Chengdu is linked to some of Sichuan Provinces’ most scenic spots. Towards the west of Chengdu, marvel at the breathtaking, natural sites of Jiuzhaigou National Park and Huanglong National Park, beloved for their pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls, languid ponds, snowcapped mountains and beautiful gorges.
Arguably the more famous of the two aforementioned parks, Jiuzhaigou Valley sits on the tallest tableland in the world, sandwiched between the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Awarded both the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve, as well as the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reserve’s stunning beauty has also won it a string of other accolades, including that of a National Geological Park, an AAA Class Scenic Spot in China and a Green Globe 21.
Huanglong National Park is equally astounding in its splendour. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is best known for its vivid pools formed by calcite deposits. Huanglong is also home to the giant panda and the golden snub-nosed monkey, both recognised as endangered species.