Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Jiuzhaigou Facts

Jiuzhaigou MapChinese Name: 九寨沟县 (jǐu zhài gōu xiàn)
Location: Located in the north of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou County, previously known as Nanping County, is part of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Since the opening of the Jiuzhaigou National Park in 1984, visitors have flocked to the region year by year, and the prosperous tourist industry accounts for a large proportion of local revenue.

Population: 67,945
Area:  5,290 square kilometers ( 2,042 square miles)
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Qiang, Tibetan
Administrative Division: 2 towns (Nanping, Zhangzha); 13 countries (Yonghe, Baihe, Lingjiang, Heihe, Yuwa, Dalu, Shuanghe, Baohua, Luoyi, Wujiao, Majia, Guoyuan, Caodi); 10 communities; 120 Administrative Villages

 Note: Jiuzhaigou National Park has reopened on Sep. 27, 2019.

With some of the most beautiful and inspiring scenery on earth and some of the reserves scenic spots considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang people, it is no wonder a number of mysterious legends surround the wonderful landscape of Jiuzhaigou. Many people are drawn to the area for these reasons, and with the park open all year round the authorities have ensured that the fragile environment is sufficiently protected with a range of comprehensive facilities.  

Panda Lake
Panda Lake
Tiger Lake
Tiger Lake 
Charming scenery of Jiuzhaigou
Five-Flower Lake
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In previous years it had been difficult for visitors to get there due to its isolated location, however this is no longer a concern due to the construction of the Jiuzhaigou Ring Way which links the reserve with Chengdu and the Jiuhuang Airport, and has made gaining access to the park a great deal easier. Jiuhuang Airport operates direct flights to/from Chengdu and Chongqing at present. About the transportation inside the county, there were sightseeing buses in the Jiuzhaigou Valley. However, the buses are suspended because the scenic area is closed now due to the earthquake. There is no train service now. However, Jiuzhaigou Railway Station, which is under construction, will open in 2019 along with the operation of the Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu Train.

Multi-Color Pond
Multi-Color Pond, Huanglong Valley
Bonsai Lake, Huanglong Valley
Bonsai Lake, Huanglong Valley

 Local Highlights:
Historically, the region has been home to small population of Tibetan and Qiang people, and provides a good opportunity to get to know more about the locals' unique life and culture. The highlight of any visit to these areas are special performances laid on by the Tibetan and Qiang people which are also a popular form of the local nightlife.

 Special Local Products:
Trying some of the typical local foods and picking up a number of the reasonably-priced, locally-produced goods of the Tibetan and Qiang groups are something of a must during your visit. This area has been blessed with some of the most captivating landscapes on earth and words simply do not do it justice, and so you are encouraged to visit at the earliest opportunity.

 Physical Features:
Lying on the highest tableland in the world between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Jiuzhaigou covers altitudes ranging from 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) to about 4,300 meters (14,107 feet). With a large number of lake groups, waterfalls and a rich variety of endangered plants and fauna, it was awarded the status of UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1997 and was also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The reserve has received a string of other titles including that of a National Geological Park, a AAAAA Class Scenic Spot in China and a Green Globe 21.

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- Last modified on Oct. 31, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jiuzhaigou Travel
Asked by Amy leong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 27, 2019 03:38Reply
Do I need to find a travel agent in order to visit Jiuzhai National Park ?
who are the licensed travel agent ?Can't we just take the sight seeing bus at the entrance gate of Jiuzhai valley ?

What about Huanglong valley, do I need to engage agent?
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Answered by Emma from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 31, 2019 19:27
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Currently, you need to join the tour group to visit Jiuzhaigou park according to the official website. You can travel alone to Huanglong valley.
Asked by SC from ISRAEL | Oct. 17, 2019 17:57Reply
Can independent traveler can visit Huanglong national park ?
We are couple and we 've just realized that we need to find travel agency to visit Jiuzhaigou park.
Is it the same with Huanglong national park? or we can travel as independent traveler ?
Thank you
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Answered by Charisse from FINLAND | Oct. 17, 2019 23:16
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Yes, independent travelers are allowed to visit Huanglong National Park.
Asked by ps from MSIA | Sep. 16, 2019 06:59Reply
Open date of Jiuzhaigou
Heard they announced open this Oct, is it required to buy ticket/ enter as tour and no individual ? any GUIDE? Thanks.
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Answered by Boyce from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 18:53
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According to the official website, there is no statement about when it will reopen.
Asked by Herry from INDONESIA | Sep. 15, 2019 07:15Reply
Is jiuzhaigou national reserve reopened for visitors in this dec 2019?
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Answered by Moran from CANADA | Sep. 18, 2019 18:32
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There is no official statement about when it will reopen.
Asked by Jac from SINGAPORE | Aug. 11, 2019 08:50Reply
Is the Jiuzhaigou National Park re-opened for visitors during autumn -November 2019?
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Answered by Muhammad from UKRAINE | Aug. 13, 2019 00:00
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Well, it is hard to say. But the latest news indicates that this scenic area will reopen on Oct.1, 2019. You should keep attention to the news recently.
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