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The valley is "Y" shaped. The two upper arms are glacial valleys that meet and become one.


The altitude of the valley floor ranges from about 2,000 to 3,000 meters (6,600 to 10,000 feet). The mountains reach 4,500 meters (15,000 feet).


Jiuzhaigou derives its name from the fact that there are nine Tibetan villages (stockades) in the valley.

Interesting detour

On your way to or from Jiuzhaigou, make a detour to visit Huanglong (Yellow Dragon), another unspoiled mountain lake scenic area. Huanglong is well known for its horseback trails and its white walled pools (similar to but not as steep as those of Baishui Terrace in Sichuan province).

Nearest major city

By road, Jiuzhaigou is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. You can also fly between those two cities.

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