This is Black Dragon Pool, one of the most tranquil places in beautiful Lijiang, China.
It was built as a pleasure garden for the feudal ruler’s wives and on clear days you can see all the way across to the unconquered 6000m peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
The dragon of the name is the god of the waters. And even today grandparents bring their grandchildren to draw water, burn incense and leave prayer tokens at the springs where the god reveals his presence. The water, I’m told, makes fantastic tea.