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Off The Beaten Track

Five Flower Lake, China

Journey deep into remote forests to glimpse a paint-box-bright lake

Deep in the heart of a primeval forest nestles one of the world’s most spectacular lakes: a jaw-dropping underwater landscape of glittering, paint-box-bright colors.

As recently as four decades ago, little was known about this mysterious, inaccessible region of 14,000ft snow-capped summits on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Even now it’s a 10-hour bus ride from Chengdu to reach the legendary, technicolored sight.

Hike through the vast, sprawling splendor of the remote Jiuzhaigou National Park to finally reach Five Flower Lake. It’s worth the journey: the clear, glittering turquoise waters are scattered with ancient tree trunks, and through your Ray-Ban Chromance lenses, see its shallow depths pop with vivid greens, yellows and reds.

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