Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park

It is said that if there should be wonderlands on the earth, Jiuzhaigou National Park must be one of them. There is no equal elsewhere that has sceneries and fables of dreamlike eloquence, or natural purities like a fairyland as it.

Jiuzhaigou National Park, aka Jiuzhai Valley National Park or Jiuzhaigou Valley, is located in Jiuzhaigou County, 450 kilometers (280 miles) to the north of Chengdu. Its name is due to the existence of nine stockaded villages of Tibetan origin, and it is always regarded as a holy mountain and watercourse by the Tibetan people.

Jiuzhaigou National Park is a great masterpiece of nature having dreamlike scenery, which combines blue lakes, waterfalls, verdant forests, snow-covered mountains, and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang peoples. Legend has it that long long ago the deity of mountain named Dago had a crush on the goddess Semo, and he gave a mirror that was made from wind and cloud to the goddess. However, the devil appeared and made trouble to Semo. Inadvertently, Semo broke the mirror into 108 pieces, which fell down to the earth and then turned to 108 colorful lakes. The lake is also called Haizi by local people.

Five-Flower Lake
Five-Flower Lake
Our Guests in Jiuzhaigou Valley
Our Guests in Jiuzhaigou Valley

Map of Jiuzhaigou
Map of Jiuzhaigou
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In addition to the dreamlike sceneries, there are numerous flora and fauna in Jiuzhaigou National Park. The natural forest covers an area of nearly 30,000 hectares (about 74,132 acres), including 2,576 higher plant species (24 species of national protected plants) and over 400 lower plant species (212 species of algae). The diversity of flora has provided a good environment for wild animals.  There are 170 species of vertebrates, 141 species of birds and 17 species of rare animals. Among them the first rank has giant pandas, takins and golden monkeys and the second rank has lesser pandas, marmots, and blue sheep.

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area covers more than 600 square kilometers (about 230 square miles). Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley and Zechawa Valley are the three main valleys, but the sceneries are far more than you expect. There are Panda Lake Waterfall which has the longest drop in Jiuzhaigou Valley and freezes to a crystal world in winter, the giant calc-sinter beach Pearl Beach, the Arrow Bamboo Lake that has a large area of bamboo, the favorite food of pandas, and Swan Lake where swans inhabit ...

The best time to visit Jiuzhaigou is autumn, especially September and October. Besides, with the snow scenery, Jiuzhaigou winter is attracting.

Entrance Fee

Apr. 1 - Nov. 15 CNY 220
Nov. 16 - Mar. 31 CNY 80

Tourists need to book a ticket online at least one day before visiting, as there is no tickt counter at the entrance.

 Preferential Policy:
1. Children and teenagers aged 7-18, as well as seniors aged 60-64 can enjoy half price of the entrance ticket with their certificates of identification, but without preference on the sightseeing bus.
2. Children aged 6 or younger and those under 1.2 m (3.9 ft), as well as seniors aged above 65 can enjoy free entry to the park, but without exemption of the sightseeing bus fare.

Opening Hours

Apr. 1 - Nov. 15: 8:00 - 17:00
Nov. 16 - Mar. 31: 8:30 - 17:00

Visitors need to take the sightseeing bus to enter the scenic area. The green environmental-friendly sightseeing buses serve the whole scenic area. The bus fare is CNY 90 from April 1 to November 15, and CNY 80 from November 16 to March 31.

How to get to Jiuzhaigou National Park from Chengdu

Pearl Shoal Waterfall
Pearl Shoal Waterfall

 By Air:
Jiuhuang Airport is about 88 kilometers (55 miles) from the mouth of the valley and about 53 kilometers (33 miles) from Huanglong. It takes 40 minutes to fly from Chengdu to the airport and nearly two hours' driving from the airport to the scenic area. Currently, the airport only operates direct air routes to Chengdu.

 By Bus:
Regular buses are available from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station at 8:20 in the morning, and from Chadianzi Bus Station at 10:10. The bus fare is CNY 168 / 238. It is advised to buy the bus ticket in advance.

Map of Jiuzhaigou Ring Way
Map of Jiuzhaigou Ring Way
(Click to enlarge)

 By Train + Bus
Direct Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou Train with a duration of 2 hours will be operated in 2024. At present passengers can take a 1.5 hours bullet train from Chengdu to Zhenjiangguan Railway Station, the nearest high speed train station from Jiuzhaigou, where tourists can take a direct bus to Jiuzhaigou. The bus departs at 09:20, 12:40 and 18:10, taking CNY 48-98 with a duration of 2 hours and 50 minutes.

 Further Reading: Best Way to Travel between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou

How to get to Jiuzhaigou National Park from Xi'an?

At present, there are no direct flights from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou. Visitors need to get to Chengdu first, and then follow the Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou guide above. From Xi'an to Chengdu, they can conveniently take high speed trains at Xi'an North Railway Station and the train journey only takes about 2.5 hours.

 Further Reading: How to Travel between Xi’an and Jiuzhaigou

 Read More: 15 Most Beautiful Places in China

- Last updated on Mar. 15, 2024 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Jiuzhaigou National Park
Asked by Chuasan from SINGAPORE | Mar. 18, 2024 14:25Reply
Day trip
Is it possible to book a 2 days trip to jiuzhaigou upon reach Chengdu? Any travel agency to recommend.
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Mar. 18, 2024 23:11

This website, TravelChinaGuide, is actually an experienced agency in China tours. Here is one of their Jiuzhaigou itineraries: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/package/chengdu/
If you don't like it, you can contact them to tailor make one based on your requirement. Have a nice day~
Asked by shanni from SINGAPORE | Mar. 12, 2024 07:24Reply
can foreigners not residing in china go jiuzhaigou now?
do we need any permit or anything? which website do we book tickets from?
Answers (3)
Answered by Randy | Mar. 13, 2024 01:49

You can visit Jiuzhaigou as long as you hold a valid passport. You can book the ticket on ABATOUR.COM with your passport.
Answered by tse | Apr. 02, 2024 02:28

Good afternoon. I can't access the ABATOUR.COM website. Can I buy the tickets at the park?
Answered by Keith | Apr. 02, 2024 19:10

Sorry that they don't sell on-site tickets.
Asked by Brendan from SINGAPORE | Dec. 13, 2023 05:58Reply
Opening Hour
Can I visit Jiuzhaigou in March? because I only see entrance fees from April onwards
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Dec. 13, 2023 18:04

Yes, of course you can.
Asked by Therese Ching from SINGAPORE | Sep. 27, 2023 00:00Reply
is the hotel still existing? Jiuzhai tian tang hotel
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul | Sep. 27, 2023 20:07

Yes, it is still there.
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