The spectacular alpine valley of Jiuzhaigou, 450 km south of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, has more than 110 crystalline lakes, as clear and bright as gemstones. UNESCO World Heritage-listed, the dense forests are home to the Giant Panda, the Golden Monkey, the Lesser Panda, the White-lipped Deer and other rare animals. There are also many Tibetan settlements in the area whose people retain their traditional customs and lifestyle.
The freshness of the mountain air is matched by the invigorating beauty of a pine forest mirrored in the clear 110 crystalline waters. This magical World Heritage-listed natural haven of waterfalls and snow-capped peaks is shared by pandas, a bonus for animal loving sightseers. Prepare for some spicy surprises as you tuck into the local Sichuan-style fare at dinner. In the evening be prepared to be entertained by song and dance by members of the Tibetan and the Qiang people.