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Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide: 257 reviews and 881 photos

It was one of the unforgettable trips in China.

Jiuzhaigou is the most scenic national park of all. It has fabulous blue and green lakes, spectacular water falls of different sizes, and narrow conic karst land forms. It is inhabited by unique wildlife including birds, endangered plants and animals species like giant Panda and golden monkey. Located at the border of Tibetan Himalayan Plateau in Northern Sichuan Province, most locals here have similar culture and religion as people in the Tibetan region.

Jiuzhaigou is a valley located on the Min Shan mountain, north of Sichuan in south western of China. Due to its beautiful natural scenery, this valley has been protected by the National Park of China. People can only visit the park at specific time with park regulations. No public vehicles are allowed to enter the park, all visitors are either walking or taking the green buses to explore the scenic spots.

In summer 2006, we took a long-distant bus from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. The bus took almost a day (10 hours) to reach the town near the national park. During the journey, the bus passed by many unique villages on a narrow streets along the mountain cliffs. When we arrived, it was almost sunset. We found a hotel by a local tout. The hotel is walking distant to the park, and nearby restaurants, shops, market, internet cafes, and other hotels.

In the next morning, we started to explore the national park by foot and green buses. The park main entrance is located on the north side of valley. So, we started walking on the north (Shuzheng Valley) toward the center of the Valley, where the tourist centre was. From the centre, we took a green bus to South East of the Valley, or Zechawa Valley, then green bus to west, Riza Valley. We also visited Zharu Temple, a local Tibetan temple, looking over the Mirror cliff.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A well preserved national park with colorful lakes and waterfall!
  • Cons:can be very crowded with domestic tourists!
  • In a nutshell:A beautiful side of China not to be missed!!
  • Last visit to Jiuzhaigou: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2013
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    am trying to decide whether to go next week...for a winter visit while i have more than just weekends available to go sightseeing - or any suggestions for a better destination for about 10 days available to travel.

    • cal6060's Profile Photo
      Feb 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Harbin or Beijing will be nice ! I really hope I would spend a winter in Beijing one day

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Feb 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      i was in Beijing for truly winter one early January - very cold and very dry - quite a lot of snow - summer palace, Forbidden city very beautiful with lots of snow. then i went to Harbin for the ice festival at minus 30/35. that was 1997 i had 6 weeks in China travelling around.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Great tips

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Absolutely stunning, fantastic photos and landscape. Thanks for the virtual tour - it must be amazing visiting this area :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    What a wonderful page of yours! Your photo's are outstanding, I just wish I could come here and see this stunning area for myself. Thanks for sharing on VT!


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