Jiuzhai Valley to reopen in March
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jiuzhai Valley is expected to reopen on March 8 after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the popular tourist destination in August 2017.
The park will reopen conditionally, according to a statement released by the Tourism Development Commission of the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba.
The sections to reopen include the Nuorilang Waterfall, one of the park's most well-known sites, and some lakes.
The park will receive no more than 2,000 visitors a day, and only tourists traveling with groups will be allowed in.
Admission fees will be halved to 110 yuan (US$17.4) during the peak season and 40 yuan in the off season. Tickets must be booked in advance.
The Sichuan government issued a restoration plan in November and decided to invest 11.8 billion yuan for the work. The restoration will be completed in three years.
Jiuzhai Valley, located in the mountains on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is known for its ethnic minority communities, superb mountains, and stunning scenery.
It has received more than 32 million tourists from home and abroad over the past 10 years. The valley was closed on Aug. 8 last year due to the earthquake.