in the depths of the mountains in the border area of Nanping, Songpan
and Pingwu counties in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of
northwestern Sichuan,
is a fairyland called Jiuzhaigou – Nine-Village Valley, which is the
home of nine Tibetan villages. The valley is 50 kilometers in length.


place is dotted with more than 100 gorgeous lakes, which differ from
others by having a high concentration of calcium carbonate, so that the
lakebeds and embankments are all covered with crystals. The water is so
clear that the bottom is visible despite depths of several dozen
meters. Waterfalls are the essence of the scenery in Jiuzhaigou. They
are created between lakes on
different levels with water flowing down
the cliffs covered
with trees. The water actually oozes
through the tree trunks into the falls. The trees in the primitive
forest are thick with leaves that block the sunlight. As the height and
temperature there vary, there is a distinctive distribution of plants,
with the broadleaf forest, at the foot of the mountain, and a
coniferous forest at the top. In autumn, the mountaintops are covered
with white snow while the hill slopes and the valley are a blaze of

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In 1992, UNESCO entered this scenic area onto the world natural heritage list.