Jiuzhaigou Overview

Chinese Name: 九寨沟 Pinyin: jǐu zhài gōu Location: North of Sichuan Population: 67,945 Language: Tibetan, Sichuan Dialect Zip code: 623400 Tel code: +86(0837) Time zone: UTC+8

Jiuzhaigou, literally means “Nine Villages Valley”, which is named after the nine Tibetan villages in the area. Jiuzhaigou County(previously known as Nanping County), it is about 540 kilometers away from Chengdu city and needs 8-10 hours’ drive due to the tortuous mountain roads. In the year of 1992, Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot was dubbed as the World Nature Heritage Site. It fully captures the truth of Jiuzhaigou that there is need to see any other waterscapes after visiting Jiuzhaigou. Indeed, water is the soul of Jiuzhaigou and it is the most beautiful waterscape in China. This multicolored land is made up of 108 “Haizi”, including springs, waterfalls, lakes and benchlands, a combination of flying and serenity, with a visibility up to 20 meters. There are “six unique” in Jiuzhaigou, namely emerald lakes, multi-level waterfalls, colorful forest, snow-capped peaks, Tibetan customs and blue ice. Therefore, it is a good chance to experience the unique Tibetan culture in the ancient Tibetan villages. In different places, Jiuzhaigou can be found with different charming scenery, which is a magical dream-like world that Chinese and foreign tourists yearn for.


  • Natural Scenery: Jiuzhaigou is most famous for its blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes and waterfalls. It is reputed as a precious gem in northern Sichuan. Besides, there are some other charming scenery around the fairyland of Jiuzhaigou.
  • Tibetan Culture: Located in the intersection of Tibetan, Han, Qiang and Hui, Jiuzhaigou’s Tibetan culture is affected by many ethnic groups. For example, the construction of Tibetan village in Jiuzhai Valley is clearly different from the western Tibetan.
  • Flora and Fauna: There are 2,822 plant species, 157 of which are national-level rare and endangered species; 42 species are national-level rare and endangered animals; 18 endemic species of birds and 25 endemic species of beast in China, including the giant pandas.

Notice: On August 8, 2017, Jiuzhaigou was severely damaged by a strong earthquake. Since August 9, 2017, it was temporarily closed and estimated to reopen in 2020. We kindly remind you not to visit Jiuzhaigou during this period.

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Jiuzhaigou Attractions

Jiuzhaigou is a popular tourist destination on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It enjoys worldwide fame for its breathtaking natural scenery of multicolored lakes, primeval forests, snow-capped peaks and spectacular waterfalls, which attracts thousands of tourists to appreciate the Land of the Fairy Tale. Here we introduce some famous attractions like Jiuzhai national park, Goddess Lake, Ganhaizi, Five-Color Lake for you to plan your own unforgettable Jiuzhaigou trip! [...]

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Jiuzhaigou Tours

Usually, Jiuzhaigou tour is accompanied by its neighbor Huanglong National Park, which is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It is about 2 hours’ drive between the two scenic spots with convenient transport. We offer the following well designed tour packages to cater to your different interests and budgets. Besides, different themed tours are available such as trekking tour and photography tour. All of them are flexible and can be customized to suit your needs. [...]

Climate & When to Go

Climate With an altitude of 1900-3100 meters above sea level, Jiuzhaigou enjoys a plateau humid climate. The mountain peaks are covered with snow all year. Winter is long without severe cold and summer is short without intense heat. While spring and fall are cicivy. It is divided into warm temperate semi-arid climate, temperate and frigid temperate zone monsoon climate according to altitude. The annual average temperature is 12.7 ℃, annual average rainfall is 550 mm, annual average sunshine is 1600 hours, annual [...]

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Jiuzhaigou can be reached by many transport modes, such as plane, train or long0distance bus. But in terms of overall cost, it is the quickest and most convenient way to fly to Chengdu or Chongqing and then take a long-distance bus to the scenic spot. If you choose to take the train, you also need to go to Chengdu first and then take a coach to get to Jiuzhaigou because there is no train station neither in Jiuzhangou county, nor [...]

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Festivals and Activities

With most residents of Tibetan and Qiang ethnic groups, Jiuzhaigou features most traditional festivals of local Tibetan and Qiang people. There are Tibetan New Year, Mazi Fair, Huanglong Temple Fair, Lamp Festival, Qiang’s New Year, as well as tourist festival such as Ice-waterfall Tourism Festival. Here we briefly introduce some festivals and activities to you. Festivals Tibetan New Year Also known as Losar, the Tibetan New Year is the most important festival for the Tibetan, just as the Spring Festival to the [...]

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Travel Tips

Hailed as “Wonderland on Earth” and “Fairy Tale World”, Jiuzhaigou is most famous for its magical and multicolored landscapes. While its green primeval forest and unique Tibetan culture always attract and amaze travelers from all over the world. It is also a popular place to for shooting domestic films and TV shows. Notice: On August 8, 2017, Jiuzhaigou was severely damaged by a strong earthquake. Since August 9, 2017, it was temporarily closed and estimated to reopen in 2020. We kindly [...]

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Useful Maps

Jiuzhaigou, known for its stunning multi-colored waterscape, is located in the northern of Sichuan province. Before planing your Jiuzhaigou tours, you’d better know some useful information about the specific location of scenic spots, the transportation network, and the county, etc. Below are some useful maps including Jiuzhaigou location map, Jiuzhaigou tourist map, Jiuzhaigou Transportation Map, and Jiuzhaigou county Map, etc. [...]

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Jiuzhaigou Accommodation

For travelers, finding a good hotel to live will make their traveling even better. As one of most popular destinations in China, Jiuzhaigou offers many choices of hotels from luxury star hotels to budget hotels. No matter you want to stay near Jiuzhaigou for conveniently appreciating the beauty of the valley or stay near Jiuzhaigou county or other places for time-saving transfer, we will help you find your favored hotels. We have listed below the recommended hotels of different classes [...]

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