Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jiu Zhai Gou - by Nicholas

In my two weeks at China, I was able to experience both the fast-paced aggressive city life and the beautiful countryside. These two completely unique experiences both had their own charm, but I definitely preferred my time in China’s premier national park, Jiu Zhai Gou (i.e. Nine Village Gullies) . As one of the most famous scenic destinations in all of China, there was no way our trip would be complete without our 2 day stop.

Five Color Pond on a Rainy Day
Rhinoceros Lake 
When we first arrived in Cheng Du, Sichuan, China, we were greeted by many family members from both sides of the family tree. From my mom’s side, my aunt and her family, and from my dad’s side, both his sister and brother, along with my cousin Xinyi. From thereon, our trip would consist of long, tiresome bus rides, only alieved by the chance to stretch one’s legs and fall in love with the beauty of Jiu Zhai Gou, a sharp contrast from the few smoggy Beijing days. Of course, Jiu Zhai Gou is most famous for its lakes. An unbelievably bright blend of green and blue, they were the cornerstone of the Jiu Zhai Gou experience. It is said that once you have seen the waters of Jiu Zhai Gou, all other water seems dull and uninteresting. How could it not, having experienced such a wonder? Based on this foundations, the waterfalls of Jiu Zhai Gou stand as a delightful change of scenery. The chaos of the huge, pounding waterfalls provides a fresh change from the serenity of the ponds. I am especially lucky to have seen Jiu Zhai Gou in her two moods, a testament to how fickle she is.
Pearl Shoal Water Fall
 On our first day in the park, we were forced through seas of people, rain dripping down our ponchos, slowly seeping into our shoes. Brief, infrequent staccato bursts of thunder could be heard, and the rain, while light and misty, obscured the high mountains in mist. Waterfalls raged stronger than ever while we tramped up the mountain. The Pearl Shoal Waterfall was the highlight of this day, a massive series of waterfalls stretching several hundred feet. In the security of the trees, we were able to capture the waterfall in its full strength. The second day, however, was the complete opposite. Arriving early at Jiu Zhai Gou, the atmosphere was bright, sunny, and delightful. Climbing down the mountain, the lonelier path we took had much less people than before. Lakes sparkled, illuminated by sunshine, and everything was at peace. Our leisurely stroll led us past marrying couples, a variety of different shades of butterfly, and other excited families, only adding to the joyful atmosphere.

Raging Water at Jiu Zhai Gou

Jiu Zhai Gou is a really amazing experience; one can fully enjoy the beauty of nature simply by walking the wooden paths.

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