Special treatment at Jiuzhaigou National Park

I was searching for a bus to the northernmost part of the Zechawa Valley, which features Long Lake (Cháng Hǎi), the highest, largest, and deepest lake in Jiuzhaigou. Long Lake is five miles long, and more than 300 feet deep. It receives its water from snowmelt, and with no outgoing waterways, it loses water via natural seepage. It is said that a monster lives in Long Lake.

I asked a Chinese soldier, using my broken Chinese, if he knew where I could find the appropriate bus, Instead of pointing me in the correct direction, he escorted me, along with a Chinese girl who had taken a liking to me, and her family, to the correct bus, skipping us to the head of the line and also getting us our own bus to the top of the mountain. I then spent the better part of the next few hours with the soldier, this girl, and her family. I think the soldier and girl may also have been family. We ate Chinese candy, and hiked down the Zechawa Valley.

Chinese soldier and little girl; two of the many friendly people I have met in China.