Mysterious iridescent Quanhua Beach in SW China

Quanhua beach in southwest China's Sichuan Province may not be as well known as Jiuzhaigou, but it definitely deserves a visit. In Chinese, "quanhua" means sinter or tufa. The beach gets the name because it is a calc-sinter landform similar to Jiuzhaigou. 

When the spring water gushes out from the underground, the carbon dioxide dissolved in the water will turn into a calcium carbonate deposit, forming the landform we see today. The thriving algae in these scattered ponds add more color to this place. 

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(All images provided by Chen Lihan)

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