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Gianluca Paolazzi

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Jiuzhaigou album

Moving in one of the biggest region in China in both term: surface covered and population, Sichuan, famous also for the spicy food such as hot pot and many others. The region is the natural habitat for the most Chinese iconic animal, the giant panda, there is the biggest natural reserve (Wolong natural reserve) where to admire this unique animal. Jiuzhaigou Valley (九寨沟) literally "Valley of Nine Villages", it is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan, China. It is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colourful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft.). The valley runs in the general north-south direction through northern Sichuan (the eastern part of the Ngawa Tibetan, Qiang Autonomous Prefecture and adjacent areas of Mianyang Prefecture) and southernmost borderlands of Gansu. It is a wonderland of nature environment combined by blue lakes, waterfalls, verdant forests and snow covered mountains.

Most important it is kept at its natural beauty and free of human contamination, it is a close environment where tourist are allowed to move inside only by local transportation. Walking down from the top lake, it is a continuous surprise of breath taking scenery: water flowing at high speed in small creek and calm lake with a deep blue water.

Transportation to reach the valley are not very convenient and it requires more than half day to go there from Chengdu, first with a flight to Jiuhuang Airport and after a couple of hours by bus or car to the foot of the valley. It is anyway highly recommended and worth to spend a couple of day there.