Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sights to See: Jiuzhaigou Valley, Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park/Jiuzhaigou Ravine, Sichuan Province, China


Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park/Jiuzhaigou Ravine  Daily 8am-6pm.  80-220 yuen, shuttle bus 80-90 yuen.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site and UN Biosphere Reserve contains some of China’s most dramatic wild landscapes.  Among the sights are steep peaks, ravines, forest, meadows, marshes, lakes, and waterfalls.  Three valleys--Rize Valley, Shuzheng Valley, and Zechawa Valley--form a “Y.”  The reserve holds 114 lakes, 47 springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids, and 5 tufa shoals.  Shuttle buses stop at each lake, but it is best to bus to the top of the valley and then walk down.  Wooden walkways circle each lake (beware that they can get slippery at waterfalls, where water spray dampens them). 

shuttle bus winds through Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
shuttle bus winds through Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China

Nuorilang Waterfall, which drains into Mirror Lake, is the widest highland waterfall in China and is this park’s symbol.

Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China





This park is extremely popular with the Chinese and is very crowded, which is particularly amazing since it is so difficult to reach.  Since opening in 1984, tourist activity has increased every year.  As of 2004, the site averages 7,000 visits per day, with a 12,000-person quota enforced during high season, but only about 3,000 foreigners visit per season.  Despite these large numbers, the area is kept pristine.


Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China


Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China


Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China

 
bridal photo at Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
bridal photo at Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China


girls take selfie at Long Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
girls take selfie at Long Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China


Tibetan prayer flags at Long Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
Tibetan prayer flags at Long Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China


leaves float on Mirror Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China
leaves float on Mirror Lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in Sichuan Province, China



More Jiuzhaigou Valley Area Sights:

Introduction to Jiuzhaigou Valley area

Huanglong National Scenic Reserve (Yellow Dragon)/Huanglong Scenic Area 

Zhangzha Town

Songpan Ancient Town  

 


Things to do in nearby Chengdu.

Things to do in China.  

More China items.

More travel articles to inspire you and help you plan some spectacular getaways.

images and video ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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