• Take warm clothes for cooler tem­per­a­tures in the morn­ing and evening. • Ma­jor res­i­dents in the re­gion are the Ti­betan and Qiang peo­ple. As out­siders, tourists should re­spect Ti­betan cus­toms and taboos. • Var­i­ous types of hand­crafts are the most fea­tured

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Stretch­ing over 72,000 hectares in the north­ern part of Sichuan Prov­ince, the jagged Ji­uzhaigou Val­ley reaches a height of more than 4,800 me­ters. It pre­serves a se­ries of im­por­tant for­est ecosys­tems in­clud­ing old-growth forests which pro­vide an im­por­tant habi­tat for numer­ous plants and an­i­mals. Some 140 bird species in­habit the val­ley, as well as a num­ber of en­dan­gered plant and an­i­mal species, in­clud­ing the gi­ant panda and the Sichuan takin.

Ji­uzhaigou con­tains all the el­e­ments nec­es­sary to demon­strate and pro­tect its nat­u­ral beauty, and is sur­rounded by buf­fer zones. Al­though the site was par­tially de­graded by pre­vi­ous forestry ac­tiv­i­ties, it is re­cov­er­ing through tree plant­ing and strict man­age­ment which in­cludes pro­tect­ing wa­ter qual­ity, air qual­ity and forests.

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