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Jiuzhaigou partially reopens for first time after devastating quake
By:chinadaily.com.cn
update:March 12,2018

Mar. 12, 2018 -- Jiuzhaigou, a scenic area on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list in Sichuan province, partially reopened on Thursday after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in August.

Wu Fuwei, a 58-year-old woman, was one of 767 visitors entering the scenic area.

"I have visited Jiuzhaigou many times since more than 20 years ago. But it was the first time that I had seen snow," she said.

A heavy snow blanketed Jiuzhaigou on Wednesday, turning the valley into a wonderland.

Located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Sichuan, Jiuzhaigou means "nine-village valley".

It is named after the nine Tibetan villages on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Visitors were drawn by its 108 alpine lakes and by the Tibetan and Qiang culture before the earthquake on Aug 8.

Twenty-five people died in the earthquake, and 493 were injured. Some of Jiuzhaigou's scenic wonders were also damaged. Following the disaster, the scenic area was closed through Wednesday.

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