October 2011
Road from Chengdu to Jiuzhai Valley

The new "tunneltastic" road from chengdu (as described by the Lonely Planet China 2011) has not yet been completed and as of November 2011 the journey takes about 8 hours by bus in normal weather and traffic conditions. As work continues on the road and new tunnels and bridges continue to open it is claimed that times will be reduced by a number of hours.
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August 2011
Jiuzhai Valley Blogs in the New York Times:

The below blogs give an insight into some of the ongoing research by the Jiuzhai Valley science department. The blogs were written by Amanda Schmidt, an assistant professor of geology at Oberlin College, who was based in Jiuzhai Valley National Park's Sceince Department for 10 months during 2010.
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August 2010
Weather update:

Jiuzhai Valley National Park has experienced no affects of the bad weather that has devestated other parts of China during the summer. There have been no mudslides or landslides in the national park or the area outside of the park where visitors will stay. Click here for more information.
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5 June 2010
World Environment Day:

On the 5th of June we celebrated World Environment Day 2010. The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity and the theme of this year’s World Environment Day was “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet. A world without biodiversity is a very bleak prospect and this is something that we in Jiuzhai Valley National Park are very aware of.
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June 2010
Summer 2010 in Jiuzhai Valley:

Jiuzhai Valley National Park is open from 7am every morning. We advise you to enter the park as early as possible to get the most from your experience. It’s a great time of year to take part in one of our eco-toruism hikes. For more details click here.
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May 2010
Jiuzhai Valley featured on Tides of Time:

For the third consecutive year, UNESCO have partnered with the International Herlad Tribune and Jaeger-LeCoultre to raise awareness and funds for the preservation of endangered ecosystems. View the features on Jiuzhai Valley on UNESCO's website and on Jaeger LeCoultre's.
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17 May 2010
Zharu Eco-tourism on Reuters:

Hiking into the heart of Tibetan “Paradise”. Jack Li, our eco-tourism manager accompanied this journalist and her family into Zharu Valley in April. Read her account here.
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5 June 2009
World Environment Day:

Jiuzhai Valley National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be supporting UNEP World Environment Day on June 5th. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day – “Your planet needs you” – is meant to inspire all of us to do our part.
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1 June 2009
Children’s Day:

June the 1st is International Children’s day and on that day all children under the age of 14 will enjoy free admission to Jiuzhai Valley National Park.
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12 May 2009
The busiest day in the history of Jiuzhai Valley National Park.:

A big thank you to all the friends and guests who came to Jiuzhai Valley on the 12th of May 2009. It was the busiest day in the history of Jiuzhai Valley and provided a much needed boost to the local economy.
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12 May 2009
Earthquake anniversary ceremony:

To cememorate the devestating Sichuan earthquake and those who lost their lives, Jiuzhai Valley will offer free entry to everybody on May 12th 2009.
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Spring 2009 Update
Spring time has arrived in Jiuzhai Valley and so the park’s opening hour’s will be 7am – 6:30pm from May 1st.
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1 April 2009
2nd day ticket from April 1st 2009:

From April 1st until June 30th 2009 your entry ticket is valid for two days (bus ticket is valid for one day).
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Eco-Tourism 2009
Eco-tourism, including hiking and camping is close to being opened in the park for the first time this year.
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1 March 2009
Jiuzhai Valley in the March ‘09 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.
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Science and Nature


Jiuzhai Valley belongs to the Songpan-Ganzi geocynclinal area, right on the front segment of China's secondary topography. On the strongest fault line of landform transformation, Jinzhai Valley descends from its high south to the low north, with a variety of kind features including mountains, valleys, lakes, waterfalls, streams and intermontane belts - a typical landform of alpine valleys. Mountain ridges average in altitude between 3,500m to 4,500m (11,482 – 14,763 feet), the highest is the Ge Er Na Peak at 4,764m (15,630 feet) and the lowest Yang Tong at 2,000m (6,562 feet). The entire national park features crisscrossing valleys and overlapping mountains of crust transformation and evolution.

Jiuzhai Valley is shaped on overlapping waterfalls of Cui Hai (the Emerald Lake), and evolves to its current appearance on the ground of crust transformation, glacial movement, karst landform and travertine accretion.

Crust transformation

As far back as the Paleozoic of some 400 million years ago, Jiuzhai Valley was under seawater. Due to the Himalayas orogenesis from the Quaternary Pleistocene period, the crust experienced drastic transformation, and mountains rose irregularly. Under the force of glaciers and water erosion, high peaks and loop valleys came into being. Furthermore, earthquakes contributed to cliff collapses, sliding, mudflow accumulation, lime corrosion, and travertine accumulation resulted in deep-valley lakes and pouring waterfalls. It is believed that the current landform and landscape scenery of Jiuzhai Valley took shape some 2 to 3 million years ago.

Glacial Movement

From the Quaternary to the late Pleistocene period, the altitude of many Jiuzhai Valley mountains was over 4,000 meters (13,123 feet), close to the snowline. As the glacial climate approached, glacial action took place in alpine areas, and glaciers extending down to 2,800m (9,186 feet) valleys, leaving behind terminal and side moraines and dike barriers which blocked the water and helped to shape lakes. The Long Lake (Chang Hai) is a barrier lake formed in the Quaternary glacial period. Even today in Jiuzhai Valley, visitors may find traces of the Quaternary glacial ruins, particularly glacial cirques and ice gorges, as well as hanging and trough valleys.

Karst Landform

The karst landform is a precondition for existence of hanging cliffs and waterfalls. On a lifted fault platform, the accumulated mudflow deposits were under die karst action and turned into travertine accretion, which con- tribute to the height of its waterfalls, typically the grand sight of the Nuorilang Waterfall, On it's 30m (98 feet) wall, water pours down in an overwhelming manner. The well-developed glacial and karst landforms lay a foundation for the natural scenery of Jiuzhai Valley.

Travertine accreation

Travertine refers to sediments mainly made of calcium carbonate substance. The unique features of Jiuzhai Valley travertine sites are the product of water and bio-karst interaction, while the depositing of travertine sediments become dike barriers on the lakebeds. As years proceed, travertine layers piled up to form different-sized travertine lake banks. The water spots blocked out become stair case shaped lake clusters. Water overflows one stair after another, and forms both high waterfalls and low overfalls. Furthermore, aquatic plants, mosses and algae help to create colourful lake sights, the very core of Jiuzhai Valley's unique natural beauty.