ore than two years following a devastating earthquake, one of China’s most famed areas of natural beauty is reopening to tourists.
Located in a remote region of northern Sichuan province, Jiuzhaigou National Park once welcomed millions of visitors a year who came to see its pristine lakes and forested hills. But that all changed on August 8, 2017 when the UNESCO World Heritage Site was ravaged by 7.0-magnitude earthquake.
Since then, the park has remained closed to tourists apart from a brief period last year. However, local officials now say that following two years of renovation work, 85 percent of the scenic areas are ready to reopen.
With China’s Golden Week travel extravaganza coming up soon, Jiuzhaigou has chosen September 27 as the date that it will officially reopen to groups of tourists. Tickets to the park will cost 169 yuan ($24), with an additional bus fare of 90 yuan ($12).
For the time being, only 5,000 tourists will be allowed inside the park each day. You’ll need to contact a tour agency to get a spot.