WHEN YOU THINK of visiting China, most people conjure pictures of The Great Wall or The Terracotta Army. And while those tourist hot spots are certainly worth seeking out, there are plenty of underrated places in China that also deserve a spot on your bucket list. One such place is Jiuzhaigou National Park, an unspoiled land with waterfalls, lakes, towering mountain views, grasslands and villages with immense natural beauty.
This national park and nature preserve lies at the southern end of the Min Shan Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992 and a national park since the early 1980s. Jiuzhaigou spans 72,000 hectares (over 180,000 acres) of pristine and varied land with elevations ranging from 6,500 feet to 15,630 feet. This pristine nature preserve is home to 220 bird species and a vast number of endangered plant and animal species.
Jiuzhaigou, which translates to “Nine Village Valley” from the nine Tibetan villages found along the way, remained largely undiscovered until 1975, and was heavily logged until 1979 when the Chinese government outlawed the activity.
Jiuzhaigou, a scenic area in southwest China’s Sichuan province, partially reopened for the first time on March 8 since the devastating earthquake last year. On the first day of reopening, it received more than 700 tourists.
The scenic area was closed the second day after a magnitude-7.0 quake hit Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in the province on Aug. 8, 2017, causing five deaths. It remained closed to tourists during the 7 months of renovation.
Since some of the scenic spots are still under reconstruction, only part of the spots is opened and the number of tourists is limited to 2,000 each day, according to the administrative bureau of Jiuzhaigou.
The bureau disclosed that the scenic area is only open to tourist groups instead of individual tourists for the moment, and the tourist areas, number of tourist, travel time and travel modes will continue to be limited in the next period to come.
The Jiuzhaigou scenic area is located in the northwest of Sichuan province and about 400 kilometers away from Chengdu, capital city of the province.
Jiuzhaigou, a scenic area on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list in Sichuan province, will partially reopen on March 8 after a devastating earthquake in August.
Admission fees will be reduced in March to 40 yuan ($6.30) each. After March, admission will rise to 110 yuan, per person, according to the administrative bureau of Jiuzhaigou.
Before the earthquake, the entry fee at Jiuzhaigou was 220 yuan during the peak season (April 1 to Nov 15), and 80 yuan during the offseason (Nov 16 to March 31).
The discounted admission led Liu Wei, a resident of Chengdu, Sichuan, to enter his name to win a tour of Jiuzhaigou for March 8. But he was told that the offer was sold out.
In 2018, only 2,000 visitors will be admitted to Jiuzhaigou daily, as it is being rebuilt. But transportation will be available to view the sites.
Before the August earthquake, a visitor could get off a vehicle at any desired site to linger or take pictures. Another vehicle would then carry the person elsewhere, said Yang Qingrong, a tour guide in Chengdu.
Located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Sichuan, Jiuzhaigou means “nine-settlement valley”.
Visitors will not be able to access the whole site and they’ll have to join a tour group, with only 2,000 people allowed in per day
A Unesco World Heritage Site that was damaged by a strong earthquake in southwest China last year will reopen to tourists next week after it was closed for seven months.
Tourists will be able to visit parts of Jiuzhaigou, a popular national park in mountainous Sichuan province, from Thursday after months of reconstruction efforts, the government of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture said on its website.
The national park is famous for its otherworldly beauty, with waterfalls and iridescent lakes that shimmer against a backdrop of deciduous forests and snow-capped mountains.
While visitors will not be able to access the whole park, some of its popular sites will reopen including the Nuorilang Waterfall, Long Lake, Mirror Lake, Five-Colour Lake and Shuzheng Lakes, according to the statement on Thursday.