Sichuan Attraction

Huang Long Nature Reserve

Huang Long | 黄龙

Huang Long, the National GEO park, being inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992. It covers an area of about 700 square kilometers.


3,200 – 3,500 meters above sea level


China National Reserve
World Nature Heritage

Huang Long 黄龙风景区 is a scenic and historic interest area in the east edge of Tibetan plateau, and northwest of Sichuan province. It is located in the southern part of the Minshan mountain range, 150 kilometers north-northwest of the capital Chengdu with 3000 m elevation in Song-Pan County. This Geological park has marvelous travertine rim-stone pools, flow-stones, and springs. It was denominated a special scenic spot of China in 1982 by Sichuan provincial government and as inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992. It covers an area of about 700 square kilometers. It has two parts: Huang Long and Muni Gou. Huang Long includes Huang Long Valley, Dan-yun Gorge, Snow Treasure Peak, while Mu-ni Gou comprises two scenic spots: the Zha-ga Waterfall and the Er-dao Lake.

In Huang Long scenic spot, cold water courses down the valley, cascading over abrupt cliffs and washing in sheets over wide expanses of botryoidal (lumpy) golden brown travertine. Algae and bacteria growing the pools color them green and blue. According to tradition, bathing in the “Xi-shen-Pu-bu” (Chinese pinyin, means “Body Washing Waterfall”) cured infertility. Carbon and oxygen isotopic data to show that the springs are not fed by shallow groundwater in the glacial material that fills the valley. Instead, the water originates in the surrounding mountains and percolates through fractured Pennsylvanian carbonates, where it reacts with the bedrock to become charged with calcium ions (Ca++), bicarbonate (HCO3-) and carbon dioxide (CO2), before emerging at springs in the valley floors. Travertine deposition occurs when agitation, pressure release, increased temperature, or organic activity lowers the CO2 content of the water. Decreasing the CO2 content reduces the solubility of the dissolved solids and causes travertine, which is principally calcite (CaCO3), to precipitate. A positive feedback loop forms at sites of agitation, such as waterfalls, and causes them to increase in height. It is likely that the location of these waterfalls has been controlled by the initial topography of the valley, perhaps forming over now-buried glacial moraines


Huanglong Official Website:

Address & Contact

Add : Ping Song Road, Songpan Xian | 松潘县,平松路
Phone : +86 837 724-9188

Enter Time

Morning from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm
Afternoon from 13:00 pm to 17:00 pm

Season defination

High Travel Season: from April 1st to November 15th
Low Travel Season: from November 16th to the next March 31st

Entrance fee

High Season : RMB 200.00 per person
Low Season : RMB 60.00 per person

Cable-Way ticket

Upside: RMB 80.00 per person
Downside: RMB 40.00 per person

Jiuzhai Airport Facts

Web :
Add : 50 kilometers from Huang Long Scenic Area
Contact : +86 837 724-3770
Altitude: 3,448 meters above sea level

How to Get There

By Airport Bus

From Jiuzhai Airport: There is shuttle buses between Jiuzhai Airport – Huang long Scenic Area and Jiuzhaigou. The shuttle bus will stop at Huang long for about 4 hours that tourists can use to visit Huang Long Scenic Area;

Be advised: The Airport shuttle bus is privately operated. There is no fixed departure time, it departs when the vehicle is fully occupied which sometimes it takes a long time. It also stops to operation at night according to the traffic control, and the shuttle may temporarily stops in low travel season

From Songpan

From Songpan County and Chuan-zhu-si Town: There are three buses leaving Songpan at 06:00 am, 07:00 am and 14:00 pm, (departure schedule could be vary indifferent month), passing through Huang Long; the rate is RMB 30.00 per person

From Jiushai valley
by bus

Deaprture from Jiuzhaigou valley, there are two buses departing to Huanglong at 06:30 am, and 07:00 am, with rate of RMB 38.00 per person

From Jiushai Airport
by Taxi

It usually costs RMB 400.00 – 500.00 per vehicle for one day rental, route is from Jiuhuang airport – Huanglong / Munigou – Jiuzhai valley entrance;

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