Blue and green lakes as well as waterfalls dot Jiuzhai Valley National Park in southwestern China north of Chengdu. The area, called Jiuzhaigou (“nine village valley”), includes Lake Wuhuahai (pictured). (George Lu)
The area’s lakes are a drawing card for tourists.
There’s a legend, according to the park’s website, that a goddess broke a mirror, and the resulting 114 lakes are the shards that scattered. (Richard Janecki)
The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, in part for the natural beauty and in part for its endangered plant and animal species, such as giant pandas and the Sichuan takin, a type of antelope.