Shuzheng Waterfall (树正瀑布 [Shùzhēng Pùbù])

Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province, China

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Shuzheng Waterfall

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INTRODUCTION

The Shuzheng Waterfall (树正瀑布 [Shùzhēng Pùbù]) may not have had the width and size of its more famous counterparts like Nuorilang Waterfall and Pearl Shoal Waterfall, but we thought it certainly had the grace and beauty that the others possessed. This one flowed on the Zechawa River which flowed from south to north in the park and was further downstream (north) of the Nuorilang Waterfall.

Julie and I were told that Shuzheng was actually derived from a Tibetan name. We were not quite sure what the meaning was about, but for sure it didn't have to do with being "a proper or upright tree" or something like that, which from my limited ability to read Chinese was how I interpreted the literal word-for-word translation.

We did this waterfall as part of an enjoyable one-way walk that started from the Tiger Lake stop and ended up near the Shuzheng Lake stop where right across the road was a Tibetan village full of shops and exhibits. That boardwalk skirted the Zechawa River as it meandered through thick foliage leaving behind travertine formations amongst the foliage. Within a few minutes of the walk, we were face-to-face with parts of the waterfall.

Looking up at the Shuzheng Waterfall Of the three major waterfalls we saw on our trip to Jiuzhaigou, we'd have to say this one was the easiest to photograph. That was because given its percolating characteristic with all the foliage checking the flow of the river, this waterfall was especially conducive to taking those long exposure photographs. However, setting up for such photographs was a different story.

That was because we had to contend with the crowds. The lesson learned from our visit was that instead of taking time setting up a tripod amidst a large group of impatient people itching to barge in and get their shots, we were better off using the railing to steady the camera and hold the breath. The crowds also further conspired to mess up long exposure photos because all that foot traffic resulted in the boardwalks constantly trembling. Thus, we had to exercise lots of patience in order to take a photo that wasn't so blurry.

Further downstream was what appeared to be the main part of the waterfall. There was even a small pillar that was popular with the tourists for having that "I was there" photograph. It was a long and pressure-filled queue to hastily get our photograph and leave. Not exactly peaceful, and it was an excruciatingly long wait when the mega tours were here hijacking that spot.

Continuing downstream of the falls, the river widened and formed ponds in the middle of forests with majestic mountains flanking them, ultimately feeding Shuzheng Lake. It was as if the scenery here wouldn't let us put the camera down because the hits just kept coming.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Attractive look at what seemed to be the main part of the Shuzheng WaterfallAttractive look at what seemed to be the main part of the Shuzheng Waterfall
This was the Tiger Lake, which was where we started the walk to descend alongside the Shuzheng WaterfallThis was the Tiger Lake, which was where we started the walk to descend alongside the Shuzheng Waterfall
The colorful Shuzheng Lakes just downstream of the Shuzheng WaterfallThe colorful Shuzheng Lakes just downstream of the Shuzheng Waterfall
I believe this was the Double Dragon Lake further downstream of the Shuzheng LakesI believe this was the Double Dragon Lake further downstream of the Shuzheng Lakes
Tiger LakeTiger Lake

Top down view of the Shuzheng WaterfallTop down view of the Shuzheng Waterfall

Some white wildflowers were in bloom at the Shuzheng WaterfallsSome white wildflowers were in bloom at the Shuzheng Waterfalls

Looking back towards the remainder of the Shuzheng WaterfallsLooking back at the remainder of the Shuzheng Waterfalls

Looking downstream from the end of the Shuzheng WaterfallLooking downstream from the end of the falls

Looking back towards the Shuzheng Waterfall backed by tall snowy mountainsLooking back towards the Shuzheng Waterfall backed by tall snowy mountains

Looking back up towards the Shuzheng Waterfall over the colorful waterLooking back up towards the falls over the colorful water

Looking across the colorful Zechawa River fronted by a calcified logLooking across the colorful Zechawa River fronted by a calcified log

Cascades next to a Tibetan millhouseCascades next to a Tibetan millhouse

Checking out more of the Tibetan millhouseChecking out more of the Tibetan millhouse

Frontal look at the entrance to the Tibetan Shuzheng VillageFrontal look at the entrance to the Tibetan Shuzheng Village

This was the colorful interior of one of the Tibetan residences in the Shuzheng VillageThis was the colorful interior of one of the Tibetan residences in the Shuzheng Village

Context of the Tibetan Village near Shuzheng LakeContext of the Tibetan Village near Shuzheng Lake

Shopping within the Tibetan VillageShopping within the Tibetan Village

About to leave the Shuzheng VillageAbout to leave the Shuzheng Village

After leaving the Shuzheng Village, we continued to check out the beautiful Shuzheng LakesAfter leaving the Shuzheng Village, we continued to check out the beautiful Shuzheng Lakes

Looking back upstream towards some minor cascades and rapids from the base of the Shuzheng LakesLooking back upstream towards some minor cascades and rapids from the base of the Shuzheng Lakes

Some people picnicking on the lawn fronting the Shuzheng VillageSome people picnicking on the lawn fronting the Shuzheng Village


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


The falls along with the walkway alongside it


Sweep in front of the falls showing a good portion of its width


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

As mentioned earlier, we took the mandatory shuttle north of the main tourist area by Nuorilang Waterfall to the stop by Tiger Lake (one stop north of the Rhinoceros Lake). At the end of our walk, the Shuzheng Lake and Village also has another shuttle stop.

The drive from the Jiuzhai Airport to the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve was probably between 90-120 minutes. However, we couldn't give exact directions since we were on an escorted tour. The village of Jiuzhaigou, which was right at the reserve entrance, was where we overnighted.

We arrived at the Jiuzhai Airport from Chengdu, which was 424km away (a 1-hour flight or 7.5-hour drive). Chengdu was a 2.5-hour flight from Hong Kong, 1,963km (21 hours drive or over 3 hours flight) west of Shanghai, and 1,818km (20 hours drive or over 3 hours flight) southwest of Beijing.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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