Sparkling Lake has water color of azure blue. The wave that mix together under sunlight as if there were shining and blazing. The best time to view and admire this lake scenery is during sun rises.
Then, it continues with Lying Dragon Lake.
In Chinese: 火花海，huo hua hai
After visiting Bonsai Shoals, we were looking at Reed Lake from far. The lake is so beautiful with mostly blue and green color surrounded by green plants.
It continues with Sparkling Lake.
In Chinese: 芦苇海，lu wei hai
Bonsai Shoals is in Shu Zheng Valley near the park entrance. It is a scenic lake with water stream of the entire lake. It is called Bonsai Shoals because bonsai growing on the river.
From Bonsai Shoals, continue walking on the path will see Reed Lake.
In Chinese: 盆景滩，peng jiang tan
First, we walked to the Tibetan Valley, Zharu Valley. It is near the entrance of the park. Turn left on the national park, we saw the green landscape with trees, mountains and cliffs. There is only one temple, Zharu Temple.
We saw a stone crafted words regard the Treasure Mirror Cliff. Mirror cliff is actually located on the northern side of Zharu Valley. It was believed that a cliff was split into half with a swore by someone. According to legend, there are twelve kismet images engraved on the cliff. Believe it or not, you need to discover a kismet image on your own. They are somewhere deep inside Zharu Valley, lie exceedingly mysterious Balck Lake, Dalian Lake and Red Lake, which are mentioned in local folk tales.
In Chinese: 宝镜岩，puo jing yan
There were no other people during our visit, not even a monk. But on our way out, we saw some monks walking toward the temple.
I found the temple is unique and cultural. It is like a piece of art surrounded by green trees and mountains. It was my first time experiencing the Tibetan culture, like spinning the prayer wheels to bring good luck, and decorated with prayer flags.
This temple was built towards the end of Ming Dynasty. It is a religious monastery full of strong odour in religion culture, which merges dominant Bongboism, a primitive Tibetan religion, with subordinate Tibetan Buddihism. Locals host an annual temple fair and Mazhi Festival in here.
In Chinese: 扎如寺，zha ru si
Based on a local legend, there was a sick old Tibetan men ridding a rhinoceros came to this lake. After he drank the water from this lake, his sickness became better. He decided to stay by the lake as the lake water was good to him. It was believed that he and his rhinoceros went into the water, so that they could forever live here. That is why it was named " Rhinoceros Lake".
It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Jiuzhaigou.
In Chinese: 犀牛海，xi niu hai
Wucai means a swathe of color in Chinese. It is filled directly from the nearby Long Lake, through conduits in the intervening moraine. As a result, water levels in the two lakes remain consistent. During low water, white limestone bed rock can be seen. Colors on the lake can be seen here including blue, green, yellow, white and grey.
Altitude: 2,995 meters
Long: 100 meters
Wide: 60 meters
Maximum Depth: 11.2.meters.
In Chinese: 五彩池，wu cai chi
It is between 2 to 5 rmb to hold a goat while your friends and strangers take your picture. As you can see, this girl did not like holding the goat. :)
Please rate this and others tips when you find them interesting, or useful, or you like the pictures. :)
Nuorilang Waterfall is the widest span of high mountain waterfall in the world. “Nuorilang” in Tibetan, means the Masculine God. It became an icon of Jiuzhaigou.
To get the best picture of the waterfall, you have to climb a flight of steps to the view gallery which is just across the road. You could see the autumn leaves and vegetations at the top of the waterfall.
If you find this beautiful, you must take a walk to the Pearl Waterfall and see how awesome and magnificent it is. In winter, the waterfall will freeze and enormous icy curtain will be formed.
Long Lake is located on the end of Zechawa Valley which stretches 18 kms from Nuorilang to Long Lake. It is of the highest altitude and the widest surface area of all Jiuzhaigou lakes.
Its water are ink blue and the peaks are covered with snow all the year around.
Take the stairs and you will be able to reach the edge of the Long Lake where you could find the stone tablet of Long Lake.
Five Colored Pond is the smallest lake in Jiuzhaigou. It attracted many visitors because of its bright, vibrant and distinct colors. The water appears dark blue, glittering and vibrant under the shining sun.
The legend about the pond was this is where Goddess semo wash and comb her hair and God Dage came everyday to bring her water. After some time a 189 stone steps was formed. Semo's rouge came off from her pretty face and colorized this pond.
Couples in love believe that if they take the 189 steps to the side of the pond and make a vow to Heaven and then walk back up, they will live happily ever after.
Our buffet lunch was at the building just opposite the Nuorilang Bus Terminal.
We were warned to put our expectations very low for our meal at Jiuzhaigou. There are no spoons and you will have to eat with a pair of chopsticks. Gulp your soup down from your bowl.
After lunch, we went on to shop inside for souvenirs. I brought a panda soft toy for 25 Yuan.
Panda Lake has a transparent pool of water that could create a mirror image of the mountains around it.
It is named Panda Lake because a lot of giant pandas in Jiuzhaigou often come over here to look for food and drink.
Take the stairs and it will lead you to the Panda Waterfall.
We visited four waterfall in Jiuzhaigou.
If you walk deeper into Panda Lake, you will find a flight of stairs leading you to the Panda Waterfall. You will find steep stone steps and a waterfall pouring down to the valley below.
You could hear the rushing water as you get to Panda Lake. This overlapping waterfalls form a magnificant sight. In winter, the waterfalls will be frozen and turned into an ice wall.
The Pearl Shoal is at an altitude of 2433m above sea level. You can walk across the shoal by crossing the wooden bridge where you will see water running just below you.
There are various shrubs grown on this shallow shoal. It is named Pearl Shoal because when the sun is shinning, beads are splashing like sparkling crystal pure white pearls on the surface and looks like pearls pouring out onto the shoal.