trip from CKG to JZH and 12 th to China in last 6 years Details-


1st day –
Flights I took CZ8181 ( last flight for day from CKG to JZH) by CHINA AIRLINES )

2nd day
Flights I took
JZH to CKG flight nos C3U8515 departing at 7:20 pm Arrival at 8:35 pm by SICHUAN AIRLINES


Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve Jiuzhaigou (??? Jiuzhàigou) is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan province in south western China. It is officially known as Jiuzhai Valley in English. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes scenic valleys and also as the habitat of giant pandas though due to excessive tourism potential of area you may not find then easily or not at all . You can see pandas in Chengdu breeding Center and in Chingqing Zoo though. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Jiuzhai Valley (Jiuzhaigou) is a major feature of the Sichuan Scenic Area, located 350 km north of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Jiuzhaigou is at the northeastern end of this scenic area in the Min Shan mountains. It is part of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture.

***** ( very important point ) The main scenic area stretches 80 km (50 mi) long in the form of a letter Y comprising of three main valleys – Shuzheng, Rize and Zechawa covering 720 km² (278 mi²) and offering stunning views of lakes, waterfalls, and mountains. The name means "Valley of Nine Villages", derived from the 9 ancient Tibetan villages that call it home. Its highest point is 4,700 m (15,420 ft) above sea level, with *****the main sightseeing areas between 1,980 m and 3,100 m (6,500-10,170 ft).

*****So plan your walk and views of popular and most beautiful lakes considering this altitude range in mind and the list of notable lakes I wrote below.


The remote region was inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang peoples for centuries

Landscape, geology and hydrology-

Jiuzhaigou’s best-known feature is its dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes. Originating in glacial activity, they were dammed by rockfalls and other natural phenomena, then solidified by processes of carbonate deposition (travertine). Jiuzhaigou’s water has a high concentration of calcium carbonate, making it so clear that the bottom is often visible even at high depths. The lakes vary in color and aspect according to their depths, residues, and surroundings.

Travel Tip 1 –

*****YOU NEED A iPhone application named LONELY PLANET OFFLINE TRANSLATOR CHINESE ENGLISH and a car iPhone charger to charge your gadget in car or buy a battery pack to extend your iPhone battery life

***** very important point To make the most out of your one day in the valley, buy the ticket at 7AM and take the bus up the right of Y shaped valley as shows on the map in back of ticket to Primeval Forest (*** should be your first point to start your travel early morning as per my experience even in sept month . Try to be at counter no later than 6.30am and take tickets by 6.45 and take first bus starting at 7 am as it will get very crowded by say even 7.30 am or anytime later in the day .

Travel Tip 2-

***** Carry a wind cheater or umbrella and water bottle and juices in a small back pack as you gonna walk a lot whole day as distance from one end of Y shaped valley to entrance is like 30 kms and overall valley is spread across 80 Kms but my tips will help you see the best of best in this valley in say one day with your trip starting at 7 am and ending in by 3 pm for 8 hours combination of walk and bus hopping. Only advisable if u heading back to airport the same day ( this is for shortest one day visit to Jiuzhiagou) (**to see entire valley and all it’s scenic points you may need 3 days or more to stay here and even one more day to cover Huanglong scenic area )
***You can even buy water and umbrella and Rain cheater at highest point of forest..

***In my first trip to area i had just one day so i finished all i could till 3 pm and then I took bus back to entrance to start for airport at 3.30 pm sharp. Saw areas on way in quick mode and saw some areas of Huanglong near to airport before taking last flight to CKG.

Travel Tip 3 –

After reaching Primeval Forest which is last point on the bus route You took early morning

****Walk the trail around the forest then walk the forest path down to Swan Lake.

Travel Tip 4 –

***** I took first bus to the top of Y shaped valley on right side where there is Primeval Forest and then headed to SWAN lake by foot yourself to place called” Pearl Shoal” creating a noisy bubbling cascade which from a distance looks like a shawl of pearls draped across the hillside. The falls have a drop height of 21 m (69 ft) and are 162 m (532 ft) wide providing a spectacular display.

Travel Tip 5-

****I did all in one day. I took bus to highest point of the Y shaped map if this scenic area where lakes like Panda lake exist. Go to 3000 meters up till the point bus takes higest. Then

Summertime Camp…

Summer Camp...

Therapeutic Recreation Summertime Camp Expertise Clearly show

On August nine, 2012 at Brookwood Elementary School, around 60 individuals with special requires planned, practiced, and refined skits for the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Summertime Camp Expertise Clearly show. This heartwarming exhibit functions individuals from Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s Camp Check out, Junior Ventures and New Ventures Therapeutic Recreation Summertime Camps.

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Summertime Camps are held for individuals with disabilities and special requires, this kind of as many degrees of intellectual problems, autism, traumatic mind injuries, or visible, hearing and/or actual physical impairments.

Camp Check out is for youth ages 6 – 21. Campers boost their independence and social expertise by collaborating in athletics, team game titles, audio, drama, mother nature research, arts and crafts, and other activities.

Junior Ventures and New Ventures serves individuals ages sixteen – 21, with the focus on leisure education and pre-vocational expertise. These individuals approach group outings, find out occupation expertise, and take part in discipline visits and special gatherings.

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This weekend I am going to be at a meeting for Illinois Parks and Recreation as nicely as Therapeutic Recreation Experts. I’m so fired up to have this opportunity to be listed here, but they preserve up very hectic! In this article is an Outfit Of The Day to suffice for the lower elegance posts! 😘 #ootd #meeting #Hilton #Chicago #workin #therapeuticrecreation #TR #parksandrecreation #illinois


Valencia 2014 (4) 086

Valencia 2014 (4) 086

We decided to go for a town break fairly than sun in Tenerife yet again this September. Other than a several times in the North East we have not been absent because final March and required a transform and with any luck , some sun. The challenge is getting flights from the north of England to the sites we want to go to. We chose Valencia as we could fly from East Midlands – which was continue to a soreness to get to as it concerned the most infamous extend of the M1 at five in the early morning. In the stop we had a relatively fantastic journey, the new Ryanair business course pre-booked scheme worked pretty effectively and bang on time as common. It was uninteresting when we landed with storms forecast all week, the sky was bright grey – the kiss of death to the images I had in mind. I was comprehensive of chilly and wishing I was at get the job done. It did rain but it was overnight on our to start with night and failed to have an impact on us. There has been a drought for eleven months seemingly and it rained on our to start with day there! The forecast storms failed to materialise in Valencia but they obtained it somewhere else.

You May discover discrepancies in the spelling of some Spanish phrases or names, this is mainly because Valencian is utilized on indications, in some guideline textbooks and maps. There are two languages in prevalent use with unique discrepancies. There may possibly also be real faults – it has been recognized!

More than the system of a Monday to Sunday week we included 75 miles on foot and saw most of the greatest of Valencia – The Town of Bell Towers. The Outdated Town addresses a quite huge space in a extremely puzzling format. There was a lot of referring to maps – even compass readings! – a to start with in a town for us. The challenge with images in Valencia is that most of the renowned and interesting setting up are closely created all around, some have poor good quality housing created on to them. Most images have to be taken from an intense angle hunting up. There are no substantial details as it is pan flat, there are a tiny variety of structures where you can pay out to go up on to the roof for a much better perspective and we went up them – far more than the moment!

The contemporary structures of The Town of Arts and Sciences – ( Ciutat de Las Arts I de les Ciencies ) are what the town has far more not long ago become renowned for, with vacationers arriving by the coachload all day till late at night. They ought to be photographed thousands and thousands of instances a month. We went during the day and stayed till darkish one night, I gave it my greatest shot but a to start with time pay a visit to is usually a compromise amongst ambition and realism, time dictates that we have to go on to the subsequent destination. I travelled with a comprehensive dimensions tripod – an additional to start with – I forgot to take it with me to TCoAaS! so It was time to wind up the ISO, yet again! Unnecessary to say I never ever utilized the tripod.

On a day when rain was forecast but it stayed wonderful, albeit a bit uninteresting, we went to the Bioparc north west of the town, a zoo by an additional identify. There are several statements produced for this spot, were you can appear to stroll along with some extremely huge animals, such as, elephants, lions, giraffe, rhino, gorillas and several styles of monkey to identify a several. It is laid out in distinctive geographical locations and there is extremely minor amongst you and the animals, in some instances there is very little, you enter the enclosure by way of a double door arrangement and the monkeys are all around you. It receives rave testimonials and we stayed for most of the day. The animals it has to be reported gave the physical appearance of intense boredom and stress and I felt pretty sorry for them.

The system of The River Turia was altered just after a key flood in the 50’s. The new river operates west of the town flanked by a motorway. The outdated river, which is massive, deep and extremely broad amongst ancient partitions, I simply cannot think about how it flooded, has been turned into a park that is five miles lengthy. There is an athletics observe, soccer pitches, cycle paths, dining places, several children parks, ponds, fountains, loads of bridges, historic and contemporary. At the western stop closest to the sea sits The Town of Arts and Sciences – in the river mattress. Where by it satisfies the sea there is Valencia’s urban Formula Just one racetrack ending in the massive marina created for The Americas Cup. The race observe is in use as roadways complete with completely removable street home furnishings, kerbs, bollards, lights, islands and crossings, almost everything is just sat on the area prepared to be moved.

We identified the seaside practically by accident, we were desperate for meals just after placing in a lot of miles and the afternoon was ticking by. What a seaside, 100’s of metres broad and stretching as much as the eye could see with a massive promenade. The hard matter was picking, out of the dozens of dining places, all subsequent door to each and every other, all serving conventional Paella – rabbit and hen – as effectively as seafood, we really do not try to eat seafood and it constituted 90% of the menu in most sites. Each and every cafe does a set value dish of the day, with a several selections, 3 classes and a consume. Some instances this was our only meal aside from earning the most of the continental breakfast at the hotel. We had a honest several bar stops with the neighborhood wine becoming low cost and enjoyable it would have been a disgrace not to, there would have been a one woman riot – or strike!

On our ultimate day, a Sunday, we were out of mattress and down for breakfast at seven.forty five as common, the spot was deserted barring a waiter. We walked out of the door at eight.30 – in to the center of a mass street race with several countless numbers of runners, one of a sequence that take spot in Valencia – seemingly! We struggled to discover out the length, maybe 10km. The complete was just all around the corner so off we went with the digicam gear, getting photographs of random runners and groups. There was a Television set crew filming it and some neighborhood celeb (I believe) commentating. Future we came across some kind of wandering religious and musical occasion. Some kind of ritual was played out in excess of the system of Sunday early morning in a variety of spots, it concerned catholic priests and religious structures and an additional movie crew. The Catholic vacationers and locals were filling the (several) churches for Sunday mass. Amongst all of this we had found adult males strolling all around in Arab style gown – the kinds in black appeared like the kinds from ISIS currently beheading people – all carrying guns. A bit disconcerting. We assumed that there had been some kind of battle enactment. We were improper, it hadn’t took place nonetheless. A whilst later, about 11.30 we could hear banging, fireworks? No it was our buddies with the guns. We were caught up in total mayhem, all around 60 adult males randomly firing muskets with some kind of blank rounds, the noise, smoke and flames from the muzzles were unbelievable. We were about to climb the Torres de Serranos which is where, unbeknown to us, the grand, and deafening, finale was heading to be. We could really feel the blast in our faces on best of the tower. Nevertheless yet again there was a movie digicam in attendance. I could not get close ups but I obtained a fantastic overview and shot my to start with online video with the 5D, my to start with in five several years of possessing a DLSR with the ability. I generally use my mobile phone ( I utilized my mobile phone as effectively). Afterwards in the day there was a bullfight getting spot, the ring was practically subsequent to our hotel, in the stop we had other factors to do and gave it a miss, it was unquestionably a chaotic Sunday in the town centre, irrespective of whether it’s the norm or not I really do not know.

There is a tram process in Valencia but it goes from the port space into the newer part of the town on the north side, it wouldn’t be possible to provide the historic outdated town definitely. A fast world wide web lookup explained to me that there are fifty five,000 college college students in the town, a quite major variety. I believe a lot of the campus is on the north side and served by the tram even though there is a massive fleet of buses as effectively. There is a massive, extremely spectacular sector setting up , with 100’s of stalls that would make a photograph job on its individual, gorgeous on the inside and out but extremely tough to get decent photographs of the exterior other than detail photographs owing to the closeness of other structures and the sheer dimensions of it. Across city, an additional sector has been superbly renovated and is comprehensive of bars and dining places and a bit of a destination in its individual right.

A downside was the all much too regular shafting by the taxi drivers who use each individual trick in the book to side stage the formal tariffs and rob you. The taxi from the airport had a “broken” meter and on the way property we were pushed 22 km instead of the nine that is the real length. Some of them appear to perspective vacationers as cash cows to be robbed at all expenses. I emailed the Marriot hotel as they requested the taxi, pointless to say no solution from Marriot – they’ve had their money. We did not get the rip off remedy in the bars and so forth. that we skilled in Rome, price ranges are extremely honest on most factors, unquestionably contemplating the town site.

All in all we had a fantastic trip and can hugely endorse Valencia.

Posted by Mark Schofield @ JB Schofield on 2014-10-21 sixteen:36:49