Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Jiuzhaigou Facts

Jiuzhaigou MapChinese Name: 九寨沟县 (jǐu zhài gōu xiàn)
Population: 81,500
Area: 5,286 square kilometers (2,041 square miles)
Location: in the north of Sichuan Province, southwest China
Area Code: 0837
Zip Code: 623400
GDP (2018): CNY 2.54 billion (USD 0.384 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Tibetan, Hui, Qiang

Famous for Stunning Natural Scenery in Jiuzhaigou National Park

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. The distance from Jiuzhaigou county to Jiuzhaigou National Park is about 48 km (30 mi). Up to now, over 100 hotels and restaurants are available in the county.

Jiuzhaigou is famous for green lakes, waterfalls, colorful forests, snow peaks, Tibetan customs and blue ices. April to November is the peak season of Jiuzhaigou tourism. Around April, Jiuzhaigou is covered with red, purple, blue and yellow flowers. From June to August, it is a good place for summer vacation because the cool climate brought by the high altitude can keep tourists away from the heat. Also it is the best time to watch the green lakes and waterfalls due to the abundant water supply. October and November sees the most brilliant Jiuzhaigou scenery as the forests are dressed in beautiful colors and all reflected in the bright lakes. Besides, visitors can experience strong Tibetan customs through Tibetan performances, traditional buildings, monasteries and Tibetan custom parks.

 Note: Jiuzhaigou National Park has reopened on March 31, 2020.

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

 Best Time to Visit Jiuzhaigou

 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 Apr. 08, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Jiuzhaigou Travel
Asked by Elle from USA | Dec. 29, 2019 04:41Reply
Do you know how to travel between Dagu Ice Park & Jiuzhaigou by public transport?
Many thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Dec. 30, 2019 17:59

There is no public bus between them. It is suggested to hire a car or share a car with other tourists.
Asked by sanal nandakumar from SINGAPORE | Dec. 02, 2019 21:09Reply
Traveling Jiuzhaigou end of December. How to buy tickets for 2 people
We're planning to visit the valley during December last week. Is there any website or agency we could buy the entry tickets and sightseeing bus tickets?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sara from USA | Dec. 05, 2019 17:42

You can send email to bookingtravelchinaguide.com to ask whether they provide booking service. Or buy the ticket from local travel agency.
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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 31, 2019 19:27

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
Answers (1)
Answered by Charisse from FINLAND | Oct. 17, 2019 23:16

Yes, independent travelers are allowed to visit Huanglong National Park.
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