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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Sustainable Tourism and Conservation in Jiuzhai Valley

Brief history of environmental protection:

Jiuzhai Valley first became a park in 1978 and initially was focussed more on anti-logging and restoration work. However, as tourism and education have risen in importance in the new Chinese economy, the park has followed these trends and has been extremely progressive in recent years, inviting foreign expertise in sustainable tourism development, community outreach and environmental technology to come and provide assistance and advice.

Wooden Walkways

There are over 70km of wooden walkways throughout Jiuzhai Valley National Park. Not only do these improve the sustainability of tourism in the park by reducing the impact of visitors on the environment, they also maximise visitor enjoyment by facilitating walking through the national park to sites not visible from the road. These walkways have been built with the absolute minimum impact on the surroundings.

Wastewater management

Toilet and kitchen waste in Jiuzhai Valley is presently managed to avoid seepage and aesthetic concerns. However a new municipal waste treatment plant has recently been completed and three new systems are being built. These are:

1. Park Village waste water systems for the local people
2. Park tourist toilet system
3. Major waste treatment plant for the region

Local Community work

The park works with outreach and local communities in many ways. It set up a Community Liaison Office in 1989. Today, with a staff of 17 it provides assistance to local people in business planning, health and education, land ownership and legal advice as well as holding community meetings and participatory seminars where local issues and park-community dialogue can take place.

Fire protection

Educational projects run by Jiuzhai Valley, include a regional forest fire prevention program. Fire risk is high in these Alpine environments and controlled burning of meadows and fire breaks is necessary to prevent very large fires from occurring. The majority of local communities still live in traditional wooden houses, so house-fire risk is also very high.

International linkages

Jiuzhai Valley has taken the lead with the development of international partnerships with organisations such as the IUCN and UNESCO, universities around the world, such as University of California and Washington in the USA, Chemnitz in Germany and Osaka in Japan. Jiuzhai Valley has created sister park relationships with Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, with Yosemite, Yellowstone and Olympic National Parks in the USA, as well as attending the World Parks Congress for the first time in 2003 in South Africa.

These partnerships and links help Jiuzhai Valley to measure itself against the experiences and challenges in management, tourism development as well as community development and environmental protection in a variety of different environments and settings around the globe and through staff exchange and training has proved one of the parks greatest strengths and something it is very proud of.

These exchanges are mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Niki Nicholas, Chief of Resources Management and Science in Yosemite National Park said of one such exchange in February 2007, "With our diverse visitor base in Yosemite, it is incredibly valuable to be able to exchange perspectives and knowledge with these (Jiuzhai Valley National Park) rangers. We are excited to be a part of this global communication and betterment of our world's public lands." Among the topics covered on this particular program were carrying capacity, visitor management, and relationships with local communities.


Jiuzhai Valley has been monitoring animal and plants populations since the late 1970's. Water monitoring of the surface lakes and streams began in the 1980's. However with the major increase in tourism since the 1990's aligned with a logging ban on the Yangtze river basin (of which Jiuzhai Valley belongs) and major changes in lifestyle for the rural Tibetans living in these areas, more focussed and complex environmental monitoring was required. Thus in 2007, Jiuzhai Valley began the implementation of a new Integrated Monitoring System based on Geographic Information Systems mapping and database technology. In brief this means focussing on a small number of key "vital signs" for the health of the Jiuzhai Valley National Park, and its capacity to remain undamaged by tourism or other more subtle influences such as climate change.

Today the park monitors water and forests in a measurable weekly protocol, takes readings from satellite and automatic sensors in weather and land use change and is beginning a Visitor Experience for Resource Protection (VERP). This VERP study, the first of its kind to be carried out in China, looks at visitor experience and visitor behaviour in a park or protected area and studies impacts on this experience as the key criteria, rather than a base analysis of visitor numbers to the site.


Restoration of landslips, and replanting of old growth pine forests, logged here in the 1960's has formed the basis for the forestry programs at Jiuzhai Valley over the past 30 years. Notwithstanding the risks inherent in pure planting programs (forest fires are a natural part of mountain ecology in these regions, so pure planting and suppression of fire leads to more timber in the forests that can burn later) there are now thousands of hectares of new and healthy forests in the park and surrounding mountains, where once, scarred hillsides and blackened stumps were the norm.

The national government’s planting programs are more concerned with inhibiting flooding, than with wildlife habitat creation and conservation. That said, their huge regional forestry programs have had positive knock-on effects for wildlife and in the past 10 years such as re-growth of bird habitats, of bamboo panda habitats and rich alpine and sub-alpine forests are now providing vibrant ecosystems for the park’s species to live in.