Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
China

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Stretching over 72,000 ha in the northern part of Sichuan Province, the jagged Jiuzhaigou valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 m, thus comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Its superb landscapes are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls. Some 140 bird species also inhabit the valley, as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda and the Sichuan takin. 
  • China 1998. Souvenir sheet from Jiuzhaigou Valley. 

China 1998. Souvenir sheet from Jiuzhaigou Valley.  

China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. Stamp #1 of four.

The Nine-village Valley, another name for Jiuzhaigou Valley, so named because there used to be nine Tibetan villages in the valley, is located in Nanping County in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Nationality Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, which is more than 400 kilometers from Chengde City. 
  • China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. 
Because the nine-village Valley lies in the transition area from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the Sichuan Basin, it has developed unique terrain features and has become a world-famous scenic area of the mountain-water category. Entering the Nine-village Valley, one can take into the eye such phenomena as colourful forest, green lakes, waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. 

The Nine-village Valley is beautiful because it is natural, primeval and full of unexpected changes. 

  • China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. 

China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. Stamp #2 of four.

China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. Stamp #3 of four.

The Nine-village Valley is especially famous for its water, which is crystal and colourful-dark blue, emerald green and indigo blue. When sunshine falls on the water surface, it seems that the former has lighted the ripples of the blue water, shining and dazzling. 

The water of the Nine-village Valley takes various shapes: flowing silently in the bushes, meandering along the brooks, gushing over boulders and shoals and falling down from atop of rocks. 

  • China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. 

The Nine-village Valley is more than 50 kilometers in length, sceneries as lakes, waterfalls and shoals are differentiating, and the Changhai (Long Sea), the Fangcao Lake and the Nuorilang Waterfalls are the most well-known scenic spots in the Nine-village Valley.To sum it up, The Nine-village Valley can only be described as a natural and pure fairy land with green mountains and crystal water. A primeval and simple, mysterious and yet fantastic paradise on earth.

 

Hong Kong (China) 2003. Jiuzhaigou Valley.

China 1998. Panoramic view of the Nine-Village Valley. Stamp #4 of four.

Central African Republic 1997. 50th anniversary of UNESCO. View of Jiuzhaigou Valley, China.

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