In the wake of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which hit Sichuan’s scenic Jiuzhaigou County on Tuesday night, one of the China’s most majestic waterfalls has been reduced to nothing more than a pile of mud.
The famed Nuoriliang Waterfalls were once one of the star attractions inside the picturesque area in northwestern Sichuan province which captivated tourists from around the world. At 24.5 meters high and 270 meters wide, the waterfalls were commonly labeled as one of China’s most beautiful natural wonders.
Many a scene in the 1986 classic “Journey to the West” was also shot there.
However, it now seems unlikely that any director will want to use the waterfalls as a backdrop any time soon.
Photos have gone viral on Chinese social media showing how the quake has turned the once majestic waterfalls into an ugly hill of dirt and mud.
Again, here’s what the waterfalls used to look like:
Unfortunately, the Nuoriliang Waterfalls are not the only attraction in Jiuzhaigou that was devastated by Tuesday’s quake. Check out more before and after shots below:
With all the devastation, locals in Jiuzhaigou are worried that the quake may have dealt a fatal blow to the area’s tourism industry, which many rely on as a source of income. “There probably won’t be any more tourists the rest of the year,” one guesthouse owner told AFP. “It may take two or three years for things to get back to normal.”
[Images via The Cover / Sina]
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