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.
read the full post >

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.
read the full post >

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.
read the full post >

1 March 2009
Jiuzhai Valley in the March ‘09 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.
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News

June 2011. The Pandas are Back!

On Monday, June 25, staff from our environmental protection department, while looking for wild animal activity within remote parts of the national park, found fresh Giant Panda scat. Although a significant amount of panda activity was spotted near the national park boundaries in 2011, this was the first time since 2006 that panda scat was found inside of the national park boundaries.

The 2006 sample was already one year old when found but this most recent sample is estimated to have been around two weeks old. This is the first time in over ten years that such a fresh sample has been found within the park.

Although the adult male panda itself was not spotted, this is a very encouraging sign to everyone interested in Giant Panda habitats. The bamboo in the national park flowered in the 1980’s and subsequently died. As experts have identified over the past few years, the bamboo in Jiuzhai Valley is now abundant enough that it again provides a perfect habitat for the Giant Panda.

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. All of the work is hoped to be completed by late 2012 but there is no guarantee. It is best to check with your accommodation provider in Chengdu for the most up to date travel times.

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.

The Legend of Zhayi Zhaga
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/the-legend-of-zhayi-zhaga/

Faces and Artifacts at Old Zharu
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/faces-and-artifacts-at-old-zharu/

TV Cameras and Falling Rocks
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/11/tv-cameras-and-falling-rocks/

All-Natural Terraces
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/all-natural-terraces/

Soil Samples and Peanut Butter
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/soil-samples-and-peanut-butter/

Yak Butter Tea and Tibetan Culture
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/yak-butter-tea-and-tibetan-culture/

Digging Around for Snails
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/digging-around-for-snails/

River Sand in Bedrock
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/river-sand-in-bedrock/

Living Dangerously in Sichuan Province
http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/living-dangerously-in-sichuan-province/

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. The weather in Jiuzhai Valley has been largely clear and sunny and temperatures have ranged from 20°C to just over 30°C. There has however been some disruption to the public bus schedules from Chegndu to Jiuzhai Valley in recent weeks. On the 14th and again on the 19th of august landslides near Ping Wu lead to many public busses cancelling their travel to Jiuzhai Valley. These landslides are regular during very dry or very wet weather and there were no casualties reported. These landslides have bloacked roads, not wiped out villages. Because of debris on the road there have been some travel delays in recent weeks. Public busses are now travelling as normal. It is advisable that you contact the bus stations in Chengdu or your travel provider to enquire about the daily schedules. Travel agent’s busses have been banned from travelling to Jiuzhai Valley from Chengdu until the 30th of September to minimise delays and to allow construction vehicles to clear the debris. The road from the airport to Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong National Parks have not been affected at all and all traffic on these roads is running as normal. At this time our thoughts are with the many people in Gansu, Sichuan and other parts of China that have been affected by the recent flooding.

World Environment Day 2010

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. Millions of people and millions of species all share the same planet, and only together can we enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. We all should consider carefully the actions each of us must take, and then address ourselves to our common task of preserving all life on Earth. It is up to all of us to employ our individual and collective power to stem the tide of extinction. The conservation work of the United National Environment Programme has brought some species back from the brink, and has restored some vital natural habitats around the world. Let us resolve to do much more, and much faster, to win the race against extinction! For more information on World Environment Day and for ideas on what you can do, see (Text from the UNEP’s website). UNEP’s website.

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. Summer weather can be rainy and sunny in the one day so you should come prepared for both. It is important to protect against sun burn, especially at these high altitudes. It’s a great time of year to take part in one of our eco-toruism hikes. For more details click here.

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. A number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites are being featured during the year and Jiuzhai Valley was featured in May of this year. There have also been a series of one page features in the International Herald Tribune. Jiuzhai Valley National Park is delighted to work with these organisations for such an important cause. View the features on Jiuzhai Valley on UNESCO's website and on Jaeger LeCoultre's.

17 May 2010 - Zharu Valley Featured on Reuters

Hiking into the heart of Tibetan “Paradise”. Jack Li, our eco-tourism manager has been running eco-tourism in the Zharu Valley since it started in July 2009. His excellent English language abilities and enthusiasm for nature and local Tibetan culture has resulted in many happy and enlightened guests. In April this year he accompanied this journalist and her family into Zharu Valley. Read her account here.

June 5th - 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.

Jiuzhai Valley’s environment is fragile and everyone; local people, staff and guests, are required to play their role in ensuring its conservation for future generations. As always, all visitors are required to refrain from smoking, not to stray from the walkways, to care for plants and animals and ensure litter is appropriately disposed of. To see the full list of Jiuzhai Valley’s “Do’s and Dont’s” click here.

Protecting the environment is not exclusive to national parks, we can all reduce our impact on the environment in our homes and work places. Although individual decisions may seem small, when billions of people across the world join forces in a common purpose we can make a tremendous difference.

Jiuzhai Valley welcomes all visitors to take part in the World Environment Day activities on June 5th. Look out for special displays and activities on the day.

For more information on World Environment Day, see http://www.unep.org/wed/2009/english/.

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."
- Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

June 1st - 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. This is an ideal opportunity to teach the adults of the future of the importance of environmental protection and help them to appreciate the natural beauty of Jiuzhai Valley.

Family is an important part of Tibetan culture and we always welcome children here. So come along with your family and you will all be supporting those who are still suffering from last year’s earthquake while enjoying summer in Jiuzhai Valley.

As is always the case, children under 1.3 meters ride the busses for free.

May 12th – 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. It is hoped that it will be the start of a much needed good year for the people of Jiuzhaigou County and Northern Aba Prefecture.

May 12th - 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. A ceremony will take place at the park entrance at 9am on the morning of the 12th of May that every body is invited to take part in.

Jiuzhai Valley tourism generates the vast majority of the income in the northern Aba Prefecture in Sichuan and this is an effort to encourage visitors to return, which is the best way to help those still suffering from the 2008 tragedy to get back on their feet. Although Jiuzhai Valley experienced no damage during the earthquake, tourism numbers have been drastically reduced. 2008 was over 75% down on 2007. This had a severe knock on economic affect on the people of Jiuzhai Valley and the people of the Aba Prefecture who benefit from the tourism industry.

This is a great time of year to visit Jiuzhai Valley and at the same time would be a great way to show your support for the Sichuan people.

We are looking forward to seeing you during 2009!

Wang Qiang,
Director, Tourism Planning Department.

Spring update

Spring time has arrived in Jiuzhai Valley and so the park’s opening hour’s will be 7am – 6:30pm from May 1st. Weather in the park is warm during the mainly sunny days and cool at night. Rain is possible during the days but mostly rain has been at night.

Updated transport schedules are available here.

Contrary to some conflicting reports, Jiuzhai Valley has been open to all tourists during March of this year. There are now no travel restrictions on foreigners travelling to the park by land or by air.

In March of this year, Jiuzhai Valley was represented at the ITB Tourism Exhibition in Berlin and the hope is to continue to attract more and more foreign tourists to help spread the word of Jiuzhai Valley around the world.

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). In order to gain entry on the second day you must tell the ticket attendant when you enter the park and they will take your photo which will be checked on the second day.

Eco-Tourism 2009

Eco-tourism, including hiking and camping is close to being opened in the park for the first time this year. If you are interested in this or for more information see the eco-tourism information page or contact us here.

Jiuzhai Valley in the March ‘09 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.

Jiuzhai Valley was featured in the March 2009 issue of the National Geographic Magazine. National Geographic staff visited the park in 2007 and again in early 2009. For the full story and pictures click here.

1 September 2008: New Jiuzhai Valley National Park english language website

Welcome to the new version of the Jiuzhai Valley National Park website, we are adding new content constently, so please check back again soon. We hope you enjoy it!

8/8/08 Jiuzhai Valley and Northern Sichuan Tourism, Official Re-Opening

Although Jiuzhai Valley or Huanglong National Parks in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northern Sichuan did not experience any significant damage as a result of the May 12th earthquake, the national government restricted access to organised tourism to most of the northern Sichuan region. During this time Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong National Parks continued to welcome tourists that travelled independently.

On August 6th 2008, the Sichuan Provincial Tourism Bureau along with the Aba Prefecture government and the Jiuzhai Valley Administration officially re-opened the region to all tourists and travel agencies during a celebration of Tibetan and Qiang cultural performances at Jiuzhai Valley National Park.

According to a Xinhua (national news agency) report 568 of more than 4,000 tourist attractions in Sichuan Province were damaged by the earthquake, with economic losses totalling 27.84 billion Yuan (about 4 billion US dollars). Although Jiuzhai Valley and Huanglong National Parks were not included in this number, the parks themselves and especially the local people suffered dramatic economic losses through a lack of tourists.

Many thousands of people throughout the Aba and northern Sichuan region make the vast majority of their annual income between May and November from tourism related activities. 2008 tourist numbers have been down by a staggering 90%+ between May and August 10th on the same period in 2007.

Both of the UNESCO accredited National Parks used the downtime to improve products and services offered in the region to make the tourist’s experience even more enjoyable. The lack of visitors now puts the present tourists in an enviable position. It is not likely that one will be able to visit these areas in the middle of the peak season ever again and have to share it with so few others.

For further and updates on tourism in the region see www.jiuzhai.com.

Download the official press release PDF here.

Jiuzhaigou Administrative Bureau.