park is absolutely worth a rating.
The spectacular travertine, rimstone pools are unique.
The forest is better protected than nearby Jiuzhaigou
The 5588 m snow-crowned Xuebaoding, the summit of
Minshan Range, emerges at the background during fine
Huanglong was inscribed
World Heritage Sites in
1992. See a detailed report from WCMC (World
Conservation Monitoring Canter): detailed
Altitude, Physical feature, Vegetation, Climate and so
“The most important
feature of the site are the outstanding karst formations, the
most notable being the travertine falls and limestone shoals
in Huanglong, a valley set between high hills and snowy
mountains in a protected environment.” --
Praise from WCMC.
> Be careful with
high altitude and cool temperature.
At the entrance of the park, the altitude is at 3160 m,
the ascent is around 300m.
> Walk up slowly.
Travel agency would advise Chinese tourists to rent oxygen
> Don't forget your umbrella.
Lot of rain
falls between May and September in the
direct bus link.
>> Submerged by Chinese
follow one plank path up while enjoying the surprisingly
beautiful landscape, and go down with another path of stone
steps hidden in the forest. Worth a
trip despite of the crowd.
Getting there and
Huanglong is 56 KM from Songpan. An ideal
way is to share a minibus with other individual travelers to
do this trip. Alternatively you can take a bus heading for
Pingwu from Songpan in the morning. But don't count on the
public buses in Huanglong to return to Songpan as nobody knows
exactly when they pass by.
Jiuzhaigou --> Huanglong --> Songpan
connection by public bus. The best way to go to Huanglong is
to rent a minibus (for 6 persons) from Jiuzhaigou, which costs
around RMB 200 - RMB 280 depending on your negotiation skills.
The driver would like to wait for you in Huanglong when you
visit the park and send you to Songpan in the evening if you
pay another RMB 100 to RMB 150. Luggage:It's possible to leave your
luggage in the park's administration office if you give the
staff a nice friendly smile.
We managed to find two
couples to share the minibus. Normally it should not be a
problem as most of individual travelers in Jiuzhaigou would
like to visit Huanglong.
Jiuzhaigou airport has bus running between Jiuzhaigou and
Huanglong. See Jiuzhaigou
|Where to stay:|
In the park: Lodging is not possible.
Outside the park:
only midrange hotels, no budget lodges. Group tourists stay in
Chuanzhusi, a boring town built for
The best solution is to overnight in
Songpan. It's easier for you
to leave for various destinations: Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Zoige
in the next morning.
Sun Grand Hotel (Taiyang Dajiudian) has doubles for RMB 80,
clean with hot water after 20:00. Rooms of RMB240 have 24-hour
hot water, and are newly renovated. Always negotiate the
the park:no restaurant, neither shops for
Outside the park: various expensive restaurants, most of them
reserved for group tourists