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Huanglong 黄龙 Travel Guide

Huanglong Overview

Huanglong is loosely translated as “Yellow Dragon” and in this case refers to the tail of a dragon slithering down a mountainside – a depiction of all the colours you can see in the numerous streams, waterfalls and pools which cover this mountainside. It is not the easiest or cheapest of places to visit being far from just about everywhere but is a unique natural site and worth adding on to any trip focused on Sichuan province.

Best Months to Visit Huanglong

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Best Reason to Visit Huanglong

Huanglong is a unique place and the pools and waterfalls are unlike any you are likely to have seen elsewhere.

Top Attractions in Huanglong

From the park entrance, which is as far as vehicles can get, it is a 7.5km walk up to the furthest pools but these happen to be the most spectacular so it is best to head straight up there and then, as time allows, make a slow descent back to the park gates. At the furthest pools is a small temple in honour of the dragon the valley is named after. In July there is an annual temple fair held here which is interesting to see but does attract the crowds. It attracts large numbers of traders from the Qiang minority.

Weather Averages for Huanglong

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Our Top Huanglong Travel Tip

Well worth the time and expense to get here Huanglong should be considered as an add-on to any trip that also visits the provincial capital of Chengdu. Almost always booked in conjunction with Jiuzhaigou.

Hand Picked Huanglong Hotels

Rather than staying at Huanglong itself almost everyone stays in Jiuzhaigou with Huanglong visited as part of a day trip in the area.

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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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