Pearl Shoal Waterfall

Pearl Shoal Waterfall is located in the Jiuzhaigou county, Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province. The waterfalls form a famous landscape in Jiuzhaigou and are the most beautiful scenery among the water landscape. The altitude of the Pearl Shoal Waterfall is 2,443 meters. The water falls from the top of the rock platform, cutting by the new-moon like rock to several branches.

Pearl Shoal Waterfall


From the Nuorilang Waterfall, going through the Mirror Lake and over a distance, visitors can find the big Pearl Shoal Waterfall among the waterfall group. There are many pine trees and China firs growing around the waterfall because of the suitable temperature and the wet environment. It is not a waterfall straight down the cliff, but through a shoal face of about 20 degrees at first.

When the thin water-course flows over the shoal face, it will be reflect bright sunshine like the pearls do. So it gets the name Pearl Shoal Waterfall. The water flows slowly on the Pearl Shoal and the shoal face, so visitors can walk on the shoal. The water is still cold in the midsummer because it is melt from the snow mountain.


A long time ago, there was a beautiful Tibetan girl called Wo Nuo Se Mo living in the Minshan Mountain. Depending on the pair of gold bells, she drew down the sacred water to irrigate the wonderful land. Then verdant forest, beautiful flowers and rare birds and beasts grew and developed to make the wonderful land full of vitality.

One day morning, the girl came to the side of the spring and made up, singing folk song. She met a Tibetan boy feeding his horse with water. The boy had adored the girl before and the girl liked the brave and clever boy secretly. Encountering by the side of the spring made the youths pleased. When the youths were expressing the affection between each other, a devil floated down from the sky and separated the youths by force.

The devil grabbed gold bells in the girl’s hand and compelled the girl to marry with him. The girl didn’t agree and the brave boy tried his best to fight with the devil, but he was no match for it. The girl hid in a cave and the boy asked the villagers to fight against the devil together. After 9 days, the devil was defeated in the end and the girl was rescued.

The boy and the girl came back home, singing love songs and shake the bell. In the meantime, the cloud in the sky became colorful and the spring from the underground rolled over and over. On the wedding ceremony of the boy and the girl, the gods of the mountain brought them varieties of green trees, flowers, rare birds and beasts. The pearl shoal became a beautiful and fascinating paradise.

Nearby Attractions

Jiuzhaigou is famous for the charming water landscape. The Shuzheng Valley, Zechawa Valley, Zharu Valley are highly recommended to the foreign visitors.


Within the County, Jiuzhaigou County 623400, China

How to Get There?
The Pearl Shoal Waterfall is located in the Jiuzhaigou scenic spot.

Ticket Price:
10 yuan

Opening Hours:
8: 00 to 18: 00

More Tips:

Summer is the best time to visit the waterfall. In summer time, it is the best place to escape the hot summer because the water is flowing from the snow mountain. It can bring visitors comfortable cool feeling.

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