Jiuzhaigou Valley: A Poetic Charm

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve in northern Sichuan province of China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes. It got its name because there are nine Tibetan villages in the valley. As it is a remote place with unusually charming scenery and few inhabitants, it is often called the "wonderland on earth." It is a fine example of the primitive, natural beauty of China. Its lakes, waterfalls, beaches, snow caps mountains, virgin forests, as well as the fascinating local Tibetan customs and villages, all add to the fairy land feel of the place.

Jiuzhaigou’s best-known feature is its dozens of very clear blue, green and turquoise- colored lakes. These glacial lakes, over the years were dammed by rock falls and other natural phenomena, and then solidified by processes of carbonate deposition. Some lakes have a high concentration of calcium carbonate, which makes the water very clear so that the bottom is often visible even at high depths. The lakes vary in color and aspect according to their depths, residues, and surroundings.

Although the place is beautiful all year round, autumn is the most magnificent season of all in the Valley. The breeze is wonderfully fresh; the leaves are all in beautiful color. The colorful autumn leaves and woods are reflected in the incredibly clear lakes; the sky is clear and bright. In winter, Jiuzhaigou is particular peaceful and poetic: the mountains and trees are wrapped in white, waterfalls and lake surfaces are smooth and glittering. If you go in the winter, just prepare well for the chilly cold conditions.

This area is one of the most expensive areas in China to enter, plan for over RMB100 per/person. At the main gate and entrance to the Jiuzhaigou China, area is a “Tour Service Center”, this is at the start of the Shuzheng Valley and is the only entry point for tourists. It is designed to tell you all about this wonderful area as well as the do’s and do not’s. of being within the valleys.

Food and drinks are under strict control of the Jiuzhaigou Joint Business Company. All food brought into this protected zone need to reach the "zero-discharge' and "zero- pollution" standard stipulated by the state. the food is reasonably priced and around RMB25 to 30 per/person.

 Source: http://www.travel-the-real-china.com/