This post was last updated on August 13th, 2019 at 01:11 pm
One of the most beautiful nature reserves in China can be found in the Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan province. Every year more than two million people come here to marvel at the bizarre blue lakes, the gigantic waterfalls, green forests and snowy peaks. Everything looks great here, from well-maintained hiking trails to beautiful camping spots, making the Jiuzhaigou National Park a popular highlight!
About the Jiuzhaigou National Park
This beautiful park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The name Jiuzhaigou means “Nine Village Valley” and is a reference to nine Tibetan villages in the region. According to the locals here, there is a legend about the Jiuzhaigou National Park. According to this legend, the park was created by a jealous devil. Because of him, the goddess Wunosemo dropped the mirror she had received from her lover. The mirror fell down from heaven on to the earth and shattered into 118 shimmering turquoise lakes.
Although we think it is a work of art by Mother Nature, the legend is right about the beautiful lakes here. There are more than 100 and they all have a unique color. The surrounding snow-covered peaks and valleys make the view breathtaking. Due to its popularity, it can be very busy in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.
It is best to arrive as early as possible and to enter as soon as the park opens. It is then important to stay ahead of the Chinese crowd. You can drive through the park with vans and although some people decide to save money by walking, we do not recommend this. It is 30 kilometers (about 18.6 miles) from the beginning to the end.
Best time to visit Jiuzhaigou
The best time to visit Jiuzhaigou National Park is from September to November. During this time you have the best chance of clear skies. In combination with the autumn colors in the forests and turquoise lakes, this will leave an indelible impression. You can also visit in the summer months but then it rains more. In the winter you have to dress well but the landscape is magically beautiful with snowy trees, snowy peaks, and frozen waterfalls.
Location of the Jiuzhaigou National Park
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