The picturesque Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its splendid scenery and tranquil ambience. This famed natural attraction is considered to be one of the most beautiful scenic areas in the vast nation of China and indeed the world. This pristine valley is situated in the county of Nanping some distance from the city of Chengdu.
It attracts a steady stream of visitors including both travellers from other parts of China as well as visitors from overseas. However this natural paradise has retained its pristine beauty and unsullied splendour.
This mesmeric natural wonderland contains luxuriant forests, picturesque waterfalls, pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains. The name of the valley is in fact derived from the Tibetan language, as it refers to nine fortified villages inhabited by the Tibetan people which once existed in the vicinity. People of Tibetan origin believe that the local mountain and watercourses are sacred, whilst other residents also greatly esteem these marvels of nature.
Jiuzhaigou Valley is also well-known for its intriguing fauna and flora. This verdant expanse which stretches over an area of more than 74,000 acres contains an extensive array of resident plants and animals. There are almost 3,000 plant varieties within its borders, which in turn form a suitable environment for a multitude of animal and bird species. Some of the exotic animal species to be found here include giant pandas, lesser pandas, golden monkeys, blue sheep and marmots.
Some interesting legends and folk tales are related about this area. The story goes that a local mountain deity once was in love with a female deity Semo. The god presented a magic mirror which was formed of cloud and wind to his beloved. However an evil spirit intervened and caused the goddess to inadvertently break the mirror – into 108 fragments. These pieces fell upon the Earth and, it is said, created 108 shimmering lakes. As the environs of the valley are so beautiful, it is not surprising that these intriguing folk tales are associated with it.
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