Located in the north of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou County (formerly Nanping County) is part of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Jiuzhaigou lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, 330 km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu. 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.
The climate of Jiuzhaigou is cool temperate with a mean annual temperature of 7.2 ¡ãC, with means of -1 ¡ãC in January and 17 ¡ãC in July. Total annual rainfall is 661 mm, 80% of which occurs between May and October.
Its breath-taking scenic spots:
Jiuzhaigou has a beautiful and miraculous natural scenery. It covers the Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley and Zechawa Valley that take a "Y" shape. There are many miraculous scenic spots included in the three valleys, the most noticeable are more than 100 lakes. At the upper end of the valley lies a lake called Changhai Lake (Long Sea), 7km in length and several hundred meters in width. Its blue waters and the inverted reflection of the mountains, the sky and clouds, attract all the visitors. The waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou are seldom seen elsewhere. They are scattered between the beautiful lakes, of which, Nuorilang waterfall is the most magnificent. Autumn is the best season to visit Jiuzhaigou.