China – Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

Despite the expensive accommodation, the expensive way to get there by plane, the expensive entrance fee and the mega crowds, we did not want to miss Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. Although it is immense, it receives so many visitors and it is so accessible that it is practically unfeasible finding a quiet moment by yourself, and if you tried walking it all, it would be impossible to do in one day, so you need to use the park shuttle system. This video describes a little what we are talking about:

However, as we boarded one of the buses on the way up, all the negatives were forgotten and replaced by an immense, constant awe. The water is the highlight of this place, and it comes in various shapes and colors. Rivers, waterfalls, marshes, meanders, lakes; transparent, dark blue, turquoise blue, green… The trees completed the palette, in different degrees of yellow, orange, red and green. Even if the Sun did not show much, the colors were still spectacular.

Just getting off the bus, a small wooden platform crosses this lake.

Just getting off the bus, a small wooden platform crosses this lake.

View from the other side of the platform.

View from the other side of the platform.

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Walking from lake to lake, in between there are falls. This is one of them.

Walking from lake to lake, in between there are falls. This is one of them.

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Another big waterfall between lakes.

Another big waterfall between lakes.

This tree was pointing horizontally to the waterfall.

This tree was pointing horizontally to the waterfall.

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The Five Flower Lake has old trees underwater.

The Five Flower Lake has old trees underwater.

Again, a wedding picture :)

Again, a wedding picture 🙂

The Nuorilang Waterfalls, the biggest of the park.

The Nuorilang Waterfalls, the biggest of the park.

The Long Lake, back on top of the park.

The Long Lake, back on top of the park.

The Multi-color Lake, going down from the Long Lake.

The Multi-color Lake, going down from the Long Lake.

Another shot from the Multi-color Lake.

Another shot from the Multi-color Lake.

And another one showing more colors.

And another one showing more colors.

These trees were all around the park, with white fruits. I could not find the name.

These trees were all around the park, with white fruits. I could not find the name.

It seems there is a small group of giant pandas living in the park, but they don’t like human presence, so it is very rare seeing them (We looked beyond the fence just in case a couple of times, though :P). Differently to other parks we’ve been at, there is care of garbage disposal and the staff is picking up all trash left behind — this natural gem cannot be spoiled.

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