Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou (or Jiuzhai Valley, as it is sometimes referred to in English) is Sichuan's star attraction - a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists gaze in awe at the emerald pools, picturesque waterfalls, and verdant forests.

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Shengsi Island: Weekend Getaway from Shanghai

Around the middle of May, about halfway into my study abroad program in Shanghai, I started feeling homesick for the sun, sand, and ocean waves of the California coastline. An online search yielded no results for beaches within Shanghai, so I settled on a weekend getaway to the nearby Shengsi Islands.