9 Villages and a Gorge

Hi Loungers,

I've been away from here for awhile, sorry about not be that active (well at least on the English side of the Lounge) wink

I've just gotten back to China after working in the US over the past few months.  It's been a hectic, but productive, time...but I needed to recharge myself in an environment that I think Tick-Talk and Alex can appreciate (as known mountain lovers).  So we spent a few days in a location called 九寨沟 (Jiu Zhai Gou, which translate into "9 Village Gorge").  The name comes from, you guessed it, a Gorge with 9 villages sitting along it. 

It is in China's Sichuan province but close to Tibet and and primarily inhabited by Tibetans. It is a major tourist attraction during peak season and similar to a National Park.  The natural environment from the Mountains to the lakes and waterfalls are what make it special in China. Altitude at this location vary from 2,000m to 3,300m (6,500ft to 10,800ft).

I made sure we went after peak season, it was colder, but much less people and the colors were much more varied.  Here are some pictures, just thought I'd share.

9 Villages and a Gorge

9 Villages and a Gorge

9 Villages and a Gorge

9 Villages and a Gorge

9 Villages and a Gorge

9 Villages and a Gorge

9 Villages and a Gorge



Beautiful photos, Dan
11/12/2013 - 16:32
I hope to see you soon and pick your brain for suggestions on where and how to travel in China. We are eaer to make  journey there soon.  This looks lik  beautiful plce. Best regards, Robert
Thanks Robert, lets definitely talk in Geneva! (nt)
11/13/2013 - 13:54
v&c
Stunning scenery, wilderness at its best and a pleasure to see as most
11/12/2013 - 22:13
photos we see on China have more to do with hectic construction work
Thanks Alex, it is not that easy to get to.
11/13/2013 - 13:57
But definitely worth the trip.  You are also quite right, most people (even in China) are used to seeing urbanization and modernazition at a dizzying pace.  Relatively few get to experience these more remote areas of the country. BR, Dan
Now that's what you call a cool photography ;-) (nt)
11/12/2013 - 22:27
Nt
Thanks Pal, sorry to read your post about the difficulties
11/13/2013 - 13:59
in Poland.  Keep safe!  BR, Dan
Lovely photos Dan. I need to learn photography from
11/13/2013 - 08:46
you guys. Would love to visit China some day.
If you go to Shanghai or Beijing, you better let me know! :-)
11/13/2013 - 14:00
Best Regards, Dan
Re: If you go to Shanghai or Beijing, you better let me know! :-)
11/14/2013 - 07:28
Will do so definitely. Thanks.
Or how to catch the beauty of Nature
11/13/2013 - 10:35
Great photographer you are, Dan. Cheers, Liger
Thanks Liger, but the truth is...
11/13/2013 - 14:03
with natural scenary like this all around you, all that was needed was a camera phone to take these photos. It definitely was not the skill of the photographer.  That's how beautiful it really was there!  :-) BR, Dan
Peace and tranquility...
11/13/2013 - 14:03
Dan, nature has a wonderful way of expressing itself. Thank you for capturing your thoughts and feelings through the lensheart... It's always good to hear from you. Welcome home! Best wishes Tony
Thanks Tony!
11/13/2013 - 14:06
Although my side of the family was near me while working in the US.  Home is where the wife is wink Best Regards, Dan
Beautiful, Dan
11/13/2013 - 16:07
Very relaxing to see. Must have been a real Zen experience. I particularly like the "fjord-like" photo. What a view! Thanks very much. Joseph
Relaxing and Zen Like are quite accurate descriptions
11/14/2013 - 04:08
of how we felt. :-)  Thanks Joseph. We took A LOT of deep breaths, trying to get the good air sacks in our lungs a test of healthy air (before going back to Beijing!) What I found really cool was that the water is so clear....the depth of the pool in the "fjord like" photo ranges from 10-14 meters.  The pools in the second and third pictures shown are also that deep.  But you really cannot tell when looking directly at them. Best Regards, Dan
Amazing shots!
11/16/2013 - 16:55
Thanks Dan for sharing! I might visit this part of Sichuan for a vacation some day when my kids are older. Cheers Robin