Know About Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Valley is absolutely beautiful, naturally beautiful. People use “paradise”, “wonderland”, or “fairyland” to describe Jiuzhaigou, which tells you how beautiful it is. To me, Jiuzhaigou is a big colorful picture with a myriad of gorgeous views of lakes, waterfalls, mountains and valleys. Jiuzhaigou Valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. If you go to China, don’t miss Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Where is Jiuzhaigou Valley?  It is in Sichuan Province, approximately 330 kilometers (205 miles) southeast of Chengdu. The name Jiuzhaigou Valley is from the nine Tibetan and Qiang villages in the valley.  The Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong Airport makes it really convenient to visit Jiuzhaigou Valley. It is only 40 minutes flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou Valley.

If you want to have a big picture of Jiuzhaigou Valley, you need to remember the three valleys: Rize Valley, Zechawa Valley, and Shuzheng Valley. These three valleys form a Y shape with Rize Valley flowing from the southwest and Zechawa Valley flowing from the southeast. Then they meet at the center and form the Shuzheng valley, flowing north to the mouth of the valley.

The most amazing scene in Jiuzhaigou Valley is its numerous clear multicolored lakes and large spectacular waterfalls. What makes the lakes have different colors? The dissolved limestone and mineral deposits at the bottom of the lakes with the reflection of the colorful trees on the shore. The two waterfalls on the top of the list are Panda Lake Fall and the Pearl Shoal Fall. They are so remarkably unique that you just want to keep taking pictures.

Besides valleys, water, and trees, what else can we see in Jiuzhaigou Valley? Yes, fish, animals, and birds. They don’t want to miss the pure beauty either. According to, there are 170 species of vertebrates, 141 species of birds and 17 species of rare animals including the Giant Panda and the Sichuan Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey.

Jiuzhaigou Valley is home to the beautiful scenes we only read about in fairy tales before!

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