Fairy Pool Scenic Area

Located in Dalu Township, the Fairy Pool Scenic Area is a renowned attraction in the Jiuzhaigou Paradise. It is situated about 49 kilometers (30 miles) from the entrance to the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

The Fairy Pool Scenic Area, combining the characteristics of the Jiuzhaigou Valley and the Huanglong National Scenic Reserve, comprises about 2,000 alpine lakes and travertine pools. Pools of various shapes and sizes are scattered throughout the lush forest. The most celebrated attractions are the Golden and Silver Beach, the Double-Dragon Pool, the Divine Frog Sea, the Blue Dragon Sea, the Kermes Brooklet and the travertine waterfalls. These are the artistic treasures fashioned by nature without any artificial elements. In Tibetan, the Fairy Pool Scenic Area is called Nen'en Sangcuo. It means a place where fairies bathe. In addition to the pools, the area has the best preserved virgin forest and the greatest density of arrow bamboo in Sichuan Province. Many rare animals such as pandas, Tibetan antelopes and golden monkeys roam the forest.

Landscape features of Fairy Pool Scenic Area include the Lotus Platforms Reflecting Beautiful Colors, the Fairy Pools and the Rippling Golden Stream.

Lotus Platforms Reflecting Beautiful Colors

The Lotus Platforms Reflecting Beautiful Colors is formed by some stone dams and colorful pools. The tranquil surface of the pools reflects the sky and clouds, making a breathtaking picture.

Fairy Pools

The Fairy Pools are celebrated for the three huge colorful pools and a group of small stone dams. The colors of the dams are white or pale yellow. The calcified stones in the water resemble agates, corals and pearls. The three pools are known as the Big Lake, the Green Sea and the Big Sea, each covering an area of about 6,667 square meters (2 acres).

Rippling Golden Stream

The Rippling Golden Stream features stone dams, colorful pools, travertine streams and waterfalls.

Horses Passage

Historical and cultural attractions in the Fairy Pool Scenic Area include the Horses Passage where Songtsen Gampo and his troops once passed and the Tianbao Museum. Songtsen Gampo (617-649 or 650) was the founder of the Tibetan Regime in ancient China. Some inns and tents have been built in the willow forests along the path. Entertainment activities are also held here, such as horse races, barbecue and campfire parties, and folk performances given by Tibetan artistes.

Tianbao Museum

In the Tianbao Museum, tourists can see many lumbermen's cottages and tools. They provide evidence of the human destruction of the environment. Now visitors can plant trees or 'adopt' their own trees to make a contribution to environmental protection of the scenic area.


How to get to Fairy Pool Scenic Area

Take a bus from Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station to Jiuzhaigou County at 8:30am, and then hire a local car to the scenic area.

Ticket Fare

Adults Children between
1 - 1.3m (3.3 - 4.3 feet)
Entrance Fee Apr. 1 - Nov. 10 CNY 100 CNY 90
Nov. 11 - Mar. 31 CNY 80 CNY 65
Sightseeing Bus Fee CNY 90 CNY 70
Electric Car Fee CNY 40 CNY 30
Note: 1. This scenic area holds no more than 2,000 people per day ensuring that tourists can enjoy the most appealing sceneries and the best services.
2. Free for children under 1m.

Opening Hours

8:00 - 18:00
- Last modified on Sep. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Fairy Pool Scenic Area
Asked by amalia paola from ITALY | Sep. 26, 2017 02:46Reply
Hi, due to the earthquake I would like to know if even the Fairy Pool will be closed until 2018.
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Answered by Wendy from USA | Sep. 26, 2017 03:45

The scenic area is open as usual. You can still visit.
Asked by Launua from INDONESIA | Mar. 26, 2015 20:47Reply
Fairy pool
1. Early March condition visiting fairy pool?
2. Your post shows"eletric car" and "sightseeing bus". Is it available on site?
3. Estimate time needed for the trip
4. Any website for the site?

Thank you in advance for your information and time for giving so much informations here.
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Answered by Nancy from INDIA | Mar. 27, 2015 01:04

1. At that time, there is still efficient water in the fairy lake, and it looks like a beauty with a mystery blue mirror.
2. Yes, they are available. There are sightseeing buses running, and it will stop at every scenic stop, you can get off to enjoy the lake and get on the next bus to the next spot.
3. You need an entire day to cover all the spots in the valley.
4. I'm afraid there is no English website for reference.
Answered by Launua from INDONESIA | Mar. 27, 2015 03:26

Thank you, Nancy.

My bad, when I wrote fairy pool I refer the one looks like Huanglong with the travertine landscape.
Cannot found any information about the fairy pool which I mean the "mini" Huanglong.

Is it accessible in early March?
Any information the opening hour and can I do it for half day?

Thanks once more for your prompt reply Nancy.
Have a great weekend...
Answered by Baby from FRANK | Mar. 27, 2015 04:54

1. Oh, yes it is acessible in March. The openning hours of the lake is from 08:30 to 15:00. But scenery may not be as beautiful as in warm time.
2. Sightseeing buses are operated inside the scenic area.
3. 1 - 2 hours is enough to cover the spots.
4. Sorry I don't find a website for it.
Answered by Launua from INDONESIA | Mar. 27, 2015 05:38

Appreciated much your information, Baby.
Have a fabulous weekend..
Asked by Nancy Jenster from MALAYSIAN | Mar. 25, 2015 20:32Reply
DALU Fairy Lakes=Immortal Lakes? Altitude?
Hi there,
Are the Dalu Fairy lakes the same as the Dalu immortal Lakes? What is the altitude? Do people get altitude sickness? Is there a cable car, or bus that takes you up to the top to see the lakes, or do you have to climb up the 300 steps?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nicole from GREECE | Mar. 26, 2015 01:31

Yes, it is the same one. The altitude is about 2,400 yards (2200 meters). Seldom do people get altitude sickness in there. As I know, there are battery car in the area.
Asked by gem from CANADA | Jan. 21, 2015 02:05Reply
Hi, are people allowed to go into the water of the fairy pools in Jiuzhaigou?
Just wondering

Answers (1)
Answered by Alisa from FRANCE | Jan. 21, 2015 03:39

I'm afraid you cannot.
Asked by Fran and joerg from GERMANY | Jun. 30, 2014 04:20Reply
How to go to the pools in Jiuzhaigou from zhangza town
Hi, We are currently in zhangza town and our guesthouse cannot help us with organising our day trip to the pools. Can you suggest the name of a driver or an hotel or tour agency of yours? How much will transportation cost?
Thank you very much in advance
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Answered by Kevin from SINGAPORE | Jul. 01, 2014 03:57

This town is only around 10min's driving distance to the valley for the pool. So I suggest you rent a van in this town to get there easily, but I am not clear about the fee. Upon getting there, u can easily find a tour guide!

Also I heard there is a Tourism Distributing Center at this town. Go and try to find a tour or van to the valley! Good luck!

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