Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area To Reopen After 2017 Earthquake
Jiuzhaigou National Park Scenic Area, in Sichuan Province, reopened for tourists and other visitors on Friday September 27, after being closed for more than two years. In August 2017, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the region where the famous scenic area lies, in the west of Sichuan Province, causing major damage to many of the beautiful attractions of this stunning Tibetan area.

Jiuzhaigou is known for its otherworldly beauty and iridescent lakes that shimmer against a backdrop of deciduous forests and snow-capped mountains
Some parts of the park were reopened around seven months after the earthquake, though they were very limited and only allowed a specific number of tourists into the mostly unaffected areas each day. Prior to the destructive earthquake, more than 20,000 tourists entered the scenic area every day in the peak season for the park’s tourism.

Buses evacuate tourists during the earthquake in Jiuzhaigou in 2017
The earthquake, which had its epicenter in Zhangzha Township, in Jiuzhaigou County of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, was felt across the entire region, and as far away as Lanzhou, Chengdu, and Xi’an, hundreds of kilometers away. This devastating calamity caused the deaths of 25 locals that lived in the area, and injured another 493 people, 45 of whom were critical for some time after evacuation to hospitals nearby.

Debris in the river within the scenic area after the devastating earthquake
The reopening of the remainder of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Tibetan area formerly known as Kham is being welcomed by the international tourist communities, who are major visitors to this area of outstanding natural beauty. Jiuzhaigou, which literally means “nine-settlement valley”, was named for the nine Tibetan villages that lie within the popular scenic area, in a deep mountain valley that lies on the very edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

The huge Nuorilang Waterfall before the earthquake
Jiuzhaigou is famous for its 108 natural alpine lakes, the stunning beauty of the natural scenery and landscapes, and the spectacular Nuorilang Waterfall, which collapsed just two days after the earthquake hit. Standing 24.5 meters tall, Nuorilang Waterfall was China’s widest falls, measuring 270 meters across and was one of the most popular sights in the valley. Over the last two years, this amazing waterfall has been rebuilt to the exact features of the original.

The damage caused by the earthquake has taken over two years to repair
While the opening actually only encompasses 85% of the whole scenic area, as some of the more remote areas are still undergoing reconstruction, the news that the park was finally opening up again was a huge hit with netizens from around the world.

Sparkling Lake, one of the most popular locations for taking selfies and holiday snaps, is significantly smaller after the earthquake
The park can only be reached by shuttle bus, and with no ticket booth at the entrance to the park, tickets can only be obtained online or through Travel Agencies. Currently, until the rest of the park is completely rebuilt and deemed safe, only 5,000 tickets per day will be sold, on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices listed by the area’s administrative bureau will cost 169 yuan (US$24) during the peak months from April 1 to November 15, and 80 yuan (US$11-12) during the low season from November 16 to March 31. This is one of the best Tibet Tours for the tourists to eplore its beautiful natural sites and water fall.
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