Heading north along Square Street of Lijiang Old Town, you reach Heilongtan Pool (Black Dragon Pool) at the foot of the Elephant Hill. The pool is also called Jade Spring Park, reflecting its endless bubbling clear spring waters.
The Heilongtan pool is enormous, with an area of 40 hectares (over 430,000 sqft), and it provides a haven for bird and water-life, with spectacular plants. Surrounding the pool, within the park's landscape, are ancient monuments such as the Longshen Temple, the Deyue Pavilion, the Suocui Bridge and the Hanyue Stage.
The arrival at the park is along a colored cobbled lane to reach a white marble bridge over emerald water: the Suocui Bridge. To your north, weather permitting, you might see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with its white snow, the source of the Jade Spring and its famous white clouds. The Deyue Pavilion rests at the center of the lake, on the same axis as the Hanyue Stage. At the gate, there is a pair of couplets inscribed by the famous Chinese writer Guo Moruo. (internet source)
There is more information about the pool under my other photo from the same place. This one has been taken right at the exit and shows a little wider panorama over the pool. Although the weather was quite good I didn't manage to get the snowy peaks of the mountains in the background.
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carlo62 (41195) 2014-04-14 7:58
un paesaggio incredibile, molto distante da quelli a cui sono abituato e proprio per questo ancora più sensazionale.
Bellissima composizione, molto equilibrata.
ikeharel (65141) 2014-04-14 8:06
Good evening Kamila,
Marvelous view over the lake with its temples around the park.
The bridge is drawing the view to the far side, and in contrast there is a reflection on the mid-water pagoda-style shrine.
The mountain-slop added sense of depth to the whole.
A charming location, nicely applied.
lousat (85018) 2014-04-14 8:08
Hi Kamila,another beautiful corner from your trip,the composition is very nice and rich,with the diagonal create by the hill in background and the reflections under the bridge like a lot of underscores,perfect moment with the best light and fine detail everywhere too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
photoray (13725) 2014-04-14 8:09
Fine panorama of Black Dragon Pool with its classical architecture - arched bridge, and 3 eye catching temples, with a natural landscape backdrop.
Nicou (133338) 2014-04-14 8:13
Quelle compo et image sueprbe vue ce petit pont avec le différents temples et le plan d'eau sueprbe ensemble et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-14 8:14
un'altra delle tue meraviglie portata dalla Cina con ricchezza di particolari e colori brillanti.
Una composizione impeccabile per un soggetto che merita il massimo dell'attenzione.
Complimenti anche per questa ennes
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-14 8:32
Hello Kamila - I have wanted to visit Lijiang for many years, it's still on my list and hopefully one day I will have the opportunity. This is a lovely photograph of Black Dragon Pool. It has all the elements of a mystical Chinese scene speaking strongly of legend and beliefs. The archetypal architecture is beautifully captured in a superb setting.
rychem (30287) 2014-04-14 8:56
Smok może jest czarny, ale kolory jesienne, a sam most wygląda jak gąsienica, świetne zdjęcie
dkmurphys (54445) 2014-04-14 9:52
Very beautiful place. I like the deep calm atmosphere and the nature. Well taken scene, have a good week.
cornejo (37653) 2014-04-14 10:07
Hi Kamila, lovely view of this beautiful lake with beautiful buildings, beautifully composed and captured in this great and beautiful photography. A wonderful image of a beautiful place, with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
cargus (10017) 2014-04-14 11:19
La lumière, la couleur et le contraste sont excellents, superbe les réflexions dans l'eau, clarté d'image très bonne… image bien fait.!!
holmertz (47066) 2014-04-14 11:44
Yur photos from China show us the country as I imagined it to be as a child, long before I could even dream of ever going there. This is really very far from the polluted streets of the modern big cities. You have composed it as nicely as ever, with excellent light and colours. The only thing I wonder about is whether the line of stones in the foreground are there just by a natural phenomenon or deliberately laid out to provide a foregrund for photographers :-). You certainly used them well in any case.
ChrisJ (107083) 2014-04-14 14:33
I visited Black Dragon Pool years ago and was not disappointed, except it began to rain. I like the distant bridge and the 3 distinctively Chinese style buildings in the bg. Good sharpness and nice rippled reflections in the fg water. The protruding rocks in the fg add depth and help frame the bg. Tfs!
chrislo (4155) 2014-04-14 15:04
A peaceful and charming photo, beautifully composed. The buildings and the elegant bridge have typical beautiful shapes and make lovely reflections in the pool. The amount of detail you have captured throughout the scene is great. A nice place with lovely colours. Very good note, too.
jjcordier (79289) 2014-04-14 23:00
Les pagodes et le pont donnent de l'originalité à ce bel endroit que tu as très bien photographié.
emka (89301) 2014-04-14 23:50
Sliczne zdjecie z Lijiangu. Pięknie skomponowane, fantastyczne kolory i ostrośc. Ostatnio zaczęłam myśleć o podrózy do Yunnanu, ale jeszcze nie wiem jak to zrobić. .
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-14 23:53
kolejna piekna pocztowka z Chin,ladny kadr kolorystyka i ciekawa architektura,pozdrawiam
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-15 3:29
iconic elements here that make this so captivating and beautiful. A really tranquil mood and I love the fg rocks that give depth and scale to the image. Perfect!
Regards - B.
batalay (37447) 2014-04-15 5:31
There is a extraordinary serenity in this scene, with the roofs seemingly having floated into place. The water and bridge, and the steep hill behind, all perfectly placed in the frame. Thank you for letting us see this lovely place vicariously.
adramad (41965) 2014-04-15 9:05
A delicious composition, structure masterfully, with this line of stones in the foreground, the still waters of the pond increase the feeling of peace, that delights us with these wonderful temples and the beautiful bridge, with all those pretty wooded slopes .
A place of dream
Beautiful colors, with really natural tones.
Very good brightness, and sharpness.
Very well done. I love it,
Have a nice day.
Very warm greetings.
marina7 (8055) 2014-04-15 11:01
you visited very beautiful and scenic places in China! There's a great sense of tranquility here, the composition is really nice. Stones in the foreground, calm waters and charming pagodas beside the lovely bridge... everything seems to be in perfect harmony. The quality is excellent as is the mood.
Graal (101104) 2014-04-15 11:22
piekny widok z chinskim i azjatyckim klimatem zarazem. Fajne ujecie z dobrego POV. Piekny mostek i pagody.
federico (3210) 2014-04-15 15:31
hello Kamila, very nice picture, good reflections, I remember this place in Lijang, a classic example of chinese architecture and gardening
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2014-04-16 1:52
This is a beauty. You got this frame very good with nice collaboration of nature and architecture. Great light & colours. Sharp details. Superb shot. TFS.
Silvio1953 (133690) 2014-04-16 6:45
Ciao Kamila, great view of fantastic architectures, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (113589) 2014-04-16 8:30
Une image bien composer et équilibrer, le charme de l'architecture dans un décor très plaisant, très belle présentation
pajaran (56558) 2014-04-16 8:59
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na jezero i arhitekturu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting and good article on the place with a description ...
Nice view of the lake and architecture ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place indicated, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
papagolf21 (93094) 2014-04-16 11:19
Bonsoir, chère Kamila,
Une véritable oeuvre d'art présentée à travers ce sujet.
Tout est charmant et délicieux.
Un grand merci pour cette réalisation de toute beauté.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-04-16 13:40
c'est un superbe paysage! Le plan d'eau et la montagne forment un bel écrin à ces pagodes et ce petit pont typiques. Une belle composition, bien vu!
Royaldevon (34665) 2014-04-16 14:28
You have brought us some delightful images from China. The beauty is undeniable.
Here, we have another very well composed shot, paying attention to the rule of thirds and with elements well positioned in the frame.
The light and reflections on the water are lovely and help to give a greater sense of depth.
My warm regards,
danos (92538) 2014-04-17 3:44
fascinating the view as the presentation of black Dragon pool with the characteristic white bridge to be the eye catching of the scene.The kiosk on the left as the other constructions on the backdrop of the image enhance even more the beauty and the singularity of the place.Well done.
Have a good day,Danos
dip (23888) 2014-04-17 4:47
very beautiful scenery,the white bridge and also the buildings are really wonderful details and make the composition still more interesting,
thanks for sharing,
jhm (146570) 2014-04-17 5:39
This is a very quiet picture taken out of an excellent visual point.
The bridge is the real eye cather on these nice picture.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Sharpness and clarity his real pleasant.
Very well composition, TFS.
claudeD (36584) 2014-04-17 9:15
very interesting picture from China showing this typical location of that region. Very good composition and fine colors.I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
abmdsudi (48735) 2014-04-17 19:22
Nice and peaceful lake view with bridge and pagoda attracting the eye and beautiful looking snowy mountains in the background. Well done and Tfs
tedesse (25133) 2014-04-18 1:08
Doskonaly POV i kompozycja, super kolory i ostrosc.
ourania (38892) 2014-04-18 6:14
this is a beautiful view too. This place has so many lovely points of view and details to offer to visitors and viewers. Your composition is comprehensive and elegant, there's much interest and delight all over the frame and a great balance among the different elements. I also like very much how you handled the intensity of the light rendering reflections and colours so attractive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great afternoon,
mohammad_H (9804) 2014-04-18 8:34
Eye-catching and pleasant scenery, I understand the sense of peace and resolution of the image is
Congratulations, for this beautiful and elegant
I'll add this picture to my wishlist
Great and Glorious Nature of God
Have a good evening
jcpix (13846) 2014-04-18 20:34
The name alone draws intrigue, I'm half expecting to see some type of mystical creature featured here. :) A tranquil scene, bathed in soft sunlight which would entice anyone for a visit. A fine compilation of pagoda's, and a well lit bridge for a focal point. Another welcoming and pleasant view....stay and linger for the atmosphere, or move on for more photo's?? :) Enjoy the new day ahead. All the best.
npecanhuk (72000) 2014-04-19 5:05
Very beautiful place and details!
Very attractive picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that truly pleased me here too!
TFS - congrats,
Fis2 (92113) 2014-04-19 5:28
Fajne te Twoje chinskie klimaty.
Piekny most i ciekawe budunki.
Dobry kadr i super kolorki.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-04-19 13:30
A very charming, well composed and Chinese landscape, temples with red , white bridge at the back to add balance, vegetation in all shades of green at the back
Like the white stones used as a natural frame at the front
Happy Easter from Argentina!
eldancer1 (33861) 2014-04-21 7:33
Chinese architectures are so distinctive and beautiful, and you captured them very nicely. I like your low pov and it has good details. Well done, tfs.
omid266 (6700) 2014-04-23 20:38
Salam , Hello Kamila ,
very good posts from different countries in your gallery,
excellent scene fron this pool , beautiful colours , all the BEST and Thanks ,
macjake (63154) 2014-04-23 23:14
looking at this scene, there are immediate areas that could stand alone as fine photos - that bridge and its reflections for example.
this is a fine complimentary photo with the other photos you have as well.
love that you placed the rocks in the fg for depth perception, that always works well.
lovely shot once again.
see you around
jemaflor (91223) 2014-04-26 23:19
Nice composition with water and stones in the Fg and monuments and bridge as focal points of view, light and colors of these trees are nice, well presented, tfs.
jacquest (18919) 2014-04-27 11:00
The point of view s well choesen and the elements weel placed. The distance on the water creates deepness and I like the framing with the small rocks at the front. The light is very special and creates an interesting mood of quietness.
miumiu (6113) 2014-05-17 3:10
l like the peaceful atmosphere of your photo.
l painted a Chinese landscape picture some years ago, the composition is similar to your photo.
Have a nice weekend
Didi (59654) 2014-07-16 9:36
Awesome autumn view, wonderful place
Very good lights ambiance
If I was there I can make a stitch of several pictures to see the top of the hill
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8105)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-06
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 600D
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-14 7:51