Jiuzhaigou is a World Heritage-listed scenic area of outstanding beauty in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, about 400 kilometers north of the capital city of Sichuan Province, Chengdu. The scenic area is over 80 kilometers long and covers an area of 60,000 hectares. It is so called because there are nine villages of Tibetan people here, and the name Jiuzhaigou means “Nine-Village Valley”.
There are six scenic spots in Jiuzhaigou area, namely Changhai, Jianyan, Nuorilang, Shuzheng, Zharu and Heihai. It is such a world renowned scenic area because of its cascading waterfalls, snowy peaks, colorful forests and green lakes. For many visitors the Tibetan people in the area count as another attraction adding an ethnic flavor to this fabulous area.
The sides of the valleys are covered in dense vegetation. The wildlife here is shy, but the range is equally impressive, including 27 protected rare and endangered species like the giant panda, golden monkey, gnu, white-lip deer, black-neck crane, swan, lovebirds, red-belly golden pheasant, snow leopard, forest musk deer, and otters. However, visitors are more likely to spot some of the 141 bird species than one of the very few pandas remaining in the park.
It is an extravaganza of natural wonders, a pure unspoiled land which contains waterfalls, alpine lakes, tranquil grasslands, snowy mountains views and Tibetan villages. You won’t know what the area will offer until you have been there. Jiuzhaigou is incredibly picturesque particularly in autumn when the mountains, valleys, lakes are shrouded in autumn colors. Warm days, cool nights, and great vistas of saturated yellows, reds, and green mixed with the blue lake water are autumn scenes of Jiuzhaigou.