So far, China has boasted 243 national
natural reserves, with a total area of 8.9441 million hectares,
accounting for 9.2 percent of China's land territory. Generally
speaking, the state natural reserves protect a lot of rare spices
of plants and animals at the same time they are always beautiful
that attract many people to visit. For example, Jiuzhaigou Natural
Reserves and Wlingyuan Scenic Area are world famous tourist attractions.
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou is located in Jiuzhaigou County of the
Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in the north of Sichuan
Province and is known far and wide as "a fairyland." It
covers an area of 60,000 hectares. The name Jiuzhaigou came from
nine Tibetan villages scattered in the valley. Ancient Chinese legend
has it that the goddess accidentally broke her mirror here and the
pieces which fell down the mountain formed beautiful lakes, streams
and waterfalls. The scenery here is extremely beautiful. Emerald
lakes, layered waterfalls, colorful forests, snow peaks and pristine
Tibetan customs and pastoral life are all in perfect harmony. Due
to its special landforms and location it is the place where northern
and southern flora and fauna meet. So it is the home of many plants
such as conifers and broadleaf trees. It also inhabits rare species
of and animals such as the giant panda, golden monkey, and white-lip
deer. Jiuzhaigou was awarded the status of UNESCO Man and Biosphere
Reserve in 1997 and was also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in 1992.
The scenery in Jiuzhaigou changes with the season. When the spring
comes the ice and snow begin to thaw and spring water begins to
rise. The Jiuzhaigou Valley wakes up. The air is filled with the
fragrance of wild flowers. In summer the Jiuzhaigou Valley is covered
with verdant spruces, it seems that the color is dripping from the
There are many beautiful lakes, which are pure and unblemished.
The lush forest is alive, and the limpid water reflects the violet
clouds floating above that make Jiuzhaigou more attractive. Autumn
is the most magnificent season in the Valley. The breeze is intoxicating,
while the leaves turn yellow or crimson. The colorful leaves and
woods are reflected in the sparkling limpid lakes, the fallen petals
float in the water. The remote sky is clear and bright. It can make
you feel that you are in paradise. In winter, the Valley becomes
especially quiet. Mountains peaks are covered by snow. Some waterfalls
become natural ice sculptures. The distant forest is like a dark
green curtain. The sky appears more distant in the clear weather.
Whenever you visit Jiuzhaigou you can always feel its charm. This
fairy land can make you forget tiredness and trouble of your life.
Wulingyuan Scenic Area
Wulingyuan Scenic Area, lying to the north of Zhangjiajie City,
is a charming tourist attraction. It is one of the 40 famous scenic
spots in China. Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed as a world natural
heritage in 1992.
The spot boasts of natural beauty where mountains, valleys, forests,
caves, lakes and waterfalls exist in total harmony. Over 560 scenic
sights can be found here. The strangely-shaped peaks, the grotesque
rocks, the hidden valleys, the wonderful waters and the limestone
caves form the 'Five Wonders' of Wulingyuan.
Covering an area of 690 square kilometers, Wulingyuan consists of
four parts- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Natural Reserve,
Tianzi Mountain Natural Reserve and the newly added Yangjiajie Scenic
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first
state-level forest park in China. Over ninety percent of the park
is covered with varieties of trees. Particularly, it is rich in
forest resources, featuring both virgin and artificial secondary
forests. It is the home for some 3,000 species of high-grade plants
of which 35 are rare species under state protection such as cloul
leopard, tragopan and giant salamander. There are also 116 types
of animals living in Zhangjiajie.
Pictures of Wulingyuna Scenic Area
The park is a real treasure house. The Lobster Flower, a sort of
flower that can change color five times in a day, is unique in the
park. The views in this area include the Golden Whip Stream, Huangshi
Fort and Yuanjiajie.
The Suoxiyu Natural Reserve is
the center of the scenic zone and is the largest among the four
areas of the park. About 200 scenic spots can be found here.
The Tianzi Mountain Natural Reserve is rich in strange peaks and
rocks. It is also famous for the constant clouds and fog.
The life and customs of minority groups such as Tujia, Miao and
Bai are also of interest. Their houses, farms, their singing and
dancing undoubtedly make it more mysterious and attractive.