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The Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area

(Approved by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO)

In Nanping County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area covers an area of 720 square kilometers and combines lakes, waterfalls, shoals, streams, snow covered peaks, and forests with Tibetan customs to present a natural wonder.

It is situated in a 60-kilometer valley that includes 108 lakes. At the crest of the mountain is Changhai lake, which is several hundred meters wide and seven kilometers long. Many trees have fallen into the lake and the calcium carbonate in their dead branches glitters in different colors tinder the sunlight.

This phenomenon has given rise to the name Five-Color Lake. The waters rushing out of Changhai Lake produce scores of waterfalls between the lakes of the valley. A wonderful sight is the Ruorina Waterfall. This scenic area is rich in flora and fauna and has 2,576 kinds of profophyte plants. As it is situated at the juncture of subtropical and temperate zones, the area boasts subtmpical plants, Chinese pine and Hussman pine, which grow in the temperate zone. It is also home to 170 species of vertebrates and 140 kinds of birds. The giant panda, talon and golden monkey are class-one animals under state protection, another four animals in the area are class-two protected animals and nine are class-three protected animals.

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