Located in the north of Sichuan Province; Jiuzhaigou County (previously known as Nanping County until being
renamed in 1998) is part of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Since the opening of the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and
Located in the north of Sichuan Province; Jiuzhaigou County (previously known as Nanping County until
being renamed in 1998) is part of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Since the opening of the Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area in 1984; visitors have flocked to the region year by year; and
the prosperous tourist industry now accounts for a large proportion of local revenue.
Lying on the highest tableland in the world between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau;
Jiuzhaigou Valley covers altitudes ranging from 2;000 meters (656;168 feet) to about 4;300 meters (14;107;
612 feet). With its large number of lake groups; waterfalls and rich variety of endangered plants and fauna;
Jiuzhaigou was awarded the status of UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1997 and was also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The reserve has received a string of other titles including that of a National Geological Park; a AAAA Class Scenic Spot in China and a Green Globe 21.
With some of the most beautiful and inspiring scenery on earth and some of the reserves scenic spots considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang people; it is no wonder a number of mysterious legends surround
the wonderful landscape of Jiuzhaigou. Many people are drawn to the area for these reasons; and with the park
open all year round the authorities have ensured that the fragile environment is sufficiently protected with a range of comprehensive tourist facilities.
In previous years it had been difficult for visitors to get to Jiuzhaigou due to its isolated location; however
this is no longer a concern due to the construction of the Jiuzhaigou Ring Way which links the reserve with Chengdu and the Jiuhuang Airport; and has made gaining access to the park a great deal easier. Today most
visitors transfer at Chengdu onto long-distance buses or flights going to Jiuzhaigou. The route on the ring way passes through a number of attractions and is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery; providing many a
distraction for anyone making the journey. The route offers opportunities to enjoy the great Dujiangyan Irrigation Project; the beautiful Mt.Siguniangshan (Four Maiden's Mountain) Scenic Area and another of the world's most naturally stunning locations - the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area.
Historically; Jiuzhaigou has been home to small population of Tibetan and Qing people; and provides a
good opportunity to get to know more about the locals' unique life and culture. The highlight of any trip to these areas are special performances laid on by the Tibetan and Qiang people which are also a popular form of nightlife in Jiuzhaigou. Moreover; trying some of the typical local foods and picking up a number of the
reasonably-priced; locally-produced goods of the Tibetan and Qiang groups are something of a must on your trip.
Jiuzhaigou has been blessed with some of the most captivating landscapes on earth and words simply do not do it justice; and so you are encouraged to visit at the earliest opportunity.
Jilin Province is situated in the central section of China's northeast region. It is bordered by Heilongjiang on the north; Liaoniang to the south; Inner Mongolia on the west and North Korea on the east. This location gives Jilin Province
Jilin Province is situated in the central section of China's northeast region. It is bordered by Heilongjiang on the north; Liaoniang to the south; Inner Mongolia on the west and North Korea on the east. This location gives Jilin Province its favorable temperate climate; which includes a lengthy winter with snow that can start as early as
October and last until April. Despite the winter cold; people flock to this area for the Ice Lantern Festival and the
winter sports. Jilin is known as an area for winter sports and has produced some of the best ski resorts in China. However; Jilin has many other natural and historical attractions to entertain its residents and visitors.
What to see
Changbaishan (Tall White Mountain) includes several highlights that will delight any visitor. There is the mountain itself; which is a nature preserve that has tigers; deer; black bears; leopards; and sable among the
more than 200 varieties of wildlife that live in its original; undisturbed forests. Within the forests are innumerable
hot springs and a more than 1;500 species of plants. Rare birds; such as the flying Dragon Bird; also make their
home in this mountain forest. On the very top of the mountain is Tianchi (Heavenly Lake). The view is nothing short of miraculous and perhaps; as a reward for climbing up this volcanic cone; you might be lucky enough to
catch a glimpse of the lake's very own resident 'monster.' The mountain also includes a spectacular waterfall which is the source of the Song Hua River. The western side of the mountain range has three lakes: Songhua; Tai Lake;
and Dongting Lake; as well as China's largest ice-skating training facility.
Another nature preserve in Jilin is Xianghai in Tongyu County. This preserve contains more than 100 swamps of varying sizes; 170 species of birds including many that are rarely seen elsewhere; a wide variety of fish;
more than 250 different herbal plants; and a wide variety trees.
Interesting historical landmarks are also available in Jilin Province. One of the most famous is the General's Tomb. This granite pyramid was built in the 4th Century for the king of the Gaogouli nation. Its seven stories sit on a base that covers almost 1;000 square meters (about 10;746 square feet). The stones of this pyramid each weigh
several tons. The construction of this pyramid was an ominous undertaking for its time. Hiding within the massive stone structure; are a secret passage and the coffin of the king.
In Fu Yu County there is a stele monument called Deshengtuo. The stele was built in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 A.D.) and has a singular beauty. Made of a green stone; the top has four dragons carved into it. The
center part has 815 characters of poetry and praise on one side and the other side has double that amount of writing. At the base is a giant tortoise; whose body is also heavily inscribed; finishes the composition of this stele.
Pu Yi; the last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty; lived in Chang Chun; the capital city of Jilin; in an Imperial
Palace for 14 years (1931 - 1945). This luxurious palace; which also was the administrative departments of the
'Puppet Manchurian Government' has hills; gardens; ponds; swimming pools; and various other forms of
recreational facilities. The architecture and design of this 12-hectare (30-acre) palace is a worthy site to visit for its beauty and unique historical importance. Photographs of the emperor; his weddings; wives; parents; and
English teacher are on display in the museum.
Jilin has so much to offer in natural beauty and resources - fertile land; dense forests; and rich mineral
deposits; countless plants and herbs; a wide variety of birds and animals; and vast grasslands. Did you know
that in the city of Jilin there is a Meteorite Shower Museum that houses the largest piece of a meteorite found anywhere in the world； Jilin truly has a diversity of activities and sights.