Jiuzhaigou — Colorful Fairyland with Picturesque Waterscapes

Beautiful Lake and Forests in the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Sichuan Province, Photo by Leonoyes.

What is Jiuzhaigou and Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area?

 

Jiuzhaigou County, originally named Nanping and Yangtong, was included in the territory of the Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago. 

 

In 1998, it changed to Jiuzhaigou, named after the stunning Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area located inside. 

 

The Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for stunning, colorful waterscapes, diverse ecosystems, picturesque terraces, and impressive karst views.

 

Jianzhuhai or Arrow Bamboo Lake Waterfall of Jiuzhaigou, Photo by Zhang Kunkun. 

Brief Introduction and Important Data of Jiuzhaigou.

 

  • Jiuzhaigou was named after nine stockaded villages of Tibetan that have been living in this area for centuries. 

 

  • Besides Tibetan, there are other minority ethnic groups living in Jiuzhaigou County, such as Qiang and Hui. 

 

  • The altitude of Jiuzhaigou varies from about 1900 to over 4500 meters.

 

  • Jiuzhaigou area has rich biological resources, with 2822 vegetations and about 42 endangered animal species, including the giant panda and golden monkey.

 

  • The Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area is over 50 kilometers long, and 720 square kilometers large.

 

  • There are over 108 beautiful lakes scattering in the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area.

 

Jiuzhai Plank Road (Jiuzhai Zhandao) Along the Xiongmaohai or Panda Lake, Photo by Li Heng. 

What is the origin legend of Jiuzhaigou?

 

A long time ago, two immortals fell in love with each other. However, their love token, a glorious mirror, accidentally dropped on earth. 

The mirror got broken and incarnated into 108 stunning lakes, and its decorative gems became trees and flowers in the surroundings. Together, they formed the picturesque Jiuzhaigou.

 

Stunning Lake and Plants in the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Photo by Leonoyes.

 

What are the valuable cultural attractions of Jiuzhaigou?

 

Tibetan Culture in Jiuzhaigou

 

Jiuzhaigou was named after nine Tibetan stockaded villages, whose culture is one of the most important attractions of this area.

 

From architectural styles, religion, clothes, and food, to local festivals and activities, inhabitants of Jiuzhaigou holds obvious Tibetan style and blending traces with other ethnic groups in this area. 

Shuzhengzhai, One of the Nine Tibetan Stockaded Villages in Jiuzhaigou. 

Qiang Culture and the Taoping Qiang Stockaded Village

Qiang or Chiang, a minority group in China with rich culture and history, is famous for their stone building complex. 

The Taoping Qiang Stockaded Village or Taoping Qiangzhai, firstly built in the year 111 BC, some Qiang people have been living in this area for centuries. 

Today, some of them still living in villages following their traditions, who well preserved Qiang culture, including music, dance, architecture, food, clothes, handicraft skills, etc. 

Ancient Stone Building Complex of the Taoping Qiang Stockaded Village in Jiuzhaigou.

What are the impressive natural scenic views of Jiuzhaigou?

 

Beautiful Lakes and Plants of Shuzheng Valley or Shuzhenghai in Jiuzhaigou, Photo by Zeng Yongqian.

Magnificent Nuorilang Waterfall in Jiuzhaigou, Photo by Arong Shijiao.

Snowy View of Jiuzhaigou in Winter, Photo from Official Site of Jiuzhaigou.

Colorful Forests of Xiniuhai or Rhinoceros Lake in Jiuzhaigou, Photo by Zeng Yongqian.

Ice Waterfall View of Jiuzhaigou in Winter, Photo from Official Site of Jiuzhaigou.

What are the famous specialties of Jiuzhaigou?

 

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