The Pearl Shoal Waterfall is the most spectacular waterfall in China and one of the definitive sites of the Jiuzhaigou Forest (see separate entry). Located in the Jiuzhaigou Valley, it is part of the national park, and by extenstion a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve.
Early peoples migrated to and lived in the Jiuzhaigou Valley long before recorded history. It remained little known or explored in greater China until after World War II. It briefly served as an important source of lumber, but in 1982 much of the forest was protected in a national park.
The Pearl Shoal Waterfall is a wide (533 feet) series of falls that pour over a rocky outcropping in stages, with a total drop of 130 feet. It is fed by a tributary of the White Dragon River. While not particularly tall, its width and the beautiful forest setting more than make up for this. The falls are geologically noteworthy for being concave outward rather than inward considering its width.
The Jiuzhaigou Forest is a very popular tourist destination, receiving over a million visitors a year. There are seven surviving villages in the park that support the tourism industry, and these are packed during the warmer months of the year. Web: N/A.