Monday, February 06, 2006

Jiuzhaigou (九寨溝) : Long Lake (长海)

This is the first time I see a frozen lake. By the time I reached the Long Lake(长海), it was almost 2 pm in the afternoon. Although it was winter, but it was quite "warm" already by then and not as freezing cold as in the early morning. Might be with all the walking (& exercising) contributed to heat generation.. One good thing to travel in winter is I won't sweat ;)

The Frozen Long Lake (长海)is the largest lake in Jiuzhaigou. (altitude 3,100 meters, measuring 4.4 km in length and 88.8 m in depth). During winter, the lake is frozen over with a depth of 60 centimeters and covered with ice.

The lake has no surface outlet. Water leaves the lake through a subsurface karst system, replenishing the lakes in Rize and Shuzeng valley. Local folklore and legends features monsters in various lakes in Jiuzhaigou, notably Long Lake(长海), Arrow Bamboo Lake (箭竹海) and Nuorilang Lakes (诺日朗群海).

17 comments:

Wuching said...

that's the biggest block of ice cube i've ever seen! :)

Jellyfish said...

oh? hmmm...
i saw unker h2o frozen into ice liao :(

kekekekekeke....

NBB said...

wow! breath taking!

Chen said...

wuching,
Hehehhe.. this is the first time I saw a frozen lake :)

jellyfish,
aiks.. don't curse unker woh..
later he dowan to give u angpow liao..
I will post some nice lake sceneries later on.

nurul,
yeah, I love those scenic view.

sbanboy said...

Wah I want to go there too ....

FH2O said...

don't worry lah! i'm not afraid of a little ice n its nice of jellyfish to think of me.
wah! i love this series of lake photos so post more MORE MORE!

now i've got to look up on "subsurface karst system" ...

Chen said...

sbanboy,
There are lots of interesting places to visit in China :) I will definitely go back there again..

fh2o,
Will u give us a brief summary regarding "subsurface karst system" later on after u do your research online ?

FH2O said...

Busy!Busy! But this is what I found out -

"Karst" means terrain, generally underlain by limestone, in which the topography is chiefly formed by the dissolving of rock, and is commonly characterized by closed depressions, underground drainage, and caves.

Does this help? No? Too Bad! ;)

Chen said...

fh2o,
understand bit bit loh :D

PhotoCrazy said...

how come nobody skating on the ice? maybe u should break the tradition by doing your first skating there.

Chen said...

photocrazy,
I dunno how to skate :P
Later fall down, I will be the center of attention,
or worse still... kena tangkap :D

Jellyfish said...

kena tangkap lagi center of attention :P

Chen said...

jellyfish,
hahhaha.. that's why :P
later cannot come back to our beloved Msia :D

Robin said...

Wah, this remind me of my last year's trip.

http://robin33.blogspot.com/2005_08_01_robin33_archive.html

Chen said...

robin,
u went there in autumn? Jiuzhaigou scenery is the best at that period of time :) Very colourful..

Robin said...

Yes, I went there in Autumn... and it is really beautiful.. but a lot of people.

I covered most of this place 5 years ago too.. My next aim to go when it snow.. should be beautiful too!

Did u stay at Jiu Zhai Tian Tang.. wonderful place, right in the middle of Jiu Zhai.

Chen said...

Robin,
I see :)
So the coming trip will be your 3rd trip to Jiuzhaigou.

The problem with snowing is the route there will be dangerous... The normal 10 hours bus ride will become 15 hours plus bus ride :) or u take flight previously?

Yeah, we stayed in "Jiu Zhai Tian Tang". Nice hotel, but pricey :)