Sites to See in JiuZhaiGou (九寨溝) County

JiuZhaiGou (九寨溝) county, also known as “Nine Village Valley”, is populated with Tibetan villages and really amazing backdrops. Here are a few places in JiuZhaiGou County that worth visiting:

JiuZhaiGou (九寨溝)

It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and has been under heavy preservation by the Chinese government. The majority of tourists are domestic Chinese travelers, which averaged 7,000 a day in 2004 (Wikipedia). Be prepared to spend a hefty penny for entrance and food – it’s Disneyland park prices without the Disney flare and the rides, but the views are pretty amazing.

Our visit in April combined with high elevation made for weather that was just right for a little snowfall

Lake view scenes reminiscent of Yellowstone National Park

Abundant number of rich and vibrantly colored lakes, almost looking like it was taken from an animated cartoon

Five Colored Pond (五彩池) in Zechawa Valley. One of most spectacular bodies of water in the heritage site. Can you see 5 colors?

MoNiGou (牟尼溝)

MoNiGou offers amazingly beautiful views without the droves of tourists that plague the more commonly visited sites. The wooden patio-like decks run just above surface level of running water making it almost feel like you are Jesus walking on water. Of the three places mentioned here, this is a definite must go-to.

Old patio walkway

Hike the few hundred meter up to the top of the waterfall

Doesn’t get old!

HuangLong (黃龍)

In Chinese, it is translated as the “Yellow Dragon”, and is named such because it appears like a golden dragon traveling within the valleys between snow capped mountains. The yellows, greens, blues, and brown are calcite deposits that are commonly seen in other surrounding areas as well. The views are not as spectacular as the other two locations, but if you’re looking for a high elevation challenge (near 3,600 m), this is it!

View near the top

Location

Situated in Sichuan province

Be prepared to encounter droves of tour buses, a normal sight for almost all tourist locations in China

Prayer flag consists of blue, white, red, green, and yellow, where each symbolize health and harmony through the balance of the five elements.

 

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