Located in Ngawa Tibetan-Qiang Prefecture, Jiuzhai Valley (Nine Villages Valley) is so-named because of the nine Tibetan villages along the valley. It is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and is just like a wonderland for visitors, with adarce lakes, waterfalls, and floodland. Jiuzhai Valley has five stunning landscapes: Green Sea, Overlapping Creeks, Colorful Forests, Snow Peaks and Tibetan Villages.
Stretching for 651.34km, Jiuzhai Valley gets its name from the nine Tibetan villages, including Shuzheng Village, Heye Village, Zechawa Village, etc. The annual average temperature is 6-14°C without severe cold in winter and extreme heat in summer. It is surrounded by steep mountains, of which ten reaching clouds, are snow peaks all the year round. The amazing water gathers at the river valley and forms a scenic area centered on mountain lakes, waterfalls and travertine beaches unique in China and rear in the World. There are 114 lakes in trapezoidal distribution, 17 waterfalls, 5 travertine beach lands, 47 springs and 11 turbulences with altitude difference of 1,870m, traveling among the forests and valleys between the 12 snow peaks, linking like a Y-shaped string of jade beads and winding for about 60km. The lakes vary from small one of several square meters to the biggest of 7km in length. Jiuzhai Valley, combining primitive beauty, natural beauty and rustic beauty, is of high tour viewing value and scientific value.
As with everywhere throughout Sichuan, the food is the highlight of any visit. Typical Tibetan fare includes spiced sparrow with walnuts, fried yak meat, buttered tea, qingke liquor, and other local specialties. Also potato tsampa, Jiuzhai Valley persimmon cakes, buckwheat cakes, Jiuzhai Valley pickled Chinese cabbage, and many other local delicacies are there for the sampling.
Overnight stays in the scenic zone are not permitted. Even if you have not finished your day trip, you will have to leave the area and stay at one of the many hotels near the entrance. Forward-planning is strongly advised, and booking online or by phone in advance is recommended.
Located in Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, Shuzheng Lakes, consisting of 20-30 small or large lakes distributed in a terrace shape with total length of 13.8km, are the gate to the beautiful scenery of Jiuzhai Valley. These lakes, surrounded by dense cypress, pine, fir and other green trees, stretch for several miles with altitude difference of nearly 100m. The lake water crosses the embankment from the upstream, falls into the lower lake and forms the superposed waterfall.
In Tibetan, Nuorilang means the charming man (tall and upright), so Nuorilang Waterfall means the grand waterfall. The water from Nuorilang Lakes falls from the top as if it were dumped from the Milky Way and the roar reverberates in the valley. The water prevails in the South with pressing chill and drizzly mist. When the sun shines on the water in the morning, the rainbows are often seen hanging over the valley, which add charms to the fascinating waterfall.
Colorful Pond is the essence of lakes in Jiuzhai Valley with dark blue at the upper half and orange red at the lower half, sky blue on the left and olivaceous on the right.Spirogyra, stonewort, floating fern and other aquatic plant community and reed, commelina diffusa, Chinese alpine rush and other herbaceous plants are growing in the lake. Different colors are reflected due to the different shades of chlorophylls in the aquatic community and rich calcium carbonate in the lake water.
Pearl Shoal Waterfall
Pearl Shoal is a vast fan-shaped travertine beach land and on the flavescens travertine beach land, the clear water is rushing down. Water from Pearl Shoal falls from the cliff and forms a crescent-shaped Pearl Shoal Waterfall. With maximum drop of 40m, the waterfall is roaring and splendid. The plank path on the left is the best angle for sightseeing.
High Season (Apr. 1 to Nov. 15): RMB 220; Low Season (Dec. 16 to Mar.31)
7:00-19:00 (High Season, Apr.1 to Nov.15); 8:00-17:30 (Low Season, Dec. 16 to Mar.31)
Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan
Take a bus from Ximen Bus Station in Chengdu to Songpan, and then hire a car for the remainder of the journey to Jiuzhai Valley. Alternatively, take a flight to Jiuyang and then a car to Jiuzhai Valley, which will take about 1? hours.
Tibetan meals, spiced sparrow with walnuts, fried yak meat, buttered tea, qingke liquor, and other local specialties. You may also try potato tsampa, Jiuzhai Valley persimmon cakes, buckwheat cakes, Jiuzhai Valley pickled Chinese cabbage, and other local delicacies.
In principle, overnight stays in the scenic zone are not permitted. Even if you have not finished your day trip, you will have to leave the area and stay at one of the many hotels near the entrance. You are well advised to book online or by phone in advance.