Jiuzhaigou Overview

Chinese Name: 九寨沟 Pinyin: jǐu zhài gōu Location: North of Sichuan Population: 67,945 Language: Tibetan, Sichuan Dialect Zip code: 623400 Tel code: +86(0837) Time zone: UTC+8

Jiuzhaigou, literally means “Nine Villages Valley”, which is named after the nine Tibetan villages in the area. Jiuzhaigou County(previously known as Nanping County), it is about 540 kilometers away from Chengdu city and needs 8-10 hours’ drive due to the tortuous mountain roads. In the year of 1992, Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot was dubbed as the World Nature Heritage Site. It fully captures the truth of Jiuzhaigou that there is need to see any other waterscapes after visiting Jiuzhaigou. Indeed, water is the soul of Jiuzhaigou and it is the most beautiful waterscape in China. This multicolored land is made up of 108 “Haizi”, including springs, waterfalls, lakes and benchlands, a combination of flying and serenity, with a visibility up to 20 meters. There are “six unique” in Jiuzhaigou, namely emerald lakes, multi-level waterfalls, colorful forest, snow-capped peaks, Tibetan customs and blue ice. Therefore, it is a good chance to experience the unique Tibetan culture in the ancient Tibetan villages. In different places, Jiuzhaigou can be found with different charming scenery, which is a magical dream-like world that Chinese and foreign tourists yearn for.


  • Photography: Jiuzhaigou is most famous for its blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes and waterfalls which is an ideal place for photography. It is reputed as a precious gem in northern Sichuan. There is no severe cold in winter and sultry heat in summer. There are different sceneries in the four seasons. It is famous for the “six wonders” of green lake, multi-layer waterfall, colorful forest, snow peaks, etc. Whenever you go all year round, you will feel as if you are in a fairyland.
  • Tibetan Culture: Jiuzhaigou is a large corridor for ethnic integration in history, and it has long been a Tibetan settlement. The mysterious and dignified Tibetan culture with distinctive regional characteristics and the fantastic landscape are integrated to complement each other. Located in the intersection of Tibetan, Han, Qiang and Hui, Jiuzhaigou’s Tibetan culture is affected by many ethnic groups. For example, the construction of Tibetan village in Jiuzhai Valley is clearly different from the western Tibetan. 
  • Flora and Fauna: Jiuzhaigou is the first nature reserve in China with the main purpose of protecting natural scenery. The forest coverage rate of the reserve is more than 80%, there are 38 kinds of lianas and 74 kinds of national protected rare plants and 18 kinds of national protected animals such as giant panda, golden monkey and leopard. There are 122 species of terrestrial vertebrates in Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve, including 21 species of mammals, 93 species of birds, 4 species of reptiles and 4 species of amphibians.

Notice: On Aug. 8, 2017, a 7.0-magnitude quake forced the national park to close. Now the scenic spot has been open to individual tourists. The maximum number of daily visitors is 20,000.

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