Name: Jiuzhaigou National Park (literally, “Valley of Nine Villages”)
Location: Jiuzhaigou county in northern Sichuan, China
Altitude: range from 1,998 to 4,764 m
Entrance Fee: Y220 / adult; Y170 / student
Open Time: 6am – 7pm
According to legend, Jiuzhaigou was created when a jealous devil caused the goddess Semo to drop her magic mirror, a gift from her lover – the warlord god Dage. The mirror fell on to the ground and shattered into 118 glittering turquoise lakes.
^ “yaks dressed up to be photoed”
Sure, many may complain about the hassle travelling here, comparatively high cost and ‘too many tourists’ syndrome. All true enough, but just once – you will never forget this piece of memory.
Start with the greener-than-green lakes and rushing waterfalls, add in deep green trees backed by snowy moutains, then lace with a long well-maintained walking trails, and you’ll just begin to get the charm of it.
Those pools of eye candy are what may only be seen in your dreams, along with snow-coated mountain peaks, and forests and meadows, home to protected takins, golden monekeys and pandas.
Since opening, tourist activity has increased every year. As of 2004, the site averages 7,000 visits / day, with a quota of 12,000 being enforced during high season.
Despite those drawbacks, Jiuzhaigou is still a remarkable gem, and worth a splurge of RMB and time.
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