Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jiuzhaigou National Park (九寨沟)

Jiuzhaigou National Park (九寨沟); literally “Valley of Nine Villages” is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, a province in south western China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.
It lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, 330 km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu. It is part of the Jiuzhaigou County (formerly Nanping County) in the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province, near the Gansu border.
Valley of Nine Villages
on the way from airport to the nine villages….weather was extremely cold as the ice capped surroundings were starting to melt away….making the ground very slippery

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Valley of Nine Villages
one of the waterfall site along the way

water is clean and clear to depth, wind is light, ice is melting and temperature is low….till minus 14 after sunset that could spell trouble for any arthritis suffers.

clear blue greenish water renowned of these lakes

majestic waterfall within the park…….speedily melting away

waterfall, Sichuan
looks like an ice sculpture…..gift of mother nature!!!

a village situated at the foot of a valley alongside the way to chengdu city

Chengdu, Sichuan
local favourite hot and spicy noodle or called "sad" noodle. literally so spicy that it makes a person tears and that's how it gets its name 

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