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|
|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.