Huanglong

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Huanglong  is a scenic and historic interest area in the northwest part of Sichuan, China. It is located in the southern part of the Minshan mountain range, 370 kilometres (230 mi) north-northwest of the capital Chengdu. This area is known for its colorful pools formed by calcite deposits, especially in Huanglonggou (Yellow Dragon Gully), as well as diverse forest ecosystems, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and hot springs. Huanglong is also home to many endangered species including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey. Huanglong was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.

Attractions : Due to thousands of years of geological evolution, Huanglong consists of numerous unique landscapes of geological landforms. Glacial revolution, terrane structure, stratum of carbonic acid rock, tufa water and climatic conditions such as Arctic-alpine sun light have created this world-famous travertine landscape. These accumulated travertine landscapes and pools are Huanglong’s main attraction.

Huanglong covers an area of 700 km2 at an altitude between 1700m and 5588m. Major scenic areas include: Huanglong Valley , Danyun Gorge (Red Cloud Gorge)   , Muni Valley
Xuebaoding (Snow Mountain Peak)  – 5588m ,  Xueshan Ridge (Snow Mountain Ridge) – 4007m, the highest point on the road from Jiuhuang Airport to Huanglong Valley.Red Star Rock , Sigou (Fourth Gully) ,

Huanglong Valley
The total length of the travertine in Huanglong Valley is 3.6 km and it is thought to look like a huge golden dragon wheeling through the snow-capped mountains of the valley. The main landscapes are travertine banks, colorful ponds and travertine waterfalls and caves. The main body of water starts from the ancient Buddhist/Benbo temple at the top of the valley and ends at the Guests Welcome Pond in the north with a length of 2.5 km and a width of 30–170m. The colours of Huanglong’s waters consist of yellows, greens, blues and browns

Access :  Coordinates: 32.740756, 103.831077  / Location:  Huanglong Scenic Area is located in Songpan County, Ngawa (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, northwest Sichuan Province . The area is 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Chengdu, and 144 km (89 mi) by road south from Jiuzhaigou. A shuttle bus runs from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong and back during certain times of day.Other buses run from Huanglong Airport and Chengdu. there are many routes for you to choose from,  Chengdu-Mianyang-Jiangyou-Pingwu-Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong – Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Wenchuan-Maoxian-Songpan-Huanglong – Chengdu-Guangyuan-Zhaohua-Wenxian-Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong
Chengdu-Guangyuan-Zhaohua-Wenxian-Jiuzhaigou-Muni Valley.

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