Jiuzhaigou National Park: Panda Lake; Sichuan province, China

Panda Lake (熊猫海) is a luminous blue-green color lake, with a depth of more than 40 feet, that empties into a series of cascading waterfalls, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Jiuzhaigou, dropping about 250 feet. Panda Lake is near Arrow Bamboo Lake, and both are in the Rize Valley of Jiuzhaigou. Panda Lake gets its name because it is said to have once been home to giant pandas, but no pandas have been seen there for many years, and given the amount of foot traffic through Jiuzhaigou, it’s incredibly unlikely that there are any hiding in the bushes.

Panda Lake; Jiuzhaigou, China.

Panda Lake; Jiuzhaigou, China.