Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is a sanctuary to rare plants and animals with sapphire and emerald tinted waters. Here millions of visitors discover China’s answer to Yellowstone National Park.
Photographer Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his photographic area of specialty. While not traveling, Michael Yamashita lives with his family in rural New Jersey, where he maintains a studio and is an active volunteer fireman. These images are from his series, Mystic Waters, Jiuzhaigou.