|Sword Rock on the Right|
Again, we had to take a bus part of the way back down because the boardwalk was closed. We stopped at Grass Lake and hiked the rest of the way to the fork.
Arrow Bamboo Lake
There is no swimming allowed in the lakes, but these life preservers are nearby in case of emergency!
|See the ducks? They're floating and the logs are beneath the water!|
Someone threw something edible into Panda Lake attracting all these fish.
Five Flower Lake is famous for the beautiful colors and all the fallen logs down inside the water.
Five Flower/Color Lake
Here again is vegetation growing on the fallen logs in the pond. So amazing!
Pearl Shoals was probably the most interesting water feature in the whole park. The water just flows for several hundred yards across, underneath and around the bushes, shrubs, trees and stones. No particular pathway or riverbed is formed--just solid water overflowing the landscape. It was so pretty!
The water finally comes to a waterfall with spectacular views of towering peaks nearby. It was incredible!
See me waving?
We absolutely loved this area--so beautiful. We decided this is probably one of the top 3 most beautiful places in the world that we have seen! Definitely the prettiest nature we've seen in China.
We decided we wouldn't take the time to go to Tibet, so we were happy to have these beautiful, tall mountain vistas in this Tibetan-like valley.
Our weather report before we left said nothing about sunshine, so I didn't even pack a hat. I needed to protect my nose from the high-altitude sunshine! A paper shield works well.
We reached the fork and proceeded down the Shuzheng Valley. I stopped in at the tourist center to buy another purse with yak leather--last chance to buy!
These photos really show the succession of pools and lakes down the valley, flowing with long waterfalls, one into the other.
Kirk jumped a railing to get out on this log. But the shot was worth it, don't you think?
I love this shot--it looks like the green trees are "pouring" into the lake. Cool!
As we got further down the valley, closer to the entrance, the rivers became more predominant and defined.
The Zaru Temple inside the park.