china edition


Jiuzhaigou - Shuzheng Lakes

Sichuan - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Leshan

Shuzheng Gully occupies a major position in Jiuzhaigou Valley. The main paths and roads are flat and have been newly paved with asphalt.

The scenic spot of Shuzheng Lakes is the entrance to magnificent Jiuzhaigou. With a total length of 13.8 kilometer, Shuzheng contains over 40 different lakes, occupying 40% of the total area in Jiuzhaigou.

The whole lake group is clearly steeped in bright blue water and green trees. The clay-colored calcium dykes are elegant and defined, with a lot of weeping willows, pines, cypresses and China firs growing on them. On the dykes of these lakes there is a kind of plateau bush that puts its roots down deeply; these plants add to the many special native plant groups, which provide a marvellous natural spectacle. The nearby Shuzheng stockaded village has preserved 2 primitive stone mills and one wooden bridge; they are simple and rough and enhance the rustic charm of the locale.

Shuijinggong (Crystal Palace) Lake lies in the lower reaches of Shuzheng Gully; the most rippling lake covers an area of 1,000 acres, and is 40 to 50 meter in depth. In the 10 m depth of the centre bottom, there is a milky yellow dyke composed of carbonic acid calcium; it resembles a dragon crouching below the lake. When the wind is blowing across the lake, the dragon seems to be squirming with the billowing water.