Jiuzhai Valley is now closed due to an earthquake on Aug. 8th 2017. We kindly remind you to postpone your travel plan there. It is estimated to reopen in 2020. Traveling to Huanglong, Chengdu and other surrounding areas is not affected.
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 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.
It 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 || |
|Our Guests in Jiuzhai Valley |
|Map of Jiuzhaigou |
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In addition to the dreamlike sceneries, there are numerous flora and fauna in the scenic area. 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 ...
|Peak Season: Apr.1 to Nov.15 ||entrance ticket CNY 220 + tourist bus fare CNY 90 = CNY 310 |
|Low Season: Nov.16 to Mar.31 ||entrance ticket CNY 80 + tourist bus fare CNY 80 = CNY 160 |
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 tourist 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 tourist bus fare.
1. Foreigners need to present the passports when purchasing tickets and entering the park.
2. The park allows 41,000 visitors a day from Apr.1 to Nov.15 and 23,000 from Nov. 16 to Mar.31.
3. Green environmental-friendly tourist buses serve the whole scenic area. Toursits can hold the tickets to hop on and hop off the bus at designated stations.
|Peak Season: Apr.1 to Nov.15 ||7:30 - 19:00; ticket sale stops at 14:00. |
|Low Season: Nov.16 to Mar.31 || 08:30 to 18:00; ticket sale stops at 14:00. |
The hours will be prolonged during the summer vacation from July to August and some major public holidays.
How to Get to Jiuzhaigou:
|Pearl Shoal Waterfall |
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.
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Regular buses from Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station and Xinnanmen Bus Station depart around 7:00, 8:00 in the morning. It is suggested to buy the bus ticket in advance. It takes about 10-11 hours from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou.
There are approximately two buses every day between Jiuzhaigou and Songpan, 7:00, 13:00 from Songpan and 7:30, 12:50 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 Huanglong: 3 hours;
from Mianyang: 8 hours
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.
|Map of Jiuzhaigou Ring Way |
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Some driving routes are suggested below for those planning to travel with a chartered car:
1. West Line: Chengdu – Dujiangyan – Wenchuan – Maoxian – Songpan – Jiuzhai Valley (total 440 km)
2. East Line: Chengdu – Mianyang – Jiangyou – Pingwu – Nanping – Jiuzhai Valley (total 475 km)
Xian – Guangyuan – Zhaohua – Wenxian (Gansu Province) – Jiuzhai Valley (about 720 km)
1. Lanzhou – Linxia - Ruoergai Grassland – Chuanzhusi – Jiuzhai Valley (total 804 km)
2. Lanzhou – Lueyang – Chengxian – Wudu – Wenxian – Jiuzhai Valley (total 700 km)
From Dari (in southern Qinghai, adjacent to Sichuan Province)
Dari County – Aba County – Hongyuan Grassland – Mai Wa – Chuanzhusi - Jiuzhai Valley (total 768 km)