In 2008, a Chinese photographer shared photos online of an unknown lake on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, and named it Nian Lake.
The natural beauty of the area amazed many people, and the lake slowly became better known. Like its neighbor Shangri-la, it is another mysterious place to be explored in southwest China.
Nian Lake is located in the black-necked crane nature reserve at the junction of Qujing and Zhaotong in Yunnan Province.
It has a unique view of the plateau with crystal-blue skies, red earth, hundreds of birds, and ancient villages.
Around the end or beginning of each year, a large number of black-necked cranes, and bald wild geese fly here to spend the winter.
Currently, there are only about 8,000 black-necked cranes in the whole world, and more than 95% live in China.