The first of three photo posts showing the beauty of Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan Province, China. Jiuzhaigou is divided into three valleys, Shuzheng is the entrance, which branches into Rize and Zechawa.
Close to the meeting point of the two valleys, this is the most popular lake. It’s only 5m deep, and the bottom can clearly be seen, cross-crossed by multiple tree trunks.
Apparently Five-Flower lake looks like a deer’s leg when viewed from above. In local folklore, the King of the Forest injured a holy deer, who fell down and became a lake. The dark green algae spots mimic the pattern of the local spotted deer.
Supposedly where Pandas would enjoy hanging out for a drink, Panda Lake is next to the largest rest point on the Rize Valley trail. The adjacent lakes are called Swan Lake, where swans would enjoy hanging out for a drink, and Grass Lake.
Despite appearances, this lake is only 6m deep. It was a major filming location for the movie Hero, starring Jet Li
Pearl Shoal is a large, sloped area of calcareous tufa(?), over which flows a thin sheet of water. The shoals culminate in the famous Pearl Shoals Waterfalls. The waterfall basin is 310m wide and drops 28m. It seems to be a popular spot for wedding photography and dropping litter.