Jiuzhaigou is a county located in Sichuan Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. There are nine Tibetan villages in the county so got the name as Jiuzhaigou, which means nine villages valley in Chinese. Jiuzhaigou is famous for the Jiuzhaigou Valley there, Jiuzhaigou tour is a must do while travelling China during October - November.
Jiuzhaigou takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages along its length. This region was inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang peoples for centuries. Until 1975 this inaccessible area was little known. Extensive logging took place until 1979, when the Chinese government banned such activity and made the area a national park in 1982. An Administration Bureau was established and the site officially opened to tourism in 1984; layout of facilities and regulations were completed in 1987.
Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve and national park located in northern Sichuan Province of southwestern China. Jiuzhaigou Valley is part of the Min Shan mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 m to 4,500 m.
Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V in the IUCN system of protected area categorization. The Jiuzhaigou nature reserve was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. The tourism area is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.
Since opening, tourist activity has increased every year: from 5,000 in 1984 to 170,000 in 1991, 160,000 in 1995, to 200,000 in 1997, including about 3,000 foreigners. Visitors numbered 1,190,000 in 2002. As of 2004, the site averages 7,000 visits per day, with a quota of 12,000 being reportedly enforced during high season. The Town of Zhangzha at the exit of the valley and the nearby Songpan County feature an ever-increasing number of hotels, including several luxury five-stars, such as Sheraton.