Jiuzhaigou Sichuan Province, approximate 250 miles (400 kilometers) away from Chengdu. With the area of just over 23,000 square miles (60,000 square kilometers), the present name, Jiuzhaigou, is derived from the nine villages where Tibetans once lived near the ravine. Rising about 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level, Jiuzhaigou is covered by the dense virgin forest among which are distributed 108 lakes.
The beauty of Jiuzhaigou revolves around these lakes. The waterfalls cascade into a tranquil pond making a glistening turbulence. The romantic nooks in the waterfall are veiled by curtains of water.
In the 1970s, Jiuzhaigou was discovered by several lumbermen by chance. In 1975, a team from the Agricultural Department made a comprehensive exploration and concluded that Jiuzhaigou is rich in the resources of wildlife, water, and minerals, and is a rare natural sight.
With a forest covering over 7,700 square miles (20 thousand square kilometers), Jiuzhaigou is the home to various types of wildlife. It shelters many kinds of rare and endangered animals like giant pandas, cloud leopards, lesser pandas, and golden cats. Jiuzhaigou also boasts a rich variety of flora with over 3,000 species and subspecies of trees and plants including more than 60 kinds of pine trees and 70 kinds of medicinal herbs.
The scenic area of Jiuzhaigou includes Baojingyan, Shuzheng, Rize, Jianyan, Changhai and Zharu, among which Rize and Shuzheng are the most famous. The Mirror Lake has more than 40 lakes which reflect light as well as mirrors. Shuzheng main scenery in Rize lies in the number of waterfalls such as Pearl Shoal Waterfall, Panda Waterfall, High Falls, and so on. High Falls is the highest waterfall in Jiuzhaigou.
The main scenery in Shuzheng is Potted Landscape Shoal, Shuzheng Waterfall, Reed Sea. At 8 and half miles (13.8 kilometers) long, Shuzheng is the gate of Jiuzhaigou, which is considered a miniature version of Jiuzhaigou.
Jiuzhaigou has four distinctive seasons with charming views. When bright blossoms erupt in spring, the whole of Jiuzhaigou bursts into color. In summer, Jiuzhaigou is veiled under the lush shady trees. Colorful lakes like pearls sparkle in the green. Jiuzhaigou presents another view in autumn when the leaves turn red and float on the lakes after falling from the trees. Jiuzhaigou in winter is covered by the snow, becoming even more tranquil and picturesque.
Admission Fee: 220RMB (from Apr. 1st to Nov. 15th ); 80RMB (from Nov.16 to Mar.31 of the following year)
Open Time: 7:00 – 19:00