A young boy in a cowboy hat looks out onto one of the many lakes that make up the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in northern Sichuan.
A young boy in a cowboy hat looks out onto one of the many lakes that make up the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in northern Sichuan.

A young boy runs across boardwalks in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.
A young boy runs across boardwalks in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Tourists exploring a waterfall in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.
Tourists exploring a waterfall in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Tourists dressing up in Tibetan dress in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.
Tourists dressing up in Tibetan dress in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

A Tibetan man adjusts prayer flags outside his home near the Jiuzhaigou National Park.
A Tibetan man adjusts prayer flags outside his home near the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

A Jiuzhaigou park warden points out a flower during one of the eco-tours aimed at promoting environmental education and sustainable tourist development.
A Jiuzhaigou park warden points out a flower during one of the eco-tours aimed at promoting environmental education and sustainable tourist development.

A wild strawberry. One of the many plant species found within the park. The southwest of China is a biodiversity hotspot and the Zharu valley of Jiuzhaigou contains 40 percent of China's total plant species.
A wild strawberry. One of the many plant species found within the park. The southwest of China is a biodiversity hotspot and the Zharu valley of Jiuzhaigou contains 40 percent of China’s total plant species.

A member of the park management overseas visitors entering the Jiuzhaigou park. At peak times, the park will welcome up to 10,000 people a day and 2 million each year.
A member of the park management overseas visitors entering the Jiuzhaigou park. At peak times, the park will welcome up to 10,000 people a day and 2 million each year.

A tourist walks across boardwalks in the Jiuzhaigou park.
A tourist walks across boardwalks in the Jiuzhaigou park.

A tourist walks through some of the temperate forest that make up most of the vegetation cover in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.
A tourist walks through some of the temperate forest that make up most of the vegetation cover in the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Park wardens during one of the eco-tours aimed at promoting environmental education and sustainable tourist development.
Park wardens during one of the eco-tours aimed at promoting environmental education and sustainable tourist development.

A man jumps into one of the many turquoise lakes that can be found in the Jiuzhaigou park.
A man jumps into one of the many turquoise lakes that can be found in the Jiuzhaigou park.

The turquoise lakes of the Jiuzhaigou park get their color from sediment run-off from the local mountains. The crystal clear water within the park is well protected and this small area is arguably the best protected collection of small bodies of water in the country .
The turquoise lakes of the Jiuzhaigou park get their color from sediment run-off from the local mountains. The crystal clear water within the park is well protected and this small area is arguably the best protected collection of small bodies of water in the country .

The relationship between the people of the region and the forests is a fragile one as the west of China continues rapid development trying to catch up with the progress of the east.
The relationship between the people of the region and the forests is a fragile one as the west of China continues rapid development trying to catch up with the progress of the east.

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