A World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty - Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Valley ( literally "Valley of Nine Villages") is a nature reserve and national park located in northern Sichuan province of southwestern China. Jiuzhaigou Valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 metres. Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.

Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #764 Upper Yangtze

Major Habitat Type: temperate upland rivers

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Minshan or Min Mountains (mountain range including Jiuzhaigou)

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All Photographs Copyright 2013© Michel Roggo