Amazing Places: Blue Lake Jiuzhaigou National Park
Jiuzhaigou National Park is a vast network of valleys in China's Sichuan province and home to the beautiful Blue Lake.
This stunning lake is a truly breath-taking place to visit, the beautiful lake is located in Jiuzhaigou National Park in China. The Blue Lake boasts many different stunning features, coloured lakes and waterfalls as well as the picturesque forests and surrounding natural scenery. This national park is a bucket list, must visit for anyone who loves the natural beauty of nature in its most untouched environment.
The Jiuzhaigou National Park stretches over 180,000 acres. It was originally an extensive logging site until 1979 when the Chinese government finally put a stop to the activity in a bid to save the beautiful landscape. The government stop on the logging activity in the area allowed the Jiuzhaigou National Park to flourish and expand into the beautiful expanse that it is today. In 1984, the park was opened up to tourists, giving the chance for everyone to marvel at its natural beauty.
Nature photographers from all over the globe flock to the area every year to snap photo's of the 27 state-protected endangered species of wildlife that call this place home. Some of the marvellous animals that live here include the giant panda, redbelly golden pheasants, love birds, golden monkeys and many others.
These gorgeous animals roam freely around the park, only adding to it's already enchanting beauty. One of the endangered species that is now starting to see an impressive incline in its population levels in the area is the world famous, giant panda.
After years of excessive logging, the bamboo, which is the main food source for giant pandas was at a threateningly low level, as the park has began to flourish again, so have the pandas, meaning they can now start to expand rather than simply fighting to survive as they had done previously.
With over 100 lakes within the valley, all known for their clarity of their water, to such an extent you can see the bottom of even some of the deepest lakes from the surface. The lakes boast colours of blue, green and turquoise which come from the regions glacial activity and hydrological forces.
If the gorgeous lakes and woodland aren't enough for you, then there is nine Tibetan villages within the national park, seven of which are still populated. With the area being so popular with tourists today, the villages that are accessible have an abundance of stalls, selling hand crafts, souvenirs and light snacks, all produced by the locals.
With agriculture now being banned within the area, the locals make a good living from benefiting from the thousands of visitors that come to Jiuzhaigou every year. If you have ever visited the Blue Lake or any other part of Jiuzhaigou National Park we would love to hear from you in the comments section.