Called Dzitsa Degu in Tibetan, Jiuzhai Valley or Jiuzhaigou National Park is located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, South Western China. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and it belongs to the category 5 in the IUCN system of protected area categorization. Jiuzhai Valley literally means “Nine Village Valley” and is named after the nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout the park. There is evidence of people living in the national park up to 3,000 years and the local people still hold onto many of their traditional ways of life. The human population of the park is just over 1,000 which comprises of over 110 families.
The superb landscapes of Jiuzhai Valley are particularly interesting for their narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls and lakes. There are over 220 bird species found in Jiuzhai Valley as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey and the Sichuan takin.
Jiuzhai Valley is part of the Min Shan mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Pletau and stretches over 720 sq km (72,000 hectares) with an extra buffer zone of 598 sq. km (60,000 hectares). The Min Mountains are one of South West China’s most important biodiversity typezones. The elevation of the national park ranges from almost 2,000m (6,500 feet) at the entrance to over 4,500m (14,760 feet) on the mountain peaks and the series of forest ecosystems are stratified by elevation.
Pearl Shoal Waterfall is one of the biggest and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Jiuzghaigou. It is said that on a very clear day one can see the snow capped mountains in the far distance. Also at this time of the year some of the parts of the waterfall are still frozen so we were very lucky with the weather conditions.
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Fis2 (100568) 2014-02-15 11:05
Gdzie to wypatrzylas taki interesujacy wodospad.
Ladny kadr i kolory.
Swiatlo i cien dodaja uroku tej fotografii.
adramad (46922) 2014-02-15 11:06
Fascinating landscape that shows us this splendid composition, foreground enjoyed the beauty of the waterfall, while the wooded hillside behind, leads to the superb background mountains with snowy peaks, a beautiful image and great perspective.
The colors and brightness are superb.
Good sharpness allows us to recreate the details.
Well done. I love it.
Enjoy the weekend.
Silvio1953 (146529) 2014-02-15 11:22
Ciao Mamila, great view of fantastic waterfall, wonderful natural colors, excellent Clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
cornejo (43859) 2014-02-15 11:24
Hi Kamila, lovely view of this beautiful waterfall with beautiful mountains in background, very well composed and captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful picture. A beautiful picture of a beautiful landscape, with good sharpness, depth and quality. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-15 11:59
Just discover you and your impresive photos of so far away countries, great ones about Chine, must have a look with time
This is an impresive capture well managed light in contrast fall and vegetation at the sun and closing, mountain at te back
Smart frame given by the branch
PaulVDV (29767) 2014-02-15 12:08
It looks like you've visited Jiuzhaigou in the best season.
The picture shows some nice autumn tones together with a beautiful green hill and the snowcapped peaks, all under a bright blue sky.
The waterfall is taken from an excellent angle, showing the many jets spread over the rock.
I like your well chosen POV and the outstanding composition.
The overhanging branch is located on the ideal place.
You show us here a fantastic beautiful landscape in a real high quality picture.
Best regards, Paul
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-02-15 13:56
Magnificent place and natural details!
Sharpness, management of sort of difficult light, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Saturday night and Sunday!
carlo62 (50730) 2014-02-15 14:36
un'altra immagine di una Cina meno conosciuta, della sua natura e delle bellezze del suo territorio.
Complimenti per questa bella serie di foto.
emka (100737) 2014-02-15 23:21
Ale miałas piekna pogiodę w Jiuzhaigou. Fantastyczny widok wodospadu i osniezonych szczytów w oddali. Piekne zdjecie.
Ja w Chinach miałam Lumixa, nie byłam z niego zadowolona, a własnie w Jiuzhaigou w ogole odmówil posluszeństwa. Mozesz sobie wyobrazic, jak byłam zła.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-15 23:30
Magnifique paysage chinois que tu as merveilleusement mis en image dans cette belle composition verticale.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-15 23:38
piekny pierwszy plan i wspaniale gory z osniezonymi szczytami w glebi,ladna naturalna kolorystyka,pozdrawiam
ikeharel (73527) 2014-02-16 0:40
An amazing nature scenery, Kamila.
Waterfall always an intriguing subject for photography, yet this one is really unique.
From POV taken this photo, we can appreciate the mountains with its snowy top's, and green forest slopes and the mavelous cascade in FG.
Well done picture, impressive sight.
bukitgolfb301 (42912) 2014-02-16 1:09
Hi dear Kamlia,how are you?
Great landsacpe image at all in perefct framework and the best color touch. This is just idea, if shutter speed is slower, water fall can be more fantatsic,but I am not sure--, Anyway great shot as usual.
All the best and have a good Sunday! Takero
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-16 1:46
a nice mountain-scape here with that magnificent falls in foreground. Excellent management over light. Very good depth to show also the details of the far snow covered mountain. Excellent composition with fascinating colours. Well done. Tfs.
lousat (93550) 2014-02-16 2:04
Hi Kamila,what a magnificent scenery and what a class to take it in this spectacular composition,great exposure of the different light levels to show us the best till the waterfalls in the shadows and the best details everywhere too,i like it!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-16 2:26
Plunging waterfalls, hills with pine forests, snow capped mountains under the clear blue sky, any one them would have made a fine landscape photo, having all of them in one makes your photo outstanding. Excellent composition from your chosen POV. Well seen and taken, thanks for sharing.
holmertz (54873) 2014-02-16 2:26
You visited some fantastic places on your Chinese journey. This is a scenery of outstanding beauty and a very well composed photo with perfect exposure.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-16 2:38
OO! this is just captivating. What a place to stand and admire and in this setting quite awesomely beautiful. Composed and captured irresistibly and presented superbly. I love it!
Have a great Sunday - B.
snunney (101522) 2014-02-16 2:39
A great capture of these spectacular cascades. The vertical format is well chosen to emphasise height of the falls and the magnificence of the surrounding landscape. First class technical presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-16 4:19
un'altra bella perla da aggiungere alla tua collana di fotografie sulla Cina.
Fino ad oggi sono tutte perfette e questa segue lo stesso standard.
Ottima composizione e soggetto di notevole bellezza i suoi pregi principali senza dimenticare i colori sempre naturali e piacevoli.
Ciao e buona domenica
Nicou (145048) 2014-02-16 6:47
quelle merveilleuse iamge sueprbe chutte d'eau quell roche coupante et en fond la vue sur le montagne c'est fabuleux ces décor.
Bravo et amitié
photoray (13981) 2014-02-16 7:59
Attractive vertical scene with the Pearl Shoal Waterfall dominating in the shadow, then surrounding landscape with the distant snow capped peaks. Must be a fine National Park to explore and look for photo candidates.
chrislo (4097) 2014-02-16 8:10
A beautifully composed image. I like the POV you've taken this shot from, showing successively the lovely waterfalls, the tree-covered hillside and the snow capped mountains. Excellent framing and colour rendition in this shot. Well done.
Noel_Byrne (32070) 2014-02-16 8:28
This is amazing. The sense of height makes me a little dizzy, which is a beautiful effect to get from a photo. The depth is superb too, as we look from the rocky foreground and waterfall across the rich forest and off to the snowy peaks and so blue sky in the distance. You captured this under super light too, which throws shadow in the most apt places. Really a wonderful image, thanks for sharing.
m (0) 2014-02-16 9:02
I see the date when it was taken but to me it looks like a very fresh spring photo:) Really beautiful, with a great point of view, tender colors and amazing mood.
I just hope that spring won't make us all wait here again as the snow has almost gone now and we have plus temperatures...at least your lovely photo keeps my hope alive:))
Have a great week!
pajaran (62448) 2014-02-16 10:36
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazan vodopad i planina sa snegom u daljini, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the place, with a description ...
Nice view ...
Good shot, sharpness, contrast and perspective, well shown waterfall and mountains with snow in the distance, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-02-16 11:33
beautiful landscape. I liked the way the scene is divided in tonal value from the dark foreground through mid to the snow capped peaks in the distance. Excellently managed light. Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-16 16:44
There must be so many possibilities to capture the raw beauty and grand scale of nature in this region, and it would appear you have found another one. :) These falls may not be on anyone's watch list per se, but they sure are lovely in their own right. An impressive display and exposure work to see them so clearly in the shadows. A view worth admiring for a nice long time. Enjoy the week ahead. Take good care.
abmdsudi (55556) 2014-02-16 22:23
I like the pov you chose for this, enhancing the height and scale of this waterfalls. A breath taking indeed in great colours, sublime light and details the way water was captured with a great sense of movement even without human presence to give a scale we can easily imagine the waterfalls is quite big. Well done shot, Congrats
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-16 23:37
This image has everything: the waterfall, the deep rocks, the forest and the snow capped mountains.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-02-17 3:35
you have handled the exposure settings ever so well,from the snow capped mountains to the shade of the tumbling waterfall there are exquisite details to be seen and enjoyed.
The composition in a well chosen upright format is ideal for the subject, with the hanging branch providing a nice touch in the top RH corner.
Altogether a stunning piece of photography.
My best regards Les.
mirosu (16273) 2014-02-17 3:37
Waterfalls have such an awesome beauty to them that they always compel one to want to capture the power and motion that is contained within them. I like this image for several reasons. The nice view of the white fall water, well lit trees on the hill behind and the fabulous white mountains in background.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice week.
Oceania (5202) 2014-02-17 6:37
Your trip almost covered a half of China. Jiuzhaigou is considered the most beautiful place in China. Your beautiful picture proves that. Basically, there are three layers (snowcapped the mountain, green hill, and waterfalls) in this picture. The combination of them is fabulous. The picture is perfectly done. I really like it.
rychem (38049) 2014-02-17 8:23
Malowniczy wodospad, ujęcie jest takie, ze zyskuje na dostojenstwie, trochę przypomina wodospady Krka w Chorwacji
jacquest (18927) 2014-02-17 9:54
The waterfall in the shadow contrasts with the bright sun on the forest and mountain and the distance in the valley creates deepness. I like this image showing tree natural elements in one frame, water, forest and snow.
HimalAnda (10669) 2014-02-17 13:00
Thnak you for sharing with us this picture of a beautiful place.
I like the difference between the waterfall on the foreground and the snowy mountain in the background: the point of view is perfectly choosen.
delpeoples (58804) 2014-02-17 22:45
Kalimera dear Kamila
Wow, just wow. This shot belongs on the cover of a magazine. The brilliant colours, the flawless management of the light and shade, the vertical frame, incredible depth of field and sensational subject matter have combined to produce a masterpiece. Congratulations dear friend, this is a photo to love, look at and learn from.
Warmest wishes, geia sou
macjake (69715) 2014-02-18 0:58
I may be traveling to China in 2015, and if I do, I'll have to refer to your photos as a guide :)
you have some pretty wonderful photographs.
amazing to read that there are still families living in this park, thats incredible.
my favorite part of the photo are the trees, in that section they actually look like a painting.
beautiful scenery that's captured very well.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-02-18 1:04
piekna przyroda i naprawde imponujacy wodospad!
Swietnie,ze pogoda dopisala,bo blekit nieba znakomicie dopelnia ta kompozycje i wplywa pozytywnie na kolory.
Podoba mi sie rowniez twoja prezentacja i pionowy kadr.
Graal (103034) 2014-02-18 3:16
kolejny piekny krajobraz z Chin. Wspaniale wodospady. Dobre ujecie w pionie. Pozazdroscic wyprawy.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-19 20:32
It must be a very beautiful place there..your journey and series are extraordinary and thanks for sharing your fascinating work!!
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-20 6:51
A lovely little waterfall here, Kamila, and it appears almost a secret, with no one around, no fanfare, just out in the wilderness. Nice contrast between the shaded falls and the hillsides in sunlight. You've done a nice job managing the light here. And thanks for the welcome back!
jemaflor (99003) 2014-02-21 7:06
Nice composition with this good vertical format, perfect to show us this waterfall and the peak in the Bg, Good light management even the fall was in the shadows.
ChrisJ (116044) 2014-02-21 9:16
Ah, one of three places in China I would love to see if I ever went back! The others are Cangbaishan volcano on the north Korean border and Wulingyuan in Hunan. The waterfall makes a fine fg focal point. Good sharpness and the diagonal mountain spur in the bg adds dynamism. The snowcapped peaks top it all off. Tfs!
Cricri (121189) 2014-02-22 1:19
Magnifique paysage de montagnes blanches, de forets, et de cette jolie cascade sauvage qui donne une attirance certaine, bon format et lumière
Waylim (25502) 2014-03-05 17:49
there are many beautiful falls in the park, this is one of my favorite, there were so many people here when I was here. This is a very nice POV from the top and good to have the mountain in the distance too. Excellent photo.
jmdias (65511) 2014-03-09 15:04
very unusual the shapes of this waterfalls, they have a diagonal and a vertical sides. perfect framing showing the beauty of the place with the snow in the top of those mountains. a beautiful image from china, reminds me the old Chinese drawings. TFS.
federico (3963) 2014-05-01 17:01
hi kamila, a very beautyfull vertical frame, very well composed with the waterfall view enriched by the snowy mountain in the background, good light management and great clarity
tatadalou (7459) 2014-05-17 3:26
I really like your series of China. Another nice landscape you present us with talent. You mastered very well the light conditions,the shadows around the waterfall are not so dark.
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8107)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-28
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-15 10:30