Zhuzheng Valley is a northern main branch of Jiuzhaigou Valley. This valley, 14 kilometers long, can be regarded as the epitome of Jiuzhaigou, which is dotted with more than 40 lakes, waterfalls and rude mills and plank bridges. Going downhill in the valley, the visitor can see such attractions as Heye Village, Bonsai Shoal, Reed Lake, Nuorilang Falls, Nuorilang Lakes, Sleeping Dragon Lake and so on.
Highlights of Shuzheng Valley
Heye Village is the first village you will encounter in Shuzheng Valley. As the largest Tibetan village among the nine villages of Jiuzhaigou, Heye Village is well-known for its traditional Tibet-style buildings and pastoral view. Behind the Heye Village stands a high pine tree at the age of hundreds of years. This pine tree is hung with numerous Khatags so that it is called Guest-Greeting Pine.
Nuorilang Falls, near the junction of the valleys, is 24.5 meters high and 270 meters wide. Nuorilang, in the Tibetan language, means God which symbolizes height and magnificence. The year-round waterfall sees its best flow in late summer and autumn. Facing the waterfall, a sightseeing stage was built to help you get the panoramic view of the waterfall.
There is a service center for tourists, about 300 meters away from the waterfall. The service center offers well-qualified buffet with reasonable price and good environment. It is also the only restaurant in Jiuzhangou scenic area.
Rising 2,592 meters above the sea level, Nuorilang Lakes contains series of respective 18 lakes formed by the passages of glaciers. The color of the lakes changes with the changing of four seasons. In summer and spring, the lakes take on the color of blue. In autumn, the lakes became multi-colored due to trees growing around the lakes. In winter, the lakes are covered with ices which make the lakes look like a series of silver plates.
Sleeping Dragon Lake
Sleeping Dragon is a typical representative of blue lakes. It is one of the lower lakes in the area. With a depth of 20 meters, it is well-known for its visible calcareous dike running through the lake.