The Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve and national park is a stunning valley located in the north of the Sichuan province in China.
Jiuzhaigou means the “Valley of the nine villages,” although only seven of them are still populated today. Due to the protected nature of the site, locals rely heavily on tourism as their main source of income. This mystical scenic area is covered by virgin mixed forests, waterfalls, a large number of lake groups and a variety of plants and fauna. UNESCO recognized the Valley as a World Heritage Site in 1992, but some locals consider those scenic spots as holy.
Today, the number of visitors is increasing rapidly as the location not only provides the view of captivating landscapes, but also an opportunity to get a closer look at how the locals live. Definitely a lifestyle and a virgin landscape that big cities have been missing.