The Nujiang Grand Canyon running from northwest Yunnan to Tibet lies in a narrow strip of land bordering Myanmar, sandwiched to the west by Gaoligong Mountain range and the Biluo Mountain range on the east. It runs through one of China's remotest areas, with carved canyons running through it. However, due to its inaccessibility, the Nujiang River has never been a popular tourism destination. Here some travel tips for you to visit the Nujiang Gorge.
Best times to visit
October ~ April of the next year, but Feb. is the idealest, when the gorge is dotted with rape seeds and ceiba flowers.
Check the Weather
There's a certain beauty to the Nujiang Grand Canyon when it rains, as there is with all things natural, but rainfall tends to obscure views and make hiking down into the canyon a messy mudfest. Be sure to check the weather before you go; if you've booked your trip in advance, call and reschedule if there's a good chance that it will rain.
Know Your Limits
Determine the best way for you to experience the Grand Canyon beforehand. Consider something less strenuous, like a three-hour mule ride, or a shorter hike. Even for a short hike, bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Trying to find a room that near the Nujiang Grand Canyon in advance, and staying in a nearby town will severely cut into your vacation time due to the long (up to an hour each way) commute.
How To Save Money in the Grand Canyon
Arrive Fashionably Late: If you're set on a summer trip, you'll have better luck finding deals on a place to hang your hat if you visit at the end of August.
Shuttle Away: Forget the car. You can save money on rentals, gas and parking by relying on the Grand Canyon's free shuttle bus service.
Keep in Mind...
You don't need a car: While driving may seem like the easiest way to get to the Grand Canyon, you'll have to deal with winding roads and overcrowded parking lots. You're better off relying on public transportation.
Bring layers: Even if you're visiting in the midst of summer, you can bank on chilly winds once the sun goes down. Make sure to bring a jacket just in case.
Don't forget your permits: If you are planning on setting up camp away from the designated campgrounds, you will need a backcountry permit.
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