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“A good walk with lots to see”

Huanglong Scenic Valley
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3 Day Private Tour of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong by...
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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 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.

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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.

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Reviewed March 19, 2009

The first review gives a good overview of the site but, to my mind, overstates the effects of oxygen deprivation. We visited the park with a party with an average age of around 60. Three or four women elected not to even attempt to walk up, but most of the rest reached the top without any difficulty. Sure walking up hill at this altitude is something to do slowly unless you are in a hurry, but only Koreans need puffs of oxygen. My wife any I walked up in about an hour, and I hurried down in about 30 minutes. I am 65 and not a habitual walker. The walk is well worthwhile for the views of pools and waterfalls set against a backdrop of pine-clad mountains, but there's not enough to see to spend more than a couple of hours there.

If the weather is clear, the views of the Min Shan range are impressive on the journey, together with views of Xiu Baoding, China proper's highest peak. Don't get out to sightsee at the high pass (4,280 metres) unless you are well wrapped up - it;s windy and freezing!

1  Thank lacitadelle
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Reviewed October 26, 2008

We arrived at Huanglong Park and were surprised how few people were there. Our taxi driver Mr. Liu later told us that since the Szechuan Earthquake, business has been badly affected. Many businesses have closed down in the area. Some hotels and restaurants decided to just shut down for the rest of the year (or permanently). Volume wise there is one-tenth of tourists than normal years (this is actually peak season but we were pleasantly surprised by the absence of crowds). Before we got up to Huanglong Mr. Liu recommended us to take this Chinese herbal medicine called Hong Jing Tian, which prevents altitude sickness (it cost 120RMB at the pharmacy). He said that many people suffer from altitude sickness because of how high Huanglong is located, especially after a flight, I can’t thank him enough for that advice. The ride took around 1.5 hour from the airport to Huanglong.

We paid 280RMB for the entrance ticket and the cable car ride at the Huanglong Park. We were told at the ticket counter that the path from the cable car to the scenic spots were under renovation so we have to take the temporary paths. Immediately upon arriving at the top I felt light-headed due to the relative thinner air. It was around 9:30am and the air was chilly, definitely less than 5 degrees Celsius. Walking took more strength but at least we didn’t feel ill. The temporary paths were made by wood planks; it was one of the toughest walks I’ve ever done. It wasn’t steep or rugged, just extremely slippery because of half melting ice. Luckily there were ropes along the way and we used the rope to support us through the walk. I almost gave up half way. But we just bit our lips and went through with it. I am confident that once the renovation work is completed it would be an amazing walk through the woods.

As we arrived we were greeted by the amazing view of the rock formations, the colored pools and streams. Despite the lack of sunlight the colors were still amazingly beautiful, including different shades of peacock green, turquoise and blue.

I’m glad we took the cable ride up despite the slippery journey or else it would have been a very tough journey hiking up the hill. Most tourists who attempted to hike up to the top gave up halfway. It is a lot easier to ride the cable car up, and then walk down, the combination of fighting high altitude and walking long distances could be exhausting. We were both fit healthy people, but were still knackered when we reached the bottom. We also took many little breaks during the walk.

6  Thank ladytokiwa
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