Jiuzhai Valley---Fairyland on Earth
When entering into this valley, you seem to have left the real world and come into a fairyland: colorful pools in bright blue or green scatter everywhere, red or golden leafs throw their reflections into the crystal-clean water, and peculiar-shaped rocks forms into various shapes. In Jiuzhai Valley, you can easily forget the time and embrace the stunning beauty of such sceneries. Speechless and shocked, you cannot even find a word to describe this land-----what kind of word deserves such landscape?
 
The superb landscapes of Jiuzhai Valley are particularly interesting for their species of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls and lakes. There are over 140 bird species as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the Giant Panda, the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey, the Sichuan Takin and various orchids and rhododendrons.
 
Jiuzhai Valley is part of the Min Shan mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Pletau and stretches over 720 sq km (72,000 hectares) with an extra buffer zone of 598 sq. km (60,000 hectares). The Min Shan Mountains are one of southwest China’s most important biodiversity typezones. The elevation of the park ranges from 1,990m (6,529 feet) at the entrance to 4,764m (15,630 feet) on the mountain peaks and the series of forest ecosystems are stratified by elevation.
 
History and Culture
Previously called Dzitsa Degu in Tibetan, Jiuzhai Valley National Park is located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, South Western China. Jiuzhai Valley literally means Nine Village Valley and is named after the nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout the park. The villagers have lived in this region for many generations and they still hold onto many of their traditional ways of life. The human population of the park is just over 1,000 which comprises of over 110 families.
 
Jiuzhai Valley stayed in the deep mountains for many years. Not until in 1975 did a visiting group marveled at its beauty. In 1980, Jiuzhai Valley natural protected area was established. In 1984, the administration of Jiuzhai Valley Scenery spot was founded and it officially became a scenery spot in China. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and it belongs to the Category 5 in the IUCN System of Protected Area Categorization.
 
Wucai Pool
In the various pools of Jiuzhai Valley, Wucai Valley is famous for its beauty and bright colors. The water is so clean that you can even so every small stone and plant in the bottom of the pool. Under sunlight, the pool glitters with flashes and ripples, and shows its beauty with amazing landscapes.
 
One-armed Old Man Cypress
On the bank of Chang pool, there stands a cypress with peculiar shape: on one side of the cypress grows many branches, but not a single on the other side. It is said that long time ago, Jiuzhai Valley was controlled by a demon, and one day an old man beat the demon and save the local people. However, he lost one of his arms in the fight, and it is the One-armed Old Man Cypress.
 
Huohua Pool Waterfall
The waterfall is in the Huohua pool. It is very interesting that there are two strings of waterfall, which is not far away from each other but cannot meet forever. Hence, it is also called Love Knot Waterfall. The waterfall runs and jumps through the lush trees. Although the waterfall is not magnificent, the poetic name has a special feeling of romance and melancholy.
 
Admission fee: 220RMB/person (Peak season); 170RMB/person (Low season)
 
Opening hours: 7:00-18:00 
 
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