Legend has it that, once upon a time, a philosopher presented a gift of the perfect mirror, one ground from wind and cloud, to his dear beloved in the spirit world, the goddess Wunosemo. Unfortunately a monster meddled as the gift was handed over and the goddess dropped the mirror into the human world. It broke and shattered into many pieces. Now these shards form the numerous lakes in Jiuzhaigou, one of China’s most startlingly beautiful nature parks. Clear, turquoise lakes and broad cascades fall within the folds of Jiuzhaigou’s pristine forest and you’ll be thankful the goddess dropped her gift for all of us to enjoy. A truly magical place.