Brief description: Stretching over 72,000 hectares in the northern part of Sichuan Province,
the jagged Jiuzhaigou Valley reaches a height of more than 4,800 metres,
therefore comprising a series of diverse forest ecosystems. Its superb
landscapes are specially 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.