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Jiuzhaigou Valley, or the Valley of Nine Villages is located in northern Sichuan province. 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.
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. >> Learn More about Jiuzhaigou Attractions
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 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 ...
Besides enjoying the beautiful waterscapes and natural scenery in Jiuzhaigou, there are a lot of things to do with icluding eating the traditional Tibetan cuisine, trying their costume and watching a show at night! >>Learn More about the Featured Activities in Jiuzhaigou
Walking in Jiuzhaigou is relaxing and enjoyable. You will have two days to explore the best highlights by hiking. Footpath are built near to attractions in three valleys in the scenic area.
The Shows are the most popular night activities in several theatres and hotels outside the valley. They are mainly themed about culture and history of Tibetan.
You should not miss the yummy tibetan food in Jiuzhaigou, including Tibetan Hot Pot, Sausage, Walnut Flower Salad, Jiuzhai Mushroom Pot, Potato with Ciba, Roast Whole sheep, etc.
Jiuzhaigou people pay great attention to their clothes. If you come to Jiuzhaigou, you can rent a Tibetan costume from the shop in the scenic area and try on and take photos for your memorable trip.
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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Jiuzhaigou in spring is still a little cold, especially in early March. Most days are overcast and cloudy. Though little rain, the melting snow water and humid climate will keep the weather relatively pleasant.
Summer is the rainy season of Jiuzhaigou with about 1/3 of the days are rainy and another 1/3 are sunny days. Though people can feel an increase in temperature, it is generally cool.
Jiuzhaigou in autumn is usually overcast or cloudy with less rainfall and sunray, a comfortable weather for people to take a trip. It is relatively cool and you can feel an invigorating autumn climate in Jiuzhaigou.
In winter, Jiuzhaigou is less-visited and full of a poetic atmosphere with all its colors turn into white. Mountains and trees are covered by snow. Waterfalls become a huge natural ice sculpture.
Flight: So far, there are only Chengdu and Chongqing operating flights to Jiuzhaigou. Chengdu is most popular gateway city for flights to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport with about 7 available from early morning to later afternoon. Chongqing comes after Chengdu with usually about 1 ~ 3 available schedules. Air routes from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou to Jiuzhaigou airport is about to open. Jiuhuang airport is located in the plateau area. The flight may be cancelled for the bad weather (such as snowfall in winter). It is recommended that tourists make a backup transportation plan. >> Learn More about Airport and Flights to Jiuzhaigou.
Driving: 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.
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
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Chinese Name: 九寨沟
Chinese Pinyin: jiǔ zhài gōu
Literally: Valley of Nine Fortified Villages
Language: Mandarin & Sichuan Dialect
Tel Code: 0837
Zip Code: 623400
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
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.
Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou
Chengdu - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou
Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu
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