My recent trip to Jiuzhaigou, China

Is there such a thing as paradise on earth? If there is, Jiuzhaigou has to be it.

Jiuzhaigou Valley (simplified Chinese: 九寨沟; traditional Chinese: 九寨溝; pinyin: Jiǔzhàigōu; literally "Valley of Nine Villages"; Tibetan: Zitsa Degu (gzi rtsa sde dgu)) is a nature reserve and national park in the north of Sichuan, a province in south-western China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization - sourced from Wikipedia.

When my dad sounded out that he wanted to see Jiuzhaigou our siblings took the opportunity to visit this place. We knew that the elevation of Jiuzhaigou ranges from 1998 to 2140 m but little did we realise that the air is still quite rarified especially to a 82 year old. We were glad that my dad still did quite well.

Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. Here is a shot of Five Flower Lake located at the center of Jiuzhaigou. This lake apparently is the only lake that never freezes in winter. It is believed that this is because of the high mineral content of the water and/or the presence of springs at the bottom of the lake which provide for a constant temperature even during winter. The latter was never proven.

Autumn has to be the best time to visit this paradise.

More shots to share when I have them processed.

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