Jiuzhaigou (Nine-Village Gully) is a scenic spot tucked away in the depth of mountains at Nanping county in the northern part of Sichuan Province. Stretching over 72,000 square kilometers in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the jagged Jiuzhaigou valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. The scenic spot actually consists of three major gullies, which formerly was the site of nine stockaded villages of Tibetans. Hence the name Jiuzhaigou.
Jiuzhaigou is well-known for its network of alpine lakes, spectacular waterfalls and wonderful vegetation. There are, for instance, 108 terraced lakes in the midst of great mountains where the valleys echo with the roar of cataracts and cliffside springs. The place, therefore, has always enjoyed the reputation of being a "Wonderland on Earth". It abounds in virgin forests and rare flowers and grasses. Besides, in the vast primeval forests there are all kinds of rare birds and animals. Some 140 bird species also inhabit the valley, as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the panda (a tare animal not to be found elsewhere in the world) and the Sichuan takin.
The mountains of Jiuzhaigou are mystical and a grand sight Traces of ancient glaciers can still be seen. Snow-capped mountains and the crisscrossing gullies are like poetry written by nature. The industrious Tibetan people live and cultivate this piece of land, leaving behind strange tales and stirring legends.
See: Huangshan and Panda Tour