Sam's Exotic Travel Photos of Huang Long Valley - China's Mountain Fairyland
Huang Long Valley, which translates to Yellow Dragon Valley in English, is one of China's "World Cultural and Natural Heritage" sites. This incredible valley undulates through the southern part of the Minshan mountain range of Northeast Sichuan Province, 155 miles away from Chengdu. The mountain valley covers an area of about 700 square kilometers (270 square miles).
Huang Long is noted for its colored terrace ponds, due to heavy lime deposits, that follow the hiking paths up from the valley floor. These multi-colored pools of water, which remind me of huge lily pads, are in eight groups stretching up the mountain side. The last group, known as the Five-Color Ponds, are located beyond the last temple building, in the foothills of snow-covered Mt. Minshan. Due to varied depth of the ponds and all kinds of mineral pigments and deposits on the bottom, the water reflects a variety of charming colors.
Getting there, however, is half the fun, as the mountain roads from both the regional airport, that also services Juizhaigou, some 50 kilometers to the south, and to the Huang Long Valley, winds like a corkscrew up and down the sides of the surrounding mountains, affording great views of the countryside and mountain life.
Great weather makes for good pictures. Albums include the following:
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This site was last updated 08/14/06