Jiuzhaigou Valley (simplified Chinese: 九寨沟; traditional Chinese: 九寨溝; pinyin: Jiǔzhàigōu; lit. “Valley of Nine Villages”; Tibetan: Sicadêgu) is a nature reserve in northern Sichuan province of China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape)in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.
Jiuzhaigou lies at the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, 330 km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu. It is part of the Jiuzhaigou County (formerly Nanping County) in the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province, near the Gansu border.
The valley covers at least 240 km², with some protection organizations giving the area as 600 to 720 km², with buffer zones covering an additional 400 to 600 km². Its altitude, depending on the area considered, ranges from 1,998 to 2,140 m (at the mouth of Shuzheng Gully) to 4,558 – 4,764 m (on Mount Ganzigonggai at the top of Zechawa Gully). source : wikipedia.org
I was took a trip there last fall. It is a place of amazing natural beauty with breathtaking scenery that is simply out of this world. unfortunately, the conditions were not really too favorable for photography. It was overcast during morning time, making lighting less than optimal. The sky cleared up before noon time, but the noon and afternoon Sun made the lighting far too harsh. The worst factor was that we were at the wrong scene at the wrong time most of the time when we had to shoot against the light, sometimes directly into the Sun. Anyway, I did the best I could under such circumstances. I can assured you that the actual scenery looked a lot better than in these photos. I hope you will enjoy them nevertheless.
All shots were taken with Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 and EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM. Here’s a small selection of photos from Jiuzhaigou and you can see a full selection of photos at my gallery:- http://public.fotki.com/RolandLim/jiuzhaigou/