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Jiuzhai Valley Closed Temporarily Due to a 7.0-magnitude Earthquake

Published: Aug. 09, 2017
At 21:19 on August 8, 2017, China's Sichuan Province was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter being Jiuzhaigou County of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. The focus was at a depth of about 20km (12 miles) from the ground level.

Technically speaking, this is not a very serious earthquake. However, as the epicenter is quite near Jiuzhai Valley National Park, one of the top tourist destinations in China, and it's summer holiday time, this led to about 35 thousand tourists stranded at Jiuzhaigou. So far, 12 deaths and 175 injuries have been reported.

The rescue team arrived at the site immediately after the earthquake and is expected to evacuate the stranded crowds by the end of August 9.
Location Map of Jiuzhai Valley Earthquake
Location Map of Jiuzhai Valley Earthquake

Jiuzhai Valley Closed Temporarily for Safety Sake

As aftershocks continued to jolt the affected areas and the road condition is poor, Jiuzhai Valley National Forest Park has been closed since August 9th for tourist's safety. When to open remains unknown.

Affected by the earthquake, Mingyue Gorge and Jianmen Shu Road Scenic Area in Guangyuan City of Sichuan have also been closed to conduct safety checks.

Tourists planning to visit the above-mentioned areas please put off schedules or just change to other attractions.

Trains Passing by Jiuzhaigou Stop Operation Temporarily

The affected trains include: D5159, D5126, K9433, K2611, C6263, C6229, K545, K245, K284, 1486, K2616, K452, K6, K246

Passengers who have booked tickets of the affected trains departing on Aug. 9 and neighboring days after are advised to change the ticket or get a refund as soon as possible.

Fortunately, the Jiuhuang Airport in Jiuzhaigou and nearby Hongyuan Airport and Mianyang Airport are in normal operation.

What to Do When An Earthquake Happens

1. If you are in a room, stay away from doors and windows. Squat beside firm furniture or wall corner is relatively safe.
2. Do not use the elevator.
3. If you are in the open air, keep away from high buildings and vehicles.

  • Questions & Answers on China Tourism News
    Asked by Trang from VIETNAM | Aug. 14, 2017 05:26Reply
    We're going to go there on 20/10/2017, do you think it can be open at that time? Thank you!
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Leona from CANADA | Aug. 14, 2017 20:01

    Trang, no one can answer this question clearly. You can just pay close attention to the latest news.
    Asked by Ian from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 10, 2017 02:37Reply
    Jiuzhaigou Valley Earthquake
    Do you have any information as to when the Jiuzhaigou Valley will be open to tourists again? We are travelling there on the 30 August 2017, do you think it will be open by then? Any information you have would be appreciated . Thanks Ian
    Answers (7)
    Answered by Lisa from CHINA | Aug. 10, 2017 19:48

    Well, it's hard to say. You may need to wait several months until it reopens. I assume it cannot be opened before August 30, 2017. Just pay close attention to the site. Anyway, if it's closed, you can choose other attractions similar to Jiuzhaigou Velly.
    Answered by Ian from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 10, 2017 20:53

    Thankyou for the information. What other attractions do you recommend if Jiuzhaigou Valley is still closed on 30 August when we visit?
    Answered by Lisa from CHINA | Aug. 11, 2017 00:43

    You can go to the Youyang Taohuayuan Scenic Area in Chongqing, Yangshuo in Guilin, Yading Nature Reserve in Daocheng County of Sichuan, or Zhangjiajie in Hunan.
    Answered by Ian from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 11, 2017 04:41

    We were planning to go to jiuzaigou valley on august 29. I think it is not available now. We have booked the airplane to chengdu. What do you suggest us to go near chengdu?
    Answered by Lisa from CHINA | Aug. 14, 2017 00:44

    You can go to Youyang Taihuayuan Scenic Area or Yading Nature Reserve. They are not far from Chengdu.
    Answered by Martin from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 18, 2017 01:21

    Hi Ian, I am also booked my Mel-chengdu flight albeit in late oct. I'm not even planning or Jiuzhaigou anymore. I'm going south to climb mount Emei, which is also y by all accounts.
    Answered by Ian from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 21, 2017 18:25

    Hi Martin, yes we are going to Mt Emei too. I am sure we will find lots of things to do to replace the 2 days we were going to spend in the Jiuzhaigou Valley. Safe travels Martin.
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