Huanglong National park(huang Long,Sichuan)is famous for its colorful lakes,snow-topped mountains,beautiful valleys and virgin forests.The area, declared a World Heritage Site in 1992 by UNESCO, has been called a “World Wonder” and “Fairy Land on Earth.“
Situated in the north-west of Sichaun Province, the Huanglong valley is made up of snow-capped peaks and the easternmost of all the Chinese glaciers. In addition to its mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems can be found, as well as spectacular limestone formations, waterfalls and hot springs. The area also has a population of endangered animals, including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey.
Huang long, which means ‘Yellow Dragon’, got its name for its special geographical features. Seen from a distance, Huanglong’s numerous travertine formations look like an enormous, golden dragon arching across the valley, winding its way between the snowy mountain peaks.
One of Huanglong’s most defining features, travertine is a type of limestone deposited by mineral springs, formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate. Over time, the water in Huanglong has become separated by walls of this deposit, and it birthed the thousands of mineral ponds and lakes that cover much of the park. Even the waterfalls cascade over thick layers of the golden limestone.
Some famous features in Huanglong include the Five Color Ponds, Mirror Ponds, Welcoming Guests Ponds, the Marvelous Flying Waterfall (Feipu Liuhui), ‘Washing Body Cave’, the Bonsai Ponds (Penjing Chi), Huanglong Temple, Huanglong Cave, and Whirling Flower Pond (Zhuanhua Chi).
There is saying that people who came from Jiuhaigou and Huanglong have no need to appreciate the beauty of water in other places. It’s difficult to describe the unbelievable beauty of Huanglong to someone who has not seen it.
Huang Long Weather
The highest temperatures in Huanglong are in July and August, reaching an average maximum of 16 °C (61 °F). The lowest daytime temperatures in December through February reach an average maximum of 1 °C (34 °F).
Aba Prefecture has mountainous land formations, which give it changeable weather. Be prepared for sudden drops in temperature if the wind and rain clouds roll in.
The weather in winter is cold and long, and it’s cool and moist in the summer. It is misty in the morning and evening, and the rainy season is from May to August. The climate changes and cools vertically. In the high hills, it’s moist and chilly. In the valleys, it’s drier and cool.
Huang long Valley Location & Transportation
1.Where is the Huanglong Valley located
Huanglong Valley is located in northwestern Sichuan Province, by the side of Pingsong Road, Songpan County, Aba Autonomous Region. It is about 377km’s driving from Chengdu, 127km from Jiuzhaigou Valley and 43km from Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport.
2.How to transfer to Huanglong National Park
Travelers can get to Jiuzhaigou by flight from Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guanzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Nanjing, Changsha, Kunming, Zhangjiajie, and Mianyang. Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou is the busiest line with usually 6 flights each day. Chongqing is also a popular gateway hub to Jiuzhaigou with about 2 flights each day. Other cities can’t guarantee daily or frequent flights to Jiuzhaigou.
The shortest driving route is 377km from Chengdu, via Dujiangyan, Wenchuan, Maoxian, Songpan, to Huanglong. Road is well paved with good traffic condition. Some travelers drive from far northern Lanzhou to Huanglong with the whole distance of 650km.
Travelers can also take bus from Cha Dianzi Bus Station or Xin Nanmen Bus Station to Songpan or Chuan Zhusi, then transfer to Huanglong. The bus journey usually takes about 7~8 hours.