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Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is famous for its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest. There are two names of it: the 'World Wonder' and 'Fairy Land on Earth'. In 1992, it was included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Situated in Songpan County, in the northwest part of Sichuan Province and encompasses the Huanglong and Muni Valley, Huanglong's major scenery is concentrated in the 3.6-kilometer (2.2 miles) long Huanglong Valley, snow-clad peaks and the easternmost glaciers included in China. Because its layered calcium carbonated deposit patterns, the valley resembles a golden dragon winding its way through the virgin forest, stone mountains and glaciers. You will appreciate numerous colorful ponds of different sizes and shapes, which are strewn with gold colored limestone deposit giving a shimmering golden hue to water on the way to valley. The reason why it was named 'Huanglong Valley' is that you can see a golden dragon seems to surge forth from the forest in sunlight.

The most famous attraction in Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is its outstanding travertine (calcium carbonate) formations. You can appreciate the beautiful scenery: virgin forest as its backdrop, the travertine scenery holds colorful ponds, beaches, lakes, springs, waterfalls, caves, etc. With no doubt, the travertine formations scenery is No. 1 in China.

When you enter the scenic area, your eyes will be caught by a group of exquisite, crystal clear ponds, which are the Yingbin (welcoming guests) Colored Ponds in fact. You can enjoy the luxuriant trees, blooming flowers, butterflies and birdsong here in spring. What’s more, you can see the interwoven reflection of trees, mountains, clouds and sky, which is a veritable feast to the eyes. There are many attractions in the valley, including Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Cave, Shitazhenhai and Zhuanhua (whirling flower) Pond, Feipuliuhui (glowing waterfall), Xishen (washing body) Cave, Penjing (miniascape) Ponds, Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Temple. In the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Cave, you can see three sitting Buddha figures whose bodies are encrusted with calc-sinter crystals. The most beautiful attraction in Huanglong is Shitazhenhai. The water of Shitazhenhai is really breath-taking for its different hues. Zhuanhua Pond is crystal clear and the spring water welling up continuous.
You can’t describe the beauty of Huanglong in mere words. You need see it in person to truly appreciate this 'Fairy Land on Earth'.

Consisted of Erdao Lake and Zhaga Waterfall, the Muni Valley holds the primary
area of virgin forest in Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area. Situated in the northern part of Muni Valley, Erdao Lake is the largest in the area and around the lake are many underground limestone caves which connect Erdao Lake with other lakes in the area. The most interesting part is that the color of Erdao Lake varies with the seasons, harmoniously complementing the lake with its surrounding of colored limestone. You will become tranquil and calm when standing by the lake. There is Swan Lake, Baihua Lake in the Erdao Lake. In addition to the Baihua Lake, there is a mysterious cave which embraces wonderful and magnificent naturally-formed stalactites.

The long of Zhaga Waterfall scenic spot is about 5 kilometers (3 miles). Look! Water flows around trees and trees grow in water and this scenic spot boasts many attractions. There is a round-shaped stone onto which the waterfall cascades at the bottom of Zhaga Waterfall. In the sunlight, you will see the jade exhibiting wonderful in the spattering water. Except for beautiful natural scenery, you can come to Guhuashi, the place where a number of prehistoric, fossilized animals, plants and fish are well preserved and remain intact. As one of the ten most famous springs in China because of its water's medicinal value, and many have recovered from stomach sickness and arthritis after drinking or bathing in its water. The local population considers Feicui spring divine and don’t allows anybody to cause damage. It is the most precious treasure.

In addition to its magical landscape of limestone formations, the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is also famous for its forest ecosystems and animals on the brink of extinction, such as the giant panda and Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey.

 

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area Notes

Opening Hours: 09:10 to 16:40

Recommended Time for a Visit: One day

Admission Fee: CNY 200 in peak season (April 1 - November 15)
CNY 60 in low season (November 16 - March 31)

 

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area Remark

The average temperature is around 7C all the year round. It is misty in the morning and evening and rainy from May to August.

Transportation
There are many routes for you to choose from, including
Chengdu-Guangyuan-Zhaohua-Wenxian-Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong
Chengdu-Guangyuan-Zhaohua-Wenxian-Jiuzhaigou-Muni Valley.
Chengdu-Mianyang-Jiangyou-Pingwu-Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong
Chengdu-Dujiangyan-Wenchuan-Maoxian-Songpan-Huanglong