Jiuzhaigou – Before and After the Recent Earthquake

It takes millions of years to create the picturesque environment of the beautiful lakes in Jiuzhaigou, China.

The placid and serene lakes there are known for their mirror like reflection. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lakes.

Water with calcium in it flows through the area creating bund like structures and series of terraces.

The water is so blue as it has no living plants in there; trees fallen over in the lake are progressively calcified.

Now, everything is destroyed.

The waterfalls are gone, the bunds disappeared.

Perhaps, the area will never recover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The last two photos are from the news agencies to which credit is due.

38 thoughts on “Jiuzhaigou – Before and After the Recent Earthquake

  1. Nature created them, and nature took them back. It’s part of our ever changing landscape. A reminder to all of us that nothing is permanent.

  2. Hi Michael: Thank you for sharing the before and after pictures. I was there few years ago. It was so beautiful. I wonder how nature can be restored by men, We’ll just hope for the best and pray for those injured.


  3. This is beyond sad. I wonder when the Chinese will awaken to the need for environmental stewardship. It may have been an earthquake, but there are so many factors involved – I live in the land of earthquakes! Humans do impact the environment in so many ways. Aloha, Michael.

  4. I’m so sorry. However God has but into nature a will to revive and restore! Sometimes the most unthinkable disasters have surprised with a reinvigoration of the landscape. I pray that will be so there.

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