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“Another beautiful National Park with less tourists than JZG”

Huanglong Scenic Valley
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Private 4-Day Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National...
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Owner description: Valley of Huang Long, meaning "Yellow Dragon", has snow mountains, a large cave, Huanglong colorful lakes, as well as endangered animals, including the giant panda.
Reviewed August 2, 2011

Our hotel (Sheraton Jiuzhaigou) organized a taxi to take us to Huanglong and then onto the airport (500RMB). As the driver didn’t speak English, we ensured that the price was agreed before we left the hotel. We left the hotel at 8.30 and our flight was at 17.50. This really wasn’t enough time. The road between JZG and Huanglong is good but it is windy and single carriageway each way. If there is a lot of traffic it could be slow going. The scenery along the way is very nice, with the villages and towns probably worthy of stopping to see (not enough time for us unfortunately). The driver tried the “no oxygen in Huanglong” scam before we crossed the 4000m pass but I pretended not to understand him (he didn’t push it too hard). Crossing the Xuebaoding Pass was great – there was a sea of clouds beneath us. We stopped at the lookout at the top to take some photos and buy some jewelry from a Tibetan vendor. We could also see snow capped Xuebaoding Mountain – a great panorama.

The entrance to Huanglong is at the base of the pass. Due to our tight schedule, the driver advised us to take the cable car (different entrance to the normal park). This was good advice. Entrance to the park is 200RMB adults and 150RMB for kids below 1.4m. The cable car is now 90RMB. It’s still money well spent. We had 3.5 hours to cover the park. Note that if you are going to take the cable car, you really need to commit to walking down as once you start there is no going back (unless you want to climb loads of stairs back to the cable car). After getting off the cable car there is a 2.5km walk through some woods to a viewing platform which overlooks the park. From here, you still won't be able to see much of the pools that the park is famous for.

Due to the lack of time, we didn’t visit the upper sections of the park with the temple (probably one of the best bits but I always like to leave something to come back to) but walked down through the park. The park was a lot quieter than JZG and is very different but still extremely beautiful. There are toilets and food stalls (also selling oxygen) located throughout the park. The signposts are not as good as JZG but each sight has a multilingual information post giving you details about the sight and distances to the adjacent sights. Some of the terraced pools were dry, and the area around the middle temple was closed off (both sides of the path). We exited the park at about 2.30 and had some noodles from the visitor centre. The park was busier in the lower reaches with many people walking up.

None of our party had any problems with altitude whilst we were at the park and we only saw one person using oxygen whilst we there. We had taken Tibetan Herbal medicine since before leaving Chengdu (bought in Chengdu pharmacy for 28RMB per box of 24) and these seemed to work well.) and we'd also been in Jiuzhaigou for 4 nights before visiting Huanglong so we were probably quite well acclimatised. One more thing to note is that Huanglong has little shade so make sure you bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Definitely worth visiting, but I would allow about 5 hours to see the park even if you are taking the cable car. This would allow you to visit the upper sections of the park and have a leisurely walk down through the park. Final tip, if you suffer from travel sickness, bring medication as the roads from Jiuzhaigou and the airport are very windy mountain roads (well surfaced though).

10  Thank HKDave
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

Beautiful but tiring if not using the cable car, if you follow guided tour, please convince the tour guide to give you more time. If tour guide advise you to walk up slowly and only give you two hours, it will be very tiring.

Use cable car to reach the mid hill, more beautiful scenery at the top of this tourist spot then those assessible on foot. use comfortable walking shoes and make sure your health conditions warrant to walk up and down hundred of steps . spring and autumn is ideal season to visit Huanglong.

5  Thank sparrow61
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

Visited Oct 2010. Allow 2.5 hours to get there by car if travelling from Sheraton Jiuzhagou. The road has been completely relaid and is in superb condition. Excellent route through the mountains. On arrival take the cable car to the top and dress in layers. The walkway is wooden, well designed and constructed. Allow 5 hours for a thorough tour and take a packed lunch (order from hotel). When walking at altitude to the top pool, take your time. Entrance cost approx 200 rmb. Lots of clean toilets - western 'portaloos' - but you need to take your own tissue paper. Night before our arrival, it snowed but our day was bright and sunny with the snow capped mountains in the background. Make certain your camera battery is charged with a spare memory card. Take a polorizer if you have one. We certainly enjoyed our visit.

6  Thank bbarker20
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Reviewed June 10, 2010

went from Juizhigou up to Huanglong(coloured pools) middle of May, roads were shocking and hardly any water in the pools, certainly not worth the effort, so disappointing. maybe different time of year would be better, but then what condition the road

2  Thank fayegirl
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

One must prepare well enough to find out the source of the river. The starting point is around 3200m above sea level and the end is around 3800m above. It may spends over 3 hours to go to the top and return to the base.

There are numerous sights along the river. I couldn't go to the top to see the "Five color pond" and a temple because of the foggy weather. "Five color pond" is the best sights over there.

3  Thank dhhtravel
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