Nine Villages Valley

Nine Villages Valley

One of China's most beautiful secrets and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nine Villages Valley (or Jiuzhaigou) is a natural wonderland, stumbled upon by a lumberjack in 1972. Covering over 700 square kilometres of magnificent mountain valleys, the area is dotted with nine traditional Tibetan villages (after which it is named) with plenty of striking alpine scenery and a number of protected species.

Settled in the 1300s by a group of Tibetan pilgrims who came to the area seeking refuge, the towering mountain range kept them, and the area, hidden for six centuries. Even today it is still wonderfully remote and pristine due to conservation efforts. Beneath these snow-capped peaks, the valley floors are dotted with turquoise, green and pink lakes – legend tells that they are the broken slivers of the Tibetan goddess Semo’s mirror, and rich, diverse forests. As you explore you’ll come across much natural beauty, including waterfalls, whilst some of the lakes have crystal clear waters through which you can see tree trunks, sunk to the lake bed in times gone by. 

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holiday duration 15 Days from
holiday price 2,745pp

Sichuan Province is the natural habitat of one of the world's endangered species – the Giant Panda. We observe these magnificent creatures at the Panda Conservation Centre in Bifengxia as well as admire the Grand Buddha in Leshan. We also visit Mt Emei, Buddhist Dazu and beautiful Nine Villages Valley.

holiday duration 14 Days from
holiday price 3,045pp

Uncover the Nine Villages Valley, a part of China with turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls. Rarely seen by western visitors, this delightful scenery is one of China’s real treasures. Combined with the most popular sights of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai this tour really provides the best of both worlds.

holiday duration 22 Days from
holiday price 3,345pp

Towering pinnacles swathed in mist, sky-skimming mountains and nature at its most verdant are just some of the wonders included on this scenic tour. Indulge your senses with China’s most spectacular, mysterious and dramatic natural highlights.

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Six Facts About The Nine Villages Valley

The national park has 223 recorded species of birds.

In the winter the area gets so cold that the waterfalls freeze mid-flow in a spectacular ice cascade.

The nine villages are Heye, Yana, Guodu, Heijiao, Rexi, Jianpan, Zechawa, Panya and Shuzheng – though only seven are still populated.

The Nine Villages Valley is home to small populations of endangered species – giant pandas, the Sichuan golden snub-nose monkey, snow leopards and the Asian small-clawed otter.

The vivid colours of the valley’s pools are caused by calcium carbonate.

One of the valleys is home to 40% of all of the plant species that exist in China today. 

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