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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Contact us

You can contact us via our contact page: here.

How to get to and from the park?

There are many different options to get to the park. It is possible to self-drive, to get the bus or to fly. There is a detailed list of different options of getting to Jiuzhai Valley here.

How are the roads to the park?

The road from Chengdu via Mian Yang, Jiang You, Ping Wu, Nanping is open and much of the way is a newly built highway. Road works do occur from time to time but usually road work delays are minimal. As is the case everywhere in China accidents do occasionally happen and delays can occur. Self - driving it can be done in between 8 and 10 hours.

Since the May 12th 2008 earthquake, the road via Ying Xiu and Wen Chuan to Songpan is open to private vehicles and public busses. It is not open to travel agent’s buses. This is to keep the road free due to the amount of construction vehicles in the area at the moment. Direct Chengdu - Jiuzhai Valley busses are using the road via Mian Yang, Jiang You and Ping Wu since it was repaired and re-opened in 2009. These routes can change depending on road conditions.

It is only possible to stay within the Jiuzhai Valley National Park as part of an overnight hiking tour in the Zharu Valley. See the eco-tourism section of this website for more information.

It is not possible to stay in family homes. The reason for this regulation is due to excess water usage and waste caused by large numbers of people.

Is it possible to stay in the park?

It is not possible to stay within Jiuzhai Valley National Park. This is due to excess water usage and solid waste caused by large numbers of people. In the long run it is not sustainable to open the whole of the park to over night guests.

Plans are currently underway to open Zharu Valley to eco-tourism including hiking and camping. This will be possible as part of a guided tour. Click here for further information.

What services are in the area?

There are branches of the Agricultural Bank of China and Construction Bank of China in the villages close to the park entrance.

There are also China Development Bank ATMs. All of the ATMs in the area accept international credit cards.

There are hospitals in Nanping and Chuan Zhu Si. There is a medical centre at the park entrance offering basic first aid and oxygen and there are doctor's clinics in and around the towns outside the park.

Should you require a Tibetan massage, foot massage or haircut after a days walking these are also readily available.

Is Jiuzhai Valley a safe area?

Jiuzhai Valley is completely safe for tourists and the crime rate is extremely low. As with all busy tourist locations caution should be taken with regard to valuables.

Jiuzhai Valley did not experience any damage during the May 12th 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

How is the weather in Jiuzhai Valley?

Jiuzhai Valley enjoys some of the clearest weather in China. Even on the days where it does rain there is usually half a day or so of sunshine as well. Be aware that the sun burn factor at this altitude is more severe than at lower elevations so precautions should be taken. For a more detailed account of the weather please see here.

What sustainable tourism efforts do Jiuzhai Valley have in place?

Jiuzhai Valley is one of the premier eco-tourism and sustainable tourism destinations in China. Although there is still plenty of work to be done, many projects and policies have already be put in place. Click here for more information on Jiuzhai Valley’s environmental protection measures.

How much do Jiuzhai Valley tickets cost?

Ticket prices vary according to season. Please click here for a detailed price list.

What are the accommodation options in the Jiuzhai Valley area?

There are over 20,000 beds in the Jiuzhai Valley region. These range from 5 star international brand to 1 star to traditional home stay accommodation. Please click here for more information.

When to visit?

Every season presents different experiences in Jiuzhai Valley making any time of year a good time to visit. This should prepare you for your visit.

Spring in Jiuzhai Valley enjoys lovely clear skies and sunny days. The weather is changeable however and there can be rain and snow depending on the altitude. You would be very unlucky to come in spring and not experience some nice sunny days.

Summer in Jiuzhai Valley is a celebration of everything green! All the mountains that had dried up over the winter have returned to full life. Summer is when Jiuzhai Valley gets most of its rain but it still enjoys plenty of hot sunny days which feel a lot hotter than the official 17ºC mean temperature that is provided.

Autumn in Jiuzhai Valley is possibly the most breathtaking time of the year. All the different trees and plants change different colours at the same time creating a circus of colour which reflect perfectly in the bright blue and green lakes.

Winter in Jiuzhai Valley is described as a “Winter Fairyland”. Although this may sound like something you would read in a child’s fairy tale book, when you see it you will agree. Many of the waterfalls are frozen still while the snow covered trees present the perfect contrast of colour against the brightly coloured lakes. Temperatures do drop to as low as -5ºC but this is the driest time of the year. The mountains are a barron looking brown colour where the conifers are not and when they are not under snow. Even though temperatures can be quite low when there are clear blue skies it can be quite warm in the sunshine.

Travelling with children

All of the international hotels cater for children of all ages. The majority of domestic hotels do also but it is recommended that you check in advance with the hotel if you are travelling with infants. Usual precautions should be taken when eating and tap water should be avoided to be safe.

Chinese visa information

All international tourists visiting China for leisure purposes are required to have a Chinese Tourist Visa (L). These are typically offered for 30 days, but 60 or 90 days can also be obtained.

China tourist visas can be applied for at a Chinese embassy or Consulate. As the regulations for applying for China visas as well as the visas that have been available have been changing recently recommend you contact the Chinese embassy in your home country for more information. For your relevant Chinese embassy contact details please click on your home country:

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