Located 125km away from Jiuzhaigou itself, Huanglong or Yellow Dragon is a smaller, but no less scenic national park located towards the Songpan Plateau. Because of the unique rock formations made through calcification, the Huanglong Valley has developed some amazing formations and rock pools. The Yellow Dragon moniker comes from the calcified rock looking like a yellow Chinese dragon wandering through the valley.
It’s a super small park – you can traverse the entire area in four hours. Due to a computer crash, the ticket sellers lost the ability to sell tickets for 40 minutes in the morning, resulting in chaos and lots of yelling. I’m not sure how I would have navigated the ticket office if I didn’t speak Chinese. It was a giant rugby scrum and mess. I took the cable car to the top, walked around the Five Colored Pool and then back down to the bottom.
The Drive Over:
Beautiful Trees and greenery
Snowy Mountains in the distance
Multi Color Pool
Sky, Pool, Mountains
The Yellow Dragon calcium deposit
Trees in Water
Looking up the valley
Huanglong is definitely worth a visit when you’re in the area. I got there by renting a cab for the entire day – normal price is 400 RMB, but since it was a holiday the price DOUBLED. You can also take the bus which leaves the Jiuzhaigou bus station at 7am and returns from Huanglong at 3pm – I believe it’s 40RMB round trip. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong. I highly recommend taking the cable car up and then having your driver or pick-up meet you at the walking entrance. It’s not a great place to walk up into the park.