Friday, October 28, 2005

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area

During October 21-28 my friends and I went to Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area, China. Located in the north of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou is a national park of China and has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1992. Our group consists of 19 people. We flew to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, and rode a tour bus to Jiuzhaigou, which took about 10 hours. Along the way we visited many interesting places, such as temples, dam, panda reserve center, etc.

Group photo at Sword Cliff.

P' Rochana and Khun Sivaporn are posing in front of Wuhou Ci (Three Kingdoms) Temple.

Liu Bei, the Emperor of Shu

Red-faced Guanyu, one of sworn brothers of Liu Bei.

Black-faced Zhangfei (Tiew Hui)

Zhuge Liang (Khong Beng), Advisor of Liu Bei.

A lot of carp fish at the temple.

Giant panda at the Wolong Panda Reserve Center.

Giant pandas happily lie eating bamboo trees.

Beautiful walkway

Red Panda, one of Panda species.

Chao Mae Guan-Im at Pao-Urn Temple

Baoguang Temple

Jiuzhaigoa Valley is over 3,000 metres in elevation height.

"Mirror Lake"- The lake looks exactly like a mirror, still and smooth, reflecting its surroundings; blue sky, white clouds, distant mountains and trees nearby.

The water is crystal clear at Mirror Lake.

"Long Lake" - a stunningly beautiful lake.

Posing at the Long Lake.

Most of the mountains are covered with snow.

Multi-Color Lake (Benjarong Lake) where water is bright blue and green.

At Multi-Color Lake

"Five Flower Lake"

Very beautiful water, mountains, and trees.

Some of our group are so impressed with the beautiful surroundings that they decide to become Tibetans and live here.

Fishes at Five Flower Lake.

Pearl Shoal

Pearl Shoal - the most beautiful waterfall in Jiuzhaigou.

Plenty of colourful autumn leaves.

Tea time at the village.

A toilet bus inside Jiuzhaigoa Scenic Area.

A toilet bowl is covered with clean plastic wrap, which is automatically sliding down after each use.

Posing at a Tibetan Village inside the park.

The footpath is covered with sleet.

Princess Lake

Shuzheng Waterfall - where you can hear an astonishing thundering noise, similar to the roar of a tiger.

Shuzheng Waterfall

Ladies Group photo at Shuzheng Waterfall

Khun Sivaporn in front of Shuzheng Waterfall.

Bonsai Lake

Oy Pornsri is pleased that her scarf matches well with the tree leaves.

Sparkling Lake

Rhinoceros Lake

Posing at the Arrow Bamboo Lake, where the Chinese film "Hero" was shot.

Panda Lake - where giant pandas used to eat bamboos and drink water here.

Nuorilang Waterfall - the largest waterfall in Jiuzhaigou.

Nuorilang Waterfall

Bright yellow autumn leaves

We can see beautiful trees along the way.

"Sue Moa Angel" - a mountain which looks like a lady's face.