Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park

 Note: Jiuzhaigou National Park has reopened on Sep. 27, 2019. However, individual tourists are not received at the initial stage.

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 169
Nov. 16 - Mar. 31 CNY 80

After the earthquake on Aug. 8, 2017, the scenic area has reopened on Sep. 27, 2019. Only tourist groups can enter the scenic area and no entry for individuals. No more than 8,000 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

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 a half hours' ride from the airport to the scenic area. Currently, the airport only operates direct air routes to Chengdu.
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 Jiuzhaigou National Park and Chengdu.

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

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 catch a flight or bus to Jiuzhaigou. 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.

- Last modified on Nov. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jiuzhaigou National Park
Asked by Laikuen from MALAYSIA | Nov. 03, 2019 04:48Reply
When will train from chengdu to jiuzhaigou operational?
Answers (1)
Answered by Connelly from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 05, 2019 22:13

There is no news about the train between these two cities. In stead of that, you can take a coach from Xinnanmen or Chadianzi Coach Station to there directly.
Asked by One from THAILAND | Sep. 28, 2019 01:55Reply
I plan to visit Jiuzhaigou 2 days on November 15-16th, 2019 by myself.
If individual tourists are not allowed what i am supposed to do?
How to buy the ticket or Do you have name's agency that sale the ticket?
Answers (2)
Answered by Mary from SINGAPORE | Sep. 29, 2019 20:17

Visitors currently need to book tickets and collect identity information through the travel agency, then pass face verification to enter the scenic area.
Answered by Ben from THAILAND | Oct. 03, 2019 02:47

any travel tour in china can do this ? maybe i walk on chengdu street to register ...
Asked by PS from MSIA | Sep. 23, 2019 18:13Reply
I will take bus from Langmusi to Zoige to Songpan (as there no direct bus) in one day.
Do I still able to catch bus to JiuZhai Park entrance within the day once i arrived Songpan?
Need help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 25, 2019 20:15

It sounds impossible. By the way, part of attractions of Jiuzhaigou open to the public from 8:30 to 17:00.
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