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Monday, November 7, 2016

Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China Part 2

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Part 2, CTourus Day 4
September 1, 2016

The rest of our day inside the park would be spent at the Zechawa Gully on the south-eastern branch of the Y-shape of Jiuzhaigou. This is the highest point of the park as we descend downhill.

Long Lake
As we descend from the top of the road, we reached the highest, largest and deepest lake in the park, the crescent-shaped Long Lake. Locals believe that there is a monster in this lake which has no inflow and only gets its water from melted snow and underground sources from the Min Mountains.

Min Mountains

Five-Color Pond
As its name implies, this is a small bodies of water but the rich and intense colors made this the most unusual sight in Jiuzhaigou in my opinion. It was definitely crowded, with tourists trying to capture the beauty of this place as we moved down the walkways. This has to be one of those stops that should not be missed.

That varied colors of blue was just striking!

And so clear that everything underwater was revealed.

Oh, so you could bring your pet inside the park? Cute!

Spotted some beautiful birds here.

Walkways on one side of the pond.

Good grief! So glad that we were not in that mess.

A photo taken from the bus, so pretty!

From the bus again.

Sparkling Lake
This was our last stop for the day in the park. Sparkling Lake was named because of its shiny reflection when the sunlight catches the shimmering waves. From there, we again walked down to the lower valley to see the smaller waterfalls along the path. 

Newly built restrooms at the top of the path.

Our new friends on the tour as we exit the park.

Before getting back to our hotel for dinner, we stopped at the Jiuzhai Theater for a cultural show.

A bonfire was set up for a post-show gathering but we did not stay after.

Performers posing for photos at the lobby.

He is a famous singer, we were told.

And this is his name, I think.

Now back at the Holiday Inn for a buffet dinner. They were presenting the Tibetan Khata (Hata in Chinese) to guests. This well-wishing scarf presentation ceremony is common in cultures where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. 

Back on our floor...

...and our room

for the night.

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