Jiulong County in Tibetan is caled “Gyezil County”, which contains 1 town and 17 townships., located in the southeastern Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture with a population of 52,000, mainly Tibetan, Han people, and Yi people.
Located in the transitional zone between the Pan-zhi-hua Plain and the Tibetan Plateau, Jiulong is a mountainous area with three land forms of extremely high mountains, mountains, and valleys. The terrain is high in the north, low in the south, with a wide range of altitude difference. The major people of Jiulong is a Tibetan, Han, and Yi people, there are also Hui, Miao, Bai, Yao, Yi, Tujia and other 12 ethnic minority. For a long period of time, all ethnic groups have mingled with each other and developed together, forming up a unique folk culture, both with the unique features of Tibetan areas and the unique primitive simplicity of the district.
Fairy Lake Scenic Area | 仙女湖景区 is located in Wulaxi Township. The entrance is about 80 kilometers away from Jiulong county, with a total area of 204 square kilometers. The main scenic spots within the scenic area are Fairy Lake, Guanyin Cave, Lama Temple, Bodhisattva Pagoda, and Paleozoic plant area. Its unique biological resources, astronomical landscape, cultural landscape, water scenery and other unique features are wonderful for ecological tours.
Wa Hui Mountain Scenic Area | 瓦灰山景区 is a provincial-level nature reserve. The area of ??the reserve is 635 square kilometers and with core area of 200 square kilometers. The scenery here is beautiful and with rich natural resources including Cordyceps, Rhubarb, Astragalus and Gastrodia…and many other valuable Chinese herbal medicines. There are dozens of species such as iron pine, long-leaved fir, and fresh-leaved fir. Over 20 species of scattered tree species, such as Yunnan yew, Chinese fir, Sanjiansong and Lienxiang, are rare species. At the same time, the national key protected animals include dozens of species such as giant panda, sambar, white-lipped deer, macaques, bears, horse-bears, green-tailed hawksbill, big breasted parrot, argali, etc.
Mengdong scenic area | 猛董景区 is nestled in the mountain valleys along the Yalong River, with a total area of 937 square kilometers and an elevation of 2550–5600 meters. The area is well-preserved with abundant rainfall and a pleasant climate. Since long time ago, it was the key-route of the ancient Tea Horse Road in Sichuan Province. There are the magical Gongga Mountain in the scenic area, the perals like high land lakes, magnificent lush forests, and rich wildlife. It is one of the important ecological tourist attractions in Jiulong County.
Xieka Nature Reserve | 斜卡自然保护区 is located about 130 kilometers east of Jiulong County. The average elevation of mountain peaks in the scenic area is more than 4,500 meters above sea level. The population here is sparse, without any pollution damage. There are snow mountains, glaciers, grasslands and alpine lakes in the scenic area.It is rich in biological resources including various Chinese herbal medicines such as Cordyceps, Rhubarb, Radix Astragali, Radix Scutellariae, Gastrodia elata, Snow Lotus, Gentian; It is an ideal place for tourism adventures, mountaineering, and vacations, and is also a place where photography enthusiasts are longing for.
Wushuihai scenic spot | 伍须海风景区 is located in the northern part of Jiulong County with an area of 400 square kilometers. The snow-capped Daxue Mountain in the southwest tranverse from South to north, with the terrain high in the north and low in the south, with an average temperature of 4.9°C, the lowest altitude of 1,440 meters, and the highest altitude of 6,010 meters. There are 40 scenic spots that have been developed. Here are the peaks of the mountains, canyon stone forest, high altitude lakes, virgin forests, grasslands, meadows, wildlife, beautiful legends, and a place of pure air. The main attractions in the scenic spot are Snow Mountain Peak, Buddha Peak, Elder Peak, Twelve Sisters Peak, Turtle and Buddha Master, Zhenhai Stone, Cow Nostril, Hunter Cave, Wushui Modern Glacier, Tiansheng Bridge, Colorful Lake, Wushuihai,
Yalong River Grand Canyon | 雅砻江大峡谷 The Yalong River, also known as the Xiao Jinsha River, is the largest tributary of the Yangtze River and it is 110 kilometers long across the Jiulong County. The Yalong River Grand Canyon is affected by the Indian monsoon. The winter and spring droughts and the summer and autumn rains are concentrated, forming a typical subtropical climate in the river valley. Along the Jiujiang Road, it preserves the original natural scenery. On both sides of the Grand Canyon, the peaks of the snow captured mountains, and the forest is vast. The river has formed up the rare waterfall groups
Hunting Lake | 猎塔湖 is located in Jiulong County with altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level and 35 kilometers away from the county. The scenic spot is composed of wild forests, plateau lakes, alpine meadows and many other wild animals, plants and mountains and rocks. The scenic spots mainly include the Pearl Beach Waterfall. Monther&Son River and Hunting Lake.
Mu Ya People | 木雅人
In Kangding, Daofu, Jiulong, Yajiang and other areas around Gongga Mountain, a small number of people use a Muya language. They were called “Muya people.” According to statistics, there are about 10,000 Muya people, among of which about more than 1,000 Muya people live in the Tang Gu village of Jiulng county.
Is the Muya people a primitive inhabitant or the West Xia imprisoned people after Xixia’s demise? Still no conclusion by far. According to domestic and foreign data including from Barry’s (The Britain) investigation of the Yalong River basin’s “Mi-Yao” (Muya language also known as Mi-Yao language) in 1882, it is initially believed that the Muya people is offspring of the local people and the Western Xia remnants who came after the extinction of Xixia. The original inhabitants here was likely to be the original residents of the Tang Dynasty – Mi-Yao people. Due to the development, the original Muya language was gradually replaced by the Mandarin-Tibet dialect, and the original Mi-Yao people gradually became Tibetans.
Due to the water, soil and blood, Muya people have white skin, high nose, round eyes, smart, handsome, diligent, and enjoy drinking. They use Dege Tibetan when go out, and use the “Muya Language” at home, they are good at Singing and dancing. Normally, Muya male do not work in the field, but to do some housework or go out for temporary work. Muya female is in charge of all work in the field
With the influence of Tibetan culture, the Muya people’s customs and beliefs such as marriage and funeral customs are similar to Tibetans. Muya people have Sky burial, Water burial and Burial, and believe in Tibetan Buddhism. In terms of decoration, it is the same as Tibetans for men. And for women, there are different from Female Tibetans. Tibetan ornaments are generally placed on the head, while the Mu Ya people are placed on the neck or on the waist. Although the Muya people keep long braid, but do not hang down, to instead that twisting on the head and coveing it with a black or blue cloth stacked into a tile-shaped. Sometimes the head is slightly embellished with a small, delicate headwear, but not too much. The decoration on the belt resembles as the bullet and wearing a waist knife. Some also wore Wide skirts and cloaks that made of yak hair with black white collar, in which is woven into auspicious patterns with red wool thread
A form of the Muya people’s house is similar to the house of the Qiang People and Jia-Rong Tibetan. The house is about three stories, the first floor is for the livestock, the 2nd floor is for inhabitants, the third floor is for drying and storage. In the 2nd floor, where people live, there are Chanting room, tea houses, bedroom, open rooms and toilets. They rarely live in the mountains. Usually houses are built on the ground.
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How to get there
Jiulong county is located in the inner area of Garze Tibetan Prefecture, the only way to get there is by overland travel; the closest airport is Kangding airport, which tremendously shorten the distance from the inner land;
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Distance from Jiulong to
- To Xinduqiao : 170 kilometers, about 4.5 hours’ drive
- To Kangding : 230 kilometers, about 5.5 hours’ drive
- To Dawu county : 315 kilometers, about 7.5 hours’ drive
- To Danba : 320 kilometers, about 7.5 hours’ drive
- To Chengdu : 560 kilometers, about 9.5 hours’ drive
- To Litang : 385 kilometers, about 9 hours’ drive