Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot
Jiǔzhàigōu (九寨沟) Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Sichuan province is a UNESCO world heritage site and world geopark as well as a Chinese protected National Park. The area was largely unnoticed until the early 1970's. The valley, known as the nine villages valley, was sparsely populated with a mix of Tibetan and Qiang people. During the 70's, timber logging was conducted in the Valley. This was banned by the Chinese government in 1979 and in 1982 the site was made a National Park protected area. Seven of the nine original villages remain within the park and the local population of about 1000 people, make a living form the tourist trade that has developed. The area is renowned for it's outstanding natural beauty. Large multilevel waterfalls flow into lakes of various colours. The surrounding hills are a karst landscape of steep cliffs.