Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Jiuzhaigou National is open now: 1) Opening areas include Shuzheng Valley(except Flaming Lake), Zechawa Valley and part of Rize Valley (from Nuorilang to Five-flower Lake). Most of the highlighting attractions of Jiuzhaigou are located in the opening areas, such as Long Lake (长海), Five-Color Pond (五彩池), Nuorilang Waterfall (诺日朗瀑布), Mirror Lake (镜海), Shuzheng Lakes (树正群海), Double Dragon Lakes (双龙海), etc. 2) The entrance ticket has to be booked in advance on the official website of Jiuzhaigou National Park Ticket Booking. The registration hasn't been open for foreign tourists yet. You can find a travel agency like China Discovery to book tickets for you. One passport can only book one ticket. 3) 20,000 travelers are allowed to visit Jiuzhaigou National Park each day;

Jiuzhaigou Valley, or the Valley of Nine Villages is located in northern Sichuan province, as a part of Mingshan Mountains Range. It is known as “the Most Beautiful Waterscape in China”, Word Natural Heritage Site, “Fairytale Land”, 5A National Park. All people who have been to Jiuzhaigou know all these reputation match the reality. It is even regarded as the “Paradise for Photographers”.

Having been hidden as a mysterious and never been bothered by outsider until been found in the middle of 20th century, Jiuzhaigou keeps the wildness of nature very well. All the forests, lakes, waterfalls, landform are the best gifts from other mother nature.

Why visit Jiuzhaigou:

  • Explore the most beautiful waterscape in China – water is the soul of Jiuzhaigou, and waters in the high-altitude mountain range are much clearer and diverse in forms. Over 108 lakes, 3 groups of waterfalls is the biggest highlight of Jiuzhaigou.
  • Colors of nature - Jiuzhaigou is the best painting presenting the best color used by the Mother Nature. Visiting Jiuzhaigou is a feast of vision. Wild forests, flowers, lakes changes colors in different season – grey in spring, green in summer, golden in autumn, white in winter.
  • Rare species - Jiuzhaigou Valley is home to over 220 bird species, 74 species of state-protected plants, 18 species of endangered animals, including the Giant Pandas, snub-nosed monkeys, etc.

Top Attractions

Unlike the small attraction in cities or mountain, traveling Jiuzhaigou is explore two vast lands of attractions which are scattered in two national parks – Jiuzhaigou National Park and Huanglong National Park.

Jiuzhaigou Valley
Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhaigou Valley is famous for its colorful crystal lakes, layered waterfalls, authentic Tibetan villages, towering peaks, virgin forests and more, makes it like a fairyland ...

Huanglong Valley
Huanglong Valley

Huanglong Valley is a 7.5 kilometers long, 1.5 kilometers wide gentle-slope valley. Vast yellow travertine landforms exist in the valley, and look like a yellow dragon ...

Weather & When to Go

Though as high plateau, Jiuzhaigou have a humid climate unlike the extreme weather as in other high altitude region, such as Qinghai Tibet Plateau, which should be owned to the rich natural resource, especially wild forests and rivers. It has lots of sunny days all year around, a cool summer and less wind in winter. The average temperature in Jiuzhaigou is from 9 to 18 centigrade. The total annual rainfall there is 761mm. Check weather forecast of Jiuzhaigou

Summer and winter are two best seasons to tour both the Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong when all attractions are available for visiting. In summer days, the plentiful water replenishes every rivers, lakes and waterfall for you to enjoy the stunning waterscape. While the prosperous forests and flowers are the best setoffs of waterscape. The most beautiful scenery comes in Autumn especially October when the entire Jiuzhaigou is filled with diverse colors. Besides, the weather is very pleasant in autumn days.

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To get to Jiuzhaigou, travelers must take flight to Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport, then transfer to Jiuzhaigou Valley. So far, there are 14 cities in China, including Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guanzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Nanjing, Changsha, Kunming, Zhangjiajie, and Mianyang, are connected with Jiuzhaigou by flights. Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou is the busiest line with usually 6 flights each day (more in peak season, less in off season). Chongqing is also a popular gateway hub to Jiuzhaigou with about 2 flights each day. Other cities can’t guarantee daily or frequent flights to Jiuzhaigou.


There is a total 440 kilometers’ driving from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou, via Dujiangyan, Wenchuan, Maoxian, Songopan, Huanglong. But generally, most travelers stop at Songpan or Chuan Zhusi to visit Huanglong firstly, then transfer to Jiuzhaigou. The road is well conditioned, but possibly meet traffic jam in some days of peak season. Learn Ideas on Land Travel to Jiuzhaigou by Driving

Travelers can also take bus from Cha Dianzi Bus Station or Xin Nanmen Bus Station to Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou.

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Having developed tourism for decades, Jiuzhaigou offers pleasant accommodation ranging from economy class to luxury class. Some international hotel brands, such as Sheraton, Intercontinental, also operate hotels in Jiuzhaigou. Some domestic or local hotels are also very popular among travelers, and you can make your choice according to your personal needs. Most of hotels are conveniently located near to the gate of Jiuzhaigou Valley so that you can get to the national park easily. Besides, most hotels offer not only great amenities, but also pleasant service.

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Useful Maps

Top help you learn better about Jiuzhaigou Valley's attractions, transportation, names, etc, we have collected following tourist maps which are latest, downloadable and printable. View more Jiuzhaigou maps >>

Jiuzhaigou Guide Map

Jiuzhaigou Attractions Map

Jiuzhaigou Transportation Map

Jiuzhaigou Transportation Map

Jiuzhaigou Travel Map

Jiuzhaigou Travel Map

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Jiuzhaigou Travel Guide

Chinese Name: 九寨沟

Chinese Pinyin: jiǔ zhài gōu

Literally: Valley of Nine Fortified Villages

Population: 81,394

Language: Mandarin & Sichuan Dialect

Tel Code: 0837

Zip Code: 623400

Time Zone: (UTC+8)

Plan Your Jiuzhaigou Tour

Usually, 2 or 3 days are needed to explore the highlights of Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong Valley excluding the arrival and departure days. Most travelers transfer to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu by flight or driving. Some other cities also have flights to Jiuzhaigou, such as Beijing, Chongqing, etc. After arrival, spend a half day to tour the Huanglong Valley, and another full day to visit Jiuzhaigou. If you want to take a walking or photography tour, we recommend spend one more day.

You can also travel Jiuzhaigou with other hot destinations in Sichuan, such as Chengdu, Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, etc.

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