October 2011
Road from Chengdu to Jiuzhai Valley

The new "tunneltastic" road from chengdu (as described by the Lonely Planet China 2011) has not yet been completed and as of November 2011 the journey takes about 8 hours by bus in normal weather and traffic conditions. As work continues on the road and new tunnels and bridges continue to open it is claimed that times will be reduced by a number of hours.
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August 2011
Jiuzhai Valley Blogs in the New York Times:

The below blogs give an insight into some of the ongoing research by the Jiuzhai Valley science department. The blogs were written by Amanda Schmidt, an assistant professor of geology at Oberlin College, who was based in Jiuzhai Valley National Park's Sceince Department for 10 months during 2010.
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August 2010
Weather update:

Jiuzhai Valley National Park has experienced no affects of the bad weather that has devestated other parts of China during the summer. There have been no mudslides or landslides in the national park or the area outside of the park where visitors will stay. Click here for more information.
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5 June 2010
World Environment Day:

On the 5th of June we celebrated World Environment Day 2010. The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity and the theme of this year’s World Environment Day was “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet. A world without biodiversity is a very bleak prospect and this is something that we in Jiuzhai Valley National Park are very aware of.
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June 2010
Summer 2010 in Jiuzhai Valley:

Jiuzhai Valley National Park is open from 7am every morning. We advise you to enter the park as early as possible to get the most from your experience. It’s a great time of year to take part in one of our eco-toruism hikes. For more details click here.
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May 2010
Jiuzhai Valley featured on Tides of Time:

For the third consecutive year, UNESCO have partnered with the International Herlad Tribune and Jaeger-LeCoultre to raise awareness and funds for the preservation of endangered ecosystems. View the features on Jiuzhai Valley on UNESCO's website and on Jaeger LeCoultre's.
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17 May 2010
Zharu Eco-tourism on Reuters:

Hiking into the heart of Tibetan “Paradise”. Jack Li, our eco-tourism manager accompanied this journalist and her family into Zharu Valley in April. Read her account here.
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5 June 2009
World Environment Day:

Jiuzhai Valley National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be supporting UNEP World Environment Day on June 5th. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day – “Your planet needs you” – is meant to inspire all of us to do our part.
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1 June 2009
Children’s Day:

June the 1st is International Children’s day and on that day all children under the age of 14 will enjoy free admission to Jiuzhai Valley National Park.
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12 May 2009
The busiest day in the history of Jiuzhai Valley National Park.:

A big thank you to all the friends and guests who came to Jiuzhai Valley on the 12th of May 2009. It was the busiest day in the history of Jiuzhai Valley and provided a much needed boost to the local economy.
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12 May 2009
Earthquake anniversary ceremony:

To cememorate the devestating Sichuan earthquake and those who lost their lives, Jiuzhai Valley will offer free entry to everybody on May 12th 2009.
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Spring 2009 Update
Spring time has arrived in Jiuzhai Valley and so the park’s opening hour’s will be 7am – 6:30pm from May 1st.
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1 April 2009
2nd day ticket from April 1st 2009:

From April 1st until June 30th 2009 your entry ticket is valid for two days (bus ticket is valid for one day).
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Eco-Tourism 2009
Eco-tourism, including hiking and camping is close to being opened in the park for the first time this year.
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1 March 2009
Jiuzhai Valley in the March ‘09 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.
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Around Jiuzhai Valley

Jiuzhai Valley is located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. The Aba Prefecture of Sichuan contains 5 National Parks including 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely: Jiuzhai Valley National Park, Huanglong National Park and the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (Wolong and Siguniang Shan).

Suggestions for travel around the area from Jiuzhai Valley

Jiuzhai Valley to Songpan

Songpan is the closest big town to Huanglong National Park and the Jiu Huang airport, which also services Jiuzhai Valley National Park.

The ancient city of Songpan was built during Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) and it was later rebuilt during Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Songpan was an important military post and economic and trading center for horse and tea exchange between Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Tibet. In 1935, led by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the retreating Chinese Communist Army marched through the plateau of Songpan to advance to the north western province.

As well the history and scenery of Songpan the cultural diversity is one of the most fascinating in China. Because of its location, four ethnic groups are resident in the ancient town of Songpan, including Tibetan, Qiang, Hui (Muslim) and Han (Mandarin). This contributes to the unique cultural style of this ancient town. Kangba Culture, a kind of multi-cultural medley of the four different cultural elements in this ancient historical town makes it a rare if not unique example of cultural history in China.

Walking along the bustling ancient streets in the town, some exquisite objects and ornaments can be found in the old stores, such as silver bracelets, silver rings, ethnic costumes and yak horn hair combs! Such cultural diversity gives rise to such unusual and tempting culinary delights as braised male duck with aweto, fritillaria chicken, crispy yam as well as traditional Tibetan, Qiang, Hui and Han treats.

While the ancient city of Songpan itself has plenty to keep you busy, the countryside surrounding the city offers a variety of tourist attractions. The Min Shan mountain range surrounding the city provides such sights as Tibetan cattle and yak herders leading their livestock over rolling grasses, endless valleys, and other beautiful landscapes. The best way to view this authentic side of minority mountain life is through one of Songpan’s many horse trekking excursions.

Songpan’s horse treks range anywhere from half day to 12 day treks. The best way to view this authentic side of minority mountain life is through one of Songpan’s many horse trekking excursions. experienced guides who look after the horses, cook your food and set up your camp while you can relax and take in the breathtaking views – or you can help the guides if you would prefer. The horse trekking companies are about 40m from the bus station on the left, just before Emma’s Kitchen (Western & Chinese restaurant) as you walk towards the main city’s northern gate.