20090822_1220_0718 A stop in the town of Pingwu 平武. Our bus travelling from Mianyang 绵阳 to Jiuzhai township stopped here for lunch. This is the so-called 'eastern route' of the Jiuzhaigou ringroad. The western route is more popular and, as the bird flies, shorter, but is more windy, hillier and takes longer. Normally this route takes six hours, but after the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 the road was extensively damaged. This route took about nine hours from Mianyang to Jiuzhai, and about twelve hours on the way back. Some tourist buses stop here overnight.