??????? Now how did we know about this place? Well 2 years ago whilst on holiday to Tibet, we heard about the beutiful sceneries at Jiuzhaigou...but got no time to visit it then...even though it was very near to LAHSA SO this place is always in mumsie's mind...
Jiuzhaigou, which means "Valley of Nine Villages"' is regarded as one of the most beautiful place in China. This nature reserve is located on the north of Sichuan province in central China, bordering Tibet. Since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Jiuzhaigou has become China's biggest landscape destinations, this despite having one of the highest entrance fees of any parks in China. During peak travel season in October, the park is crowded with domestic tourists, undeterred by the remoteness, long journey, and by one of the highest entrance fees in China.. Travellers keen to visit Jiushaigou are advised to book early to avoid disappointment, as hotel rooms are hard to come by during the peak travel period.!!!
Although Tibetans and Qiang people have inhabited Jiuzhaigou for centuries, the scenic valley was only "accidentally discovered" in 1972 when a Chinese lumberman stumbled upon it. In 1982 Jiuzhaigou was made a national park. From then on, tourism in Jiuzhaigou took flight, and Jiuzhaigou quickly became China's number one landscape destination. Its status was further propelled forward when UNESCO inscribed it as a World Heritage Site and a World Biosphere Reserve.
This is how our hotel looks like in the day time
Inside the main Holiday Inn hotel...this is the ceiling at the hotel lobby
This is Jiuzhai Paradise Theatre
After breakfast we got some time to roam around the hotel before we set off to Jiuzhaigou Valley Nature Reserve
Look at the amount of tourist buses...
Waiting for the tour leader to get our entrance tickets....
This is taken from the coach window whilst on our way to different scenic spots
Jiuzhaigou is also known as the 'Fairyland on Earth" Beautiful sceneries taken from our coach!!!
Though this is the smallest of the four main water
The sprays fly in the air, creating an elegant screen
Then there was this Pearl (Zhenzhu) Shoal water fall...gotta to be there to absorb its sound and beauty...We were told that a scene from the TV adaptation of Journey to the WEST was filmed here.
You can feel the energy that surges down the fall as you stand there on the wooden platform and be enveloped by the spray
Blocked by trees in the upper lake, it turns into streams of water dashing against protruding rocks midway and exploding into millions of petal-shaped falls. Viewed from the distrance, it looks like a water lily bursting in the sky.
Then the Nuorilang Falls which is regarded as the widest highland waterfall in China and a landmark of Jiuzhaigou
The lakes vary in colour and aspect according to their depths, residues, and surroundings. It is strictly forbidden for tourists to be in direct contact with the lakes!!
Doesn't this look like out of your calendar decor??
Seems to be a place "haunted" by brides..... During our visit there we witnessed quite a few of them taking their "wedding" photos
They come with their "Pro" with sun shades and reflectors for photography
Since the Jiuzhaigour Scenic Park opened its doors to paying visitors in 1984, the number of tourists entering Jiuzhaigou has taken several quantum leaps, in tandem with China's growing middle class. From just 5000 visitors in 1984, the number ballooned to over 100,oo0 visitors in the 90's. By the end of 2002, the total number of vistors has exceeded a million. To preserve Jiuzhaigou for the future, and to halt environmental degradation, a quota of 12,000 visitors per day was imposed during high season.
There is an extraordinary spectacle here water
The Jiuzhaigou Valley is an enchanged forest, a harmony of nature especially remarkable during the autumn months
As we travelled through the valley we passed by many small and large lakes ,about 40lakes representing half of all the lakes in Jiuzhaigou. Among these lakes the DOUBLE-Dragon,, Tiger Lake, Reed Lake , Five Flower Lake (Wuhua Hai) are the most featured.
Visitors are likely to reach a consensus that jiuzhaigou is the best of Nature creation.
The water is so transparent it is possible to see the reflections of the ripples at the bottom of the lake. It is amazingly white in colour because of the calcium.
Crystal clear water of the lakes
Mumsie buying some souvenirs.
Yet another bride & groom
We were taken to Jiuzhaigou Shuzheng Village one of the 3 Tibetan villages that still remain th the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve today.
Although only traces of these villages remain today, what remains has now been taken over by tourism. Most of the inhabitants of Jiuzhaigou have been moved out of the park, so that the area can be kept pristine. At Shuzheng Village, tourists is confronted by mass commercialism. There is a lot of Tibetan souvenir that one can buy here.
Inside one of their houses...colourful ceilings
Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the wind
This bride wore black instead of the customery white
The peak season is October because its Autumn, when the surrounding trees and shrubs are very colourful (Changing colours of autumn leaves)
What a post from Dadda!!!!!
The water of Wuchai Chi is among the most colourful in Jiuzhaigou. Within Wucai Chi are patches of light green, milky white, bright yellow , deep blue, torquoise and more. This id due to the aquatic lifeforms such as planktons sponges,
Another scenic view of the Pearl Shoal Waterfall
The full power and majesty of Pearl Shoal Waterfall
After the tour we were rushed back to the hotel for dinner and then straight to the theatre for our show
The show was about the creation of paradise on earth - one of the places is called the 'hidden paradise' is in Jiuzhaigou.
Everyone received Tibetan greeting scarfs when we arrived
A nightly folklore show featuring the various songs and dances of the Tibetan and Qiang tribes is staged here.
Tibetan tribe celebrate life on earth
The show lasts 1.5 hours and features a extravaganza of acrobatics, songs, dances and sketches of the Tibetan and Qiang people.
See them dance and sing with great vigour to please the crowd, Indeed the dancers were very energetic and from strict regime of acrobatic dance, mumsie marvelled at how fit they are.
And the singers/dancers are beautiful
The show ends with a "marriage" of heaven and earth creating a much more colorful and a happily ever after life.
This represents the unity of heaven and earth