Day 32: August 23rd
We had been advised to get to the park really early(it opens at 7am).. Of course, a lot of other people had the same idea and when we were walking out the door at 6:45 am we could see a lot of other tourists heading there as well.
I had done a fair bit of reading and found out that the best lakes were in the upper sections of the park. The park also had an excellent hop on-hop off bus service that we used to get to the top and then walk back towards the middle of the park.
Jiuzhaigou is famous for its dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes. Originating in glacial activity, they were dammed by rockfalls and other natural phenomena, then solidified over time. The water has a high concentration of calcium carbonate, making it so clear that the bottom is often visible even at high depths. It was crazy to see tree branches, rocks and fish well below the surface of the water, just resting on the floor of the lake. We were certainly not disappointed! Words cannot describe how beautiful the entire valley is. We were all just blown away!
Inspite of the crowds of almost 8000 people that visit the park everyday…which I have to say was a huge pain…we were still amazed at all this beauty around us.
It was a wonderful day with lots of walking and lots of picture taking! We ended the day with some super spicy Sichuan hotpot for dinner!
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.