Jiuzhaigou Valley is one of China’s best-known tourist destinations on account of its beautiful landscapes of mountain and water. Jiuzhaigou Valley means “Valley of nine villages”, derived from 9 ancient Tibetan villages, hence its name. It’s located in north Sichuan Province of southwestern China. The valley is covered with dotted with more than 100 lakes.
The main scenic area stretch about 50 miles (80 kilometers) in the form of a letter “Y” composed of three valleys: Shuzheng, Rize, and Zechawa, which provide the enchanting view of the waterfall, mountains and lakes. As a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jiuzhaigou Valley attracts many tourists at home and abroad every year because of its dreamlike scenery.
Jiuzhaigou has been described as something out of some fantastical story thanks to its picturesque landscape, especially during autumn. Check out some of the most worthwhile things to do as part of your excursion to Jiuzhaigou!
Jiuzhaigou mainly shelters Tibetan people so that the language, dress and customs here have their own distinctive features. According to historical documentation, the ancestor of the Tibetan people in Jiuzhaigou was derived from a valiant Tibetan tribe.
During the early Tang Dynasty (618 CE – 907 CE), Sontzen Gampo led this tribe to conquer Songzhou of Sichuan Province. After that, some people of this tribe were left at Songzhou (present-day Jiuzhaigou). The religion here is Tibetan Buddhism which based on the indigenous Bon religion and Buddhism from India.
Tourists can not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Jiuzhaigou, but also have the chance to taste the local traditional Tibetan food in the Tibetan villages of Jiuzhaigou Valley. Notable food or snacks here include: milk products, wines (brewed from highland barley), Yak meat, Zanba, and more.
In comparison with Hong Kong, Jiuzhaigou is not a shopping paradise but you can buy some popular local items such as Chinese medical herbs, Tibetan handicrafts, Thangka, etc. Tibetan knives are very famous in China, but it is not allowed to at the airport. One thing to note is that bargaining seems to have become customary in China, so that you should feel free to do so when you shop in Jiuzhaigou.