Jiuzhai Valley

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Most official Chinese descriptions about Jiuzhai Valley use the word "fairyland" to try to put the stunning visuals of the valley into print. Whether that descriptor entices you or not is up for debate. What's not up for debate is the stunning natural wonders at every turn in Jiuzhai Valley.

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The mountainsides of the valley are covered with verdant trees that cascade down to azure ponds and cerulean lakes that flow into and out of one another, sometimes in spectacular fashion.

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Located in northern Sichuan (southwestern China), Jiuzhai Valley is home to nine Tibetan villages, from which it derives its local name Jiuzhaigao, along with its unique natural wonders and abundant wildlife.

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Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jiuzhai Valley has been closed since an earthquake devastated the park on the 8th of August 2017. Repairs and cleanup in the park is well underway, but the initial timeline to reopen the park by early summer 2018 will not be realized. Check here regularly for updates to the restoration timeline. In the meantime, about 2.5 hours away, Huanglong may fill your need to see stunning natural beauty.

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