Jiuzhai Valley

Jiuzhai Valley National Park (Jiuzhaigou)

 Note: Jiuzhai Valley National Park is closed due to post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, and the reopening time is unclear.

It is said that if there should be wonderlands on the earth, Jiuzhai Valley 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.

Jiuzhai Valley National Park, aka Jiuzhaigou Park, 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.

Jiuzhai Valley 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 Jiuzhai 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 Jiuzhai 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.

Ticket Price

Apr. 1 - Nov. 15 (High Season) CNY 190
Mar. 8 - 31 & Nov. 16 - Dec. 31 CNY 80

After the earthquake on Aug. 8, 2017, the scenic area reopens from Mar, 8, 2018 to Mar. 7, 2019. Only tourist groups can enter the scenic area and no entry for individuals. During this period, no more than 2,000 tickets are for sale a day.

 Preferential Policy:
1. Children and teenagers aged between 6 and 18, as well as seniors aged between 60 and 70 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 70 can enjoy free entry to the park, but without exemption of the sightseeing bus fare.

Opening Hours

7:00 - 17:00 (entering time is from 7:00 to 10:00)

Since it reopening after the earthquake, visitors need to take the sightseeing bus to visit. It costs CNY 90, and the green environmental-friendly sightseeing buses serve the whole scenic area.

How to get to Jiuzhai Valley National Park

Pearl Shoal Waterfall
Pearl Shoal Waterfall

Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou

 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 a half hours' ride from the airport to the scenic area. Currently, the airport only operates 2 air routes to Chengdu and Chongqing directly.
Please use China Flight to search for the latest schedule and price.

 By Bus:
Regular buses are available from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station at 8:00, 8:05 and 8:20 in the morning. The bus fare is CNY 141/ 158. It is suggested to buy the bus ticket in advance. Besides, the following bus can also take you to Jiuzhaigou: one from Chengdu General Bus Station at 7:10am, one from East City Bus Station at 7:00am and one from Shiyangchang Bus Station at 8:45am. It takes about 10-11 hours from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou.


Map of Jiuzhaigou Ring Way
Map of Jiuzhaigou Ring Way
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 By train:
Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou Train will be operated between the two places by the end of 2019. By then, one can make a quick rail travel within 2 hours between Jiuzhai Valley and Chengdu.

 By chartered car:
The fare is around CNY 1,000 - 1,400 for a round trip.

Others places to Jiuzhaigou

There are approximately two buses every day between Jiuzhaigou and Songpan, 9:00, 13:00 from Songpan and 6:40, 13:00 vice versa. In addition, there are regular buses from Guangyuan, Jiangyou and Mianyang to Jiuzhaigou. The bus schedule is adjusted to changes. Here is the travel time information by bus from some surrounding places to the scenic area:
from Jiangyou: 7 hours; 
from Songpan: 2 hours;
from Mianyang: 8 hours.

- Last modified on May. 13, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jiuzhai Valley National Park (Jiuzhaigou)
Asked by Eka from INDONESIA | May. 09, 2019 23:21Reply
Is Jiuzhaigou safe for adults with heart disease?
Hi. My dad got heart disease. Is it safe for him to travel there since its too high?
Answers (2)
Answered by Liam from USA | May. 12, 2019 19:51

No, it is better not to go. Anyway, the scenic area is still closed now.
Answered by Eka from INDONESIA | May. 13, 2019 03:20

Thank you Liam for your suggestion
Asked by Luisina from ARGENTINA | May. 05, 2019 06:07Reply
Hi ! I'm Luisina from Argentina, do you know if the Jiuzhaigou Park will be open in August 2019?
I cant find info in the official website...
Answers (1)
Answered by Nicole from FRANCE | May. 07, 2019 21:00

I'm afraid not. Anyway, the official site hasn't give the reopen time.
Asked by Lauren from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 11, 2019 07:57Reply
How much can you see the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area from the sightseeing bus?
Is it still worth a trip to see the pools from the bus?
Answers (3)
Answered by Shea from FINLAND | Apr. 11, 2019 22:47

You need to tour around the scenic area by taking the sightseeing bus. Generally speaking, you don't miss any major attractions. Don't worry. However, nowadays, the scenic area is closed. The reopen time is unclear.
Answered by Lauren from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 12, 2019 05:58

So, do you mean that the sightseeing bus is not running during the closure?
Answered by Shea | Apr. 14, 2019 20:59

No, the whole scenic area is closed nowadays.
Asked by Rahul K from INDIA | Mar. 18, 2019 22:41Reply
Is the Jiuzhaigou National park open in May 2019?
I plan to visit along with my wife and daughter. I am fine anytime in May. But is the National park open in May 2019?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amelia from RUSSIA | Mar. 25, 2019 00:01

Well, I am not sure. You are suggested to keep close attention to the latest news.
Asked by Gaston from ARGENTINA | Jan. 25, 2019 19:02Reply
Hello , my name is Gaston , I from Argentina. Is open Jiuzhaigou National park in May 2019?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from CANADA | Jan. 29, 2019 18:26

Oh, Gaston, it was uncertain whether that it open or not in May, 2019.
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