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Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou Valley is one of China’s best-known tourist attraction on account of its beautiful landscape of mountain and water. Jiuzhaigou Valley means “Valley of nine villages”, derived from 9 ancient Tibetan villages, hence the name. It locates on the north Sichuan Province of the southwestern China. The valley is covered with old-growth forest dotted with 108 lakes. The main scenic area stretch about 80 kilometers in the form of a letter “Y” composing of three valleys Shuzheng, Rize and Zechawa which provide the enchanting view of waterfall, mountains and lakes. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jiuzhaigou Valley attracts many tourists at home and abroad every year because of its dreamlike scenery. Travelling to Jiuzhaigou will be an enjoyable lifetime experience.

Things To Do

Enjoy the picturesque scenery in the valley

The first thing to do in the valley, of course, is to enjoy the picturesque view in the valley. The colors of its lakes, mountains and trees are combined to provide a fairyland world. The valley has different but magnificent views in four seasons. In winter, the lakes and waterfalls are frozen and mountains and trees are covered with snow, which makes the whole valley a white world. Summers can be slightly crowded with beautiful sunshine and it rains in July and August. Autumn is the best season to visit Jiuzhaigou which has its most beautiful appearance.

Buy Qiang Embroidery

Qing embroidery is a typical handworks in Jiuzhaigou which you can buy as a souvenir to your family and friends. Qiang people still wear embroider costumes with beautiful patterns.

Eat Tibetan food and Drink Tibetan tea or wine

You can taste the typical Tibetan food and snacks in the Tibetan villages of the valley or drink local barley wine, buttered tea and Yacha tea. The price of food in the village is very expensive. Outside the valley, a surprising amount of bars and restaurants can be found in Bianbian Street.

Purchase Local Products

Jiuzhaigou is rich in Chinese medical herbs, so you can buy some medical herbs if you need. As for younger ladies, there are a number of Tibetan trinkets which are not very expensive. Tibetan knives are also typical local products, but it is not allowed to consign in the airport.

Best Time to Visit

Jiuzhaigou weather in four seasons offers distinctive gorgeous views. At the end of spring and beginning of autumn, Jiuzhaigou is most visited by large number of tourists compared with other time. The best time to visit Jiuzhaigou is October but it is little crowded. In the late autumn, trees on the mountain take on different colors which are reflected in the lakes so the multi-colored lakes appear. This period is also the best time to travel to Jiuzhaigou. Because of the changeable of Jiuzhaigou climate, you should check the Jiuzhaigou weather in advance.

Jiuzhaigou Attractions

With its outstanding natural view, Jiuzhaigou can be considered as a fairyland on the earth. Owing to its waterscapes formed by combining with waterfalls, rivers, shoals and 108 colorful lakes, Jiuzhaigou is inundated with tourists every year. Besides its natural beauty , visitors are also encouraged to have a Jiuzhaigou tour by the unique Tibetan buildings and customs.

Jiuzhaigou attraction page lists you the most popular places to visit in Jiuzhaigou and you can also choose one of our Jiuzhaigou tour packages to enjoy the natural beauty.

Huanglong Scenic Area
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Rize Valley
Shuzheng Valley
Zechawa Valley

Jiuzhaigou Tours

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8 Days Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou & Mt. Emei Tour (INSC0701)

From$3,999$2,199
8 Days and 6 Nights
An amazing tour to explore Szechuan deeply. Get ready to enjoy a great masterpiece of nature at Jiuzhaigou. The other beautiful mountain scenery, Mountain Emei, is also included in this tour. Mt. Emei is protected by the UNESCO as a sacred Buddhist Mountain in China.
Affordable

7 Days Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong & Dujiangyan Tour (INSC0601)

From$3,999$1,999
7 Days and 5 Nights
Have you ever tried the Szechuan food before? This is a great opportunity to try the real Szechuan food in Chengdu! Also, you may see the giant pandas and relax your self in the natural view in Jiuzhaigou as well.
Affordable

18 Days Scenic China with Jiuzhaigou & Zhangjiajie Avatar Tour (INCH1701)

From$5,699$4,299
18 Days and 16 Nights
This popular China package includes modern metropolis like Beijing and Shanghai. It also includes paradises of nature views like Jiuzhaigou and Zhangjiajie. The bullet train experience is included as well. This package is our most valuable package, including diverse destinations and activities.

Jiuzhaigou Culture

Jiuzhaigou mainly shelters Tibetan people so that the language,costumes and customs here have its own distinctive feature. According to historical document, the ancestor of Tibetan people in Jiuzhaigou was derived from valiant Tibetan tribe who once present-day Maqu County of Gansu Province. In the early Tang Dynasty(618AD-907AD), Sontzen Gampo led this strong 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 Bon religion and Buddhism. Some typical customs and taboos will be introduced in the following paragraphs.

Culture

Jiuzhaigou mainly shelters Tibetan people so that the language,costumes and customs here have its own distinctive feature. According to historical document, the ancestor of Tibetan people in Jiuzhaigou was derived from valiant Tibetan tribe who once present-day Maqu County of Gansu Province. In the early Tang Dynasty(618AD-907AD), Sontzen Gampo led this strong 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 Bon religion and Buddhism. Some typical customs and taboos will be introduced in the following paragraphs.

Spinning prayer wheel

Spinning prayer wheel is very popular among Tibetan society. The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. When prayers spin as they walk clockwise around the wheel, they have to recite the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Then the prayers will get protection from his benefaction.

Deduo Festival

From winter solstice to the early spring of following year, it is very prone to break our fire so that Lama is invited to chant sutras for avoiding fire. This festival is composed of two ceremonies including keeping the fire ceremony and driving the fire ceremony. During keeping ceremony, a member from every family should be sent to keep Peng (a simple building was constructed before ceremony). Before 12 o’clock in the evening, villagers begin to walk and sing around Peng to warn against fire.

Tibetan Opera

Tibetan Opera, also called Ace Lhamo in Tibetan, is Tibetan folk opera found in the 14th century by Thang Tong Gyalpo, a Lama and a bridge constructor. The opera is characterized with the mask worn by performers. The different colors of mask represent various meanings. Blue and black symbolize the working people; Red represents king; green is princess and yellow is gods. There are many masks with the patterns of kinds of animals.

Taboos

When greeting or seeing off a guest, smile at him or her and bend your body toward your guest. When you are asked to sit down in the room, you should cross your legs. When you are given a gift, you should accept it with both hands Donkey, horse and dog meat is forbidden to eat in Tibetan area. Don’t eat mouthful and chew noisily. Don’t spit and clap behind Tibetan. Don’t touch Tibetan calvaria.

Jiuzhaigou Food

Tourists can not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery, but also have a taste of local traditional Tibetan food in Tibetan villages in Jiuzhaigou Valley. The notable food or snacks here include: milk products, wines (brewed from highland barleys), Yak meat, Zanba, and so on.

Food

Tourists can not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery, but also have a taste of local traditional Tibetan food in Tibetan villages in Jiuzhaigou Valley. The notable food or snacks here include: milk products, wines (brewed from highland barleys), Yak meat, Zanba, and so on.

What to eat in Jiuzhaigou

Milk Products

The people in Jiuzhaigou are used to raising dairy cow so that Jiuzhaigou is rich in milk. Tibetan people use the milk to make all sorts of milk products such as cheese, milk dregs, milk creme, yoghourt, which cannot be eaten or drunk in other places of Sichuan Province.

Potato Zanba

As a staple food of Tibetans, potato Zanba is very typical food in Jiuzhaigou, but it is not eaten in common restaurants so that you have to taste it in Jiuzhaigou County. When cooking, the steamed potatoes are put into wooden tubs and then pounded to ropy lumps. Then the lumps will be cooked with pickled vegetable and peppers. It is a convenient fast food, which Tibetans take wherever they go, to graze, to travel.

Yak Meat

Yak Meat is preserved in sauce and other ingredients. It is cut into slices as a salad with pepper powder. Now, the yak meat is processed and put into vacuum bags which become convenient for tourists to take to their families and friends as gifts.

Blood Sausage

Blood sausages are very famous food in Tibetan society, which are always used to welcome distinguished guests by Tibetans. The nutritious and delicious food is made of blood, spice, yak meat or pork.

Buckwheat Noodles

Buckwheat flour can be cooked into bread and noodle and some other food. As a kind of roughages, buckwheat noodles are tasteful and very good for your health.

Yacha Tea

Yacha Tea is made of branches and leaves of tea plant. It is produced in Yaan area, hence the name. In Ming Dynasty(1271AD-1368AD), it was named Ma (literally Horses) Tea. And in Qing Dynasty(1636AD-1912AD), it was called “Bian tea”. Because Tibetans eat too much meat and a little vegetable so that they are short of vitamins. Drinking this tea can provide vitamins. It is also a component to remove smell of milk when processing buttered tea.

Where to Eat in Jiuzhaigou

Inside the Valley, you can have a taste of typical Tibetan food in the Tibetan villages. There is a Tourists Service Center in Nuorilang which provides buffet with price from 40RMB to 140RMB. Besides, take-away food can be bought outside the center.
Outside the valley, there are some restaurants in Bianbian Street where the price of food is cheaper than that inside the valley. You can also have your lunch at Pengfeng Village nearby where you can find more restaurants.

Jiuzhaigou Shopping

By comparison with Hong Kong, Jiuzhaigou is not 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 consign in the airport. By the way, bargaining seems to become a custom in China, so that you should bargain when you shop in Jiuzhaigou.

Shopping

By comparison with Hong Kong, Jiuzhaigou is not 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 consign in the airport. By the way, bargaining seems to become a custom in China, so that you should bargain when you shop in Jiuzhaigou.

What to Buy in Jiuzhaigou

Chinese medical herbs

Jiuzhaigou Valley shelters various kinds of plants among which many are offcinal. Jiuzhaigou is also one of major place to grow medical herbs which is used to cure illnesses by people in Jiuzhaigou. The famous and rare herbs include: angelica, aweto, saffron, vermiculate thamnolia thallus, and so on.

Thangka

Thangka, also known as Thang-ga and Tangka, is a Tibetan silk painting with embroidery, usually concerned with Buddhist themes in Tibet. Tangka is the pronunciation of the Tibetan language, meaning scroll painting, which takes the Tibetan history and Buddhism classics as the basic subject matter, and with the Tibetan characteristics. Thangka is very famous local product in Jiuzhaigou.

Qiang Embroideries

Tourists can also buy Qiang embroidery as souvenir. With beautiful geometric patterns, Qiang embroideries has a long history in Qiang minority. Now, many Qiang people still wear traditional embroidered costumes. Typical works of the Qing embroidery are Yunyun shoes and embroidered aprons which are worthwhile to buy as souvenirs.

Tibetan Knives

Tibetan knives are famous for its special producing way in the world. Tibetan knives are indispensable tools for Tibetan race. The knives are separated into such three kinds as long broadswords, coutels and penknives, according to their length. The long broadswords can reach one meter. Coutels are about 40 cm and penknives about 10 cm. Tibetan knives are forged by steels with sharp edge and polished faces. The hilts of knives are decorated with gems and agates. For foreign tourists, you’d better not buy Tibetan knives because they are not allowed to consign in the airport.

Where to buy in Jiuzhaigou

There is no large departments or supermarkets in Jiuzhaigou, but some shops and small supermarket can meet tourists’ needs. There is a market near the entrance of the valley where you can buy some local products and Tibetan trinkets.

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