Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jiu Zhai Gou (九寨沟), China - Part 1

Continuing from Chengdu [LINK], we flew from Chengdu into Jiu Zhai Huang Long Airport which is about an hour from Chengdu. Because of the high climate of the airport itself which is about 4000km above sea level, so flight delay into Jiu Zhai Gou is quite a common thing due to the bad weather of the heavy midst. However, we really lucky that our flight weren't delay and able to reach there on time.

Before you admire the amazing photos of Jiu Zhai Gou, let me give you some of the history and background of this place which I think it is worth knowing it. =D

Extracted from Wikipedia [LINK]

Jiuzhaigou National Park (simplified Chinese九寨沟traditional Chinese九寨溝pinyin:Jiǔzhàigōu; literally "Valley of Nine Villages"; TibetanZitsa Degu (gzi rtsa sde dgu)) is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, a province in south western China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area.
Known in English as Jiuzhai Valley it lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, 330 km (205 mi) north of the provincial capital of Chengdu. It is part of theJiuzhaigou County (formerly Nanping County) in the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province, near the Gansu border.

Jiuzhaigou (literally "Nine Village Valley") takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages along its length. Seven of them are still populated today. The main agglomerations that are readily accessible to tourists are Heye, Shuzheng and Zechawa along the main paths that cater to tourists, selling various handicrafts, souvenirs and snacks. There is also Rexi in the smaller Zaru Valley and behind Heye village are Jianpan, Panya and Yana villages. The Valley's no longer populated villages are Guodu and Hejiao.
Finally, the Penbu, Panxing and Yongzhu villages lie along the road that passes through the town of Jiuzhaigou/Zhangza outside the valley.

In 1997, the permanent population of the valley was about 1000, made up of about 130 Tibetan families. Due to the protected nature of the park, agriculture is no longer permitted so the locals now rely on tourism and local government subsidies to make a living.

So, without further writing, I shall let the amazing photos do the talking. And I can swear to god, those photos are really taken by me !!

2 coloured river

at the entrance

It was raining then snowing at our first stop, so the lake wasn't too clear to be seen ...

one of the tibetan village

to proof that im there !!

All the photos taken were so nice that I wish that I could post all here but it would be a lot of repitition. So, I tried my best to choose the best of all and share with you all. 

We were in the park for the two days. I think the scenary for Day 2 were even breath taking. So, again, stay tune for more photos and story about my Chengdu trip... =D

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