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Magical Jiuzhaigou Reopened to Public after Earthquake

Date: 2018.03.14 Author: Rosie Wu

Jiuzhaigou, a scenic area in Southwest China's Sichuan province, is a natural treasure on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List and a popular destination for people to enjoy nature. After a devastating earthquake in August, this "paradise on earth" has partially reopened on March 8.


Admission fees will be reduced in March to 40 yuan ($6.30) each. After March, admission will rise to 110 yuan per person, according to the administrative bureau of Jiuzhaigou. It is really a great discount. Before the earthquake, the entry fee at Jiuzhaigou was 220 yuan during the peak season (April 1 to Nov 15), and 80 yuan during the offseason (Nov 16 to March 31).


In 2018, only 2,000 visitors will be admitted to Jiuzhaigou daily and only individual travelers will be accepted as it is being rebuilt. But transportation will be available to view the sites. Post-quake reconstruction will be completed by 2020, but some sites will reopen earlier in March, including Changhai Lake.


Located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Sichuan, Jiuzhaigou means "nine-settlement valley". It is named after the nine Tibetan settlements on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Visitors are drawn by its 108 alpine lakes and by the Tibetan and Qiang culture.