Jiuzhaigou is a stunningly scenic region in the north of the Sichuan Province in China. The name ‘Jiuzhaigou’ literally means ‘Valley of nine villages’, and features nine ancient Tibetan villages where life carries on in much the same way as it always has. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and featuring hundreds of lakes, waterfalls, trickling rivers and thick forest, the area is breathtaking and perfect for long walks or for trekking. Depending on the time of day and the seasons, the bodies of water in the area frequently change colour, making it a particularly rewarding place for photographers to visit.
A small population of Tibetan and Qiang people live in the Jiuzhaigou area and regard it as sacred land, which, given how beautiful it is, is hardly surprising. Locals still adhere to a very traditional way of life, making it the perfect place to witness authentic Tibetan lifestyle unfold. See herds of yak, traditional prayer wheels and the region’s trademark shrines decorated with colourful paper flags. There’s also a diverse range of wildlife endemic to the region, including the famous giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkeys, white-lipped deer and around 140 native species of birds.
Because of the region’s elevation, the climate can be cold year round, with temperatures ranging from -4 degrees Celsius in the winter months to 16 degrees Celsius in the summertime. Wrap up warm, pack your camera and experience some of China’s most beautiful scenery and wildlife in Jiuzhaigou.