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The Beauty of Jiuzhaigou

The Beauty of Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou has to be one of the most beautiful places in all of China. It’s clean, the natural beauty unspoiled, and has a serene and calming feel. The name translates as “Valley of Nine Villages,” though I’m not sure there are still nine villages in the valley.

I traveled to this place while living in Beijing, knowing I wanted to photograph it. The trip was wonderful, though it was not possible to photograph at sunrise or sunset in the valley. Each morning, I’d take the bus to the top of the mountains and then begin walking down along rivers, streams, ponds, and larger lakes. Each walk was incredibly peaceful, as the number of people dwindled away from the bus stops, resulting in a feeling that I was alone in this paradise at the foot of the Tibetan Plateau.

I clearly remember coming across this lake and being mesmerized by the color of the water, the clarity of the water, and the reflections of the vegetation, which was just days away from turning color as autumn descended on the area.