Jiuzhaigou is a nature reserved
located in northern part of Sichuan province in China.
Jiuzhaigou is a breathtaking alpine valley that was
discovered in the 1970's by lumberjacks, and was officially
opened to tourism in 1984. It's famous for its many
waterfalls, colorful lakes, crystal clear waters,
and the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage
Jiu Zhai Gou is about 480km north
capital city of Sichuan,
and attracts over 1.2 million tourists from home and
abroad each year. The nature reserve covers an area
of 720 square kilometers, and has an elevation of
2,000 to 3,100 meters above sea level.
The climate at Jiu Zhai Gou is a
cool temperature with an average annual temperature
of 7.2C. The average temperature in January is -1C,
and 17C in July. Jiuzhaigou receives 66.1cm of rainfall
each year, most of which takes place between may and
Jiuzhaigou picture - splendid waterfalls
JiuZhaiGou Tour Scenery
Jiu Zhai Gou is home to all types
of exotic wild animals - Takins, large horned Tibetan
wild animal; snub-nosed monkeys; and giant pandas.
The most fascinating attraction of Jiuzhaigou is probably
its 108 lakes - all of which has multi-colored and
crystal clear water. This is also why the local Tibetan
women wear 108 braids during festivals.
Jiuzhaigou is spread
over a Y shaped ravine, composed of three valleys
stretching for more than 40 kilometers. The Zechamingwa
(Zechawa) Valley and Rizhai (Rize) Valley flow from
the south and meet at the center to form the Shuzheng
Travel JiuZhaiGou & Tour
Most visitors that tour Jiuzhaigou
will take the first shuttle bus to the end of Rizhai
(Rize) Valley, and make their way back by foot on
the boardwalks. Some scenic sites you will encounter
at these valleys include:
Rizhai (Rize) Valley
- The Primitive Forest - is a preserved
- Swan Lake - is a 2250 m long,
125 m wide picturesque lake named for its visiting
swans and ducks.
- Grass Lake is a shallow lake
covered in intricate vegetation patterns.
- Arrow Bamboo Lake - is a shallow
lake covering an area of 170,000 square meters.
The movie Hero (with Jet Li) was filmed here.
- Panda Lake - flows into the Panda
- Pearl Beach - is a wide and gently
sloping area covered in shallow flowing water that
flows into the Pearl Waterfalls.
Jiuzhaigou photo - crystal clear water
Zechamingwa (Zechawa) Valley
- Long Lake - is the highest, largest
and deepest lake at Jiu Zhai Gou. It measures 7.5km
long, and 103m deep.
- Five Color Pond - is one of the
smallest body of water at Jiuzhaigou, but it has
one of the richest colored underwater landscape
with the most clear water in the area.
- Nuorilang Falls - is 20 meters
high and 320 meters wide, and is one of the key
sites of Jiuzhaigou.
- Nuorilang Lake - is a series
of stepped ribbon lakes formed by passage of glaciers.
- Sleeping Dragon Lake - has a
depth of 20 meters. There is a calcareous dyke running
through it shaped like a dragon lying on the bottom.
- Reed Lake - is a reed covered
marsh with a clear brook zigzagging through it.
The contrast is especially noticeable in autumn
when the reed turn yellow.