The Nine Villages Valley, or Jiuzhaigou, is named for the nine Tibetan villages that call it home. Encircled by snow-capped peaks this UNESCO-listed national park of blue-toned lakes, rushing waterfalls and thick forest is not only visually spectacular but also filled with diverse flora and fauna. Whilst the scenery transforms with the seasons it is always breath-taking. Visit in the autumn when leaves in a rainbow of colours are reflected in the crystalline waters, or in the winter when the trees sparkle with frost and waterfalls freeze mid-flow. Located in Sichuan, 350 kilometres north of Chengdu and reachable by road or by a short flight, Jiuzhaigou’s beauty is also easily accessible, with broadwalks leading you through forest and around lakes, and roads and trails to take you throughout the park.
Located high in the mountains close to the Jiuzhaigou Reserve, the Jiuzhai Paradise is designed to resemble an ancient city under a huge glass atrium. The ideal resort for those seeking comfort and intimacy after a day admiring the breathtaking scenery, rooms are sympathetic to the local Tibetan style complete with modern conveniences.
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The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is a vibrant and rambunctious fusion of ethnicities, cultures and customs; an incomparably rich and turbulent history showcased by mindboggling feats of architecture and engineering; a geography that encompasses towering peaks, unfathomable gorges and paradisiacal beaches; and a biodiversity that is so abundant that you’ll be reaching for your wildlife guide.