Friday, February 17, 2006

Jiuzhaigou ( 九寨溝) : Pearl Shoal (珍珠滩)

Pearl Shoal (珍 珠滩) is a wide sloping area of active calcareous tufa deposition covered in a thin sheet of flowing water. I guess the name Pearl Shoal derived from the stream of water which ripples over the rocks which glister like white pearls. The stream of water empties into the famous Pearl Waterfalls. Some of the scenes of the tv drama series Journey to the West(西遊記) were filmed here. This is one of the beautiful site in Jiuzhaigou.

The Pearl Shoal Waterfall (珍珠滩瀑布) is one of the distinctive waterfalls in Jiuzhaigou. The stream of water surges down from the Pearl Shoal. The water will splash like millions of bouncing white pearls before going down to form the fantastic waterfalls of various shapes with thunderous sound.


FH2O said...

Wow! I must visit these picture postcards one day!

agus said...

So beautiful. It's amazing that you can get so close for the shots.

Cynthia said...

wah lau!!

my respond is just like everyone's else..SO beautiful~!

Anonymous said...

what is a calcareous tufa?

Selba said...

yup.... beautiful.... :) it's so amazing.....

unker fh2o: let's arrange a small tour "the scenery group tour" then ask chen and robin to be our tour guide since they both have went there and I believe they don't mind to visit again (right, chen? right, robin?)

Anyone wanna join us? please register a.s.a.p :D

Chen said...

Jiuzhaigou is a UNESCO listed Natural Heritage Site in 1992. That is a must visit place :) U won't regret going there.

yeah, very beautiful. I didn't zoom in for the photos :) All the pictures here are taken using wide angles.

Do pay a visit there sometime in the future.

Chemical deposit of calcium carbonate found around hot springs and also in desiccated lake beds.

woh.. hahaha.. Thanks for the compliment :P but I'm not qualified as tour guide lah :D

hawks said...

That place would be my next target.

I am sure there are more photo you can post

Jellyfish said...


when wanna take ur KSL there?

Anonymous said...

it certainly glistens like pearls!!
All glory to God for creating such beautiful sights for us to enjoy. yep, He is the creator of heavens and earth.

Furkids In Hong Kong said...

Your description of the place makes the already beautiful photos even more so!

Thanks for sharing - the place looks so romantic.

Chen said...

Might be I will create a photo album later on to compile the photos :D

my KSL has hand & feet, he can go there by himself :P kekkee...
U bring your sweetheart there loh next time

Thanks for dropping by.
Our Almighty God is great :)

Furkids in HK,
U really should consider going there for vacation :)

PhotoCrazy said...

How come it didn't cross your mind that pearls was found in that river long time ago.. maybe somebody drop them there and the next person found them.. hehehe..

Takakohazelnut said...

First, the pix are beautiful; u a professional photographer? Macam postcards!

Went to Halong Bay, a UNESCO listed heritage site two months ago and while it's beautiful with hundreds of outcrops and limstone caves, I think JZG looks better...

Loong said...

Wah how come you get to visit all these nice places - can sponsor me or not?

Daniel said...

I plan to be there mid this year (less cold) if everything goes well. Have heard of this place and planned to go even b4 seeing the pics. Now I'm convinced.

Chen said...

hahha.. good explanation :D

Thanks for your compliment :)
I'm not professional photographer, but I started enjoying photo shooting several months back.

I have never been to Halong Bay nor Vietnam before. I have seen from picture the scenery there is very nice :)

I don't have so much $$$ to sponsor u :P

U definitely won't regret going there. Jiuzhaigou is even more scenic in autumn/fall.

Robin said...

The Pearl shoal is quite a distance off the main track.. but definitely worth going..especially at the end of the shoal, which breaks into a beautiful water fall.

Indeed, the ripple of water jumping up as it hits the pebbles makes all the jumping water drops look like pearl. .. Haha.. bad description, you should see it with your own eyes..

Doc Chen, did u bring a video cam with you?? my video turns out fantasic.. with action and sound to last a lifetime..

Chen said...

every corner in Jiuzhaigou is worth exploring, provided one is not too exhausted :D

Too bad, I didn't bring my video cam with me.. I didn't think of talking video shots with my digicam too at those moments. Only took still pictures. What a waste :(