Saturday, December 15, 2007

Si Chuan (四川) Holiday - Scenery (Part 3 of 7)

Essentially, Jiu Zhai Gou (九寨沟) is the highlight for this trip to Si Chuan.

Previously, nine tribes resided in Jiu Zhai Gou, thus giving it's name. However, with it's beauty proclaimed far and wide, the Chinese government decided to classify it as a National Park and took over the governing of the land. Eventually, three tribes remained and the tribes people were given jobs to either take care of the National Park or to provide services (either as bus drivers or tour guides) to the growing number of tourists flocking to the region throughout the four seasons.

A Preserved Tribal Building

The lakes are crystal clear allowing the tourists to have an excellent view of the fishes swimming in the water, fallen tree trunks as well as the pebbles lying at the bottom of the lake. The rich minerals in the lake are also responsible for the bright blue water in one lake and the light green water in another.

Colourful Pool (五彩池)

Five-Coloured Lake (五花池)

Five-Flower Lake (五花海)

Tiger Lake (老虎海)

Despite the much-hyped and talked-about beauty of it's numerous lakes, what fascinated me the most was one particular waterfall. We started by walking across the top of the waterfall and it began with water flowing on level ground before rushing down a slight slope. As we made our gradual descend down the depth of the waterfall, water began cascading down the protruding huge rocks, With the walkway built so close to the waterfall, the experience is simply marvellous! The long width of the waterfall only made it grander.

Pearl Shoals (珍珠滩) - Start of the Waterfall

The Magnificent Waterfall

I was also fascinated by the beauty of the simple life in the countryside:

Die Xi Hai Zi (叠溪海子) was formed after a great earthquake in 1933

Monument of Long March (红军长征纪念碑)

Shops outside Songpan Ancient Town (松蕃古城)

This truly presented a big contrast to the modern "scenic" view of the busting city of Cheng Du:

Chunxi Commercial Street (春熙路) - alike to Orchard Road in Singapore

Busy market street

Wen Shu Fang (文殊坊)

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