Located in Huanglong Village, Songpan County, this area consists of Huanglong canyon, Danyun Gorge, Xuebaoding, and some other scenic attractions. Huanglong canyon, named after the well-known Buddhist Huanglong Temple, is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, and is characterized by surface adarce, 3,000+ spectacular colorful pools, adarce floodland, waterfalls, and caves. Against a backdrop of snow peaks and luxuriant forests, the Huanglong canyon is reminiscent of a golden Chinese dragon weaving and winding out of the seemingly endless forests. Known and loved for its colorful pools, snow peaks, canyons, and forests, it is the only plateau wetland in China still in its natural state.
Huanglong Scenic Area at above 3,000m altitudeis one of the highest scenic areas in China. It is famous for its unique karst landscape and abundant animal and plant resources. The abundant vegetation landscapes varies in line with subtropical evergreen and deciduous broad-leaved forest, coniferous and broad leaf forest, subalpine coniferous forest and alpine bushes and meadows from Huanglong Valley at 2,000m altitude to the mountain top of 3,800m. More than 10 species of rare animals, including giant panda and snub-nosedmonkey, wander here, echoing with the unique karst landscape and rare animal and plant resources of Wanglong Scenic Area and creating an intact and natural beauty.
There are many Tibetan delights to sample, including qingke tsampa, cheese, beef and lamb, and vegetables; the preferred drinks of Tibetans include milk tea, buttered tea, yoghurt, and qingke and corn spirits. Tibetan hosts honor their guests by treating them to shouzhuarou (boiled lamb), which is typically eaten with the hands, and blood sausage.
Colorful Pond consists of 693 calcified colorful ponds at the upper end of Huanglong Scenic Area, 4,166m away from the Entrance. Here are green hills, towering snow peak (main peak of Minshan Mountain, 5,588m tall) and numerous colorful ponds in various sizes and shapes as if they were watercolor plates filled with bluish green, sea blue, light blue and other gorgeous colorful paints.
Hongxingyan Rock Scenic Area lies at the east of Zhangla Basin and west slope of Minshan Mountain at a relatively high altitude. Secluded and mysterious, it is characterized for the geomorphologic landscape with large amount of picturesque peaks and rocks and glacier-barrier lakes formed by Quaternary glaciation. Located at the Hongxing Lake (also "Red StarLake") of an asymmetrical five-pointed star shape at 4,300m altitude, the scenic area is quite, beautiful and surrounded by blooming flowers.
Shuimeiren Mountain (Sleeping Beauty) is a mountain landscape of Huanglong Scenic Area. When you look back from Color Lake or the back temple in Huanglong, a young lady is sleeping there surrounded by hills under the blue sky and white cloud quietly and comfortably; she wears Tibetan dress and adornment featuring absolutely lifelike head, bosom, belly and waist; she has remarkable temperament with nicer nose and smiling lips; she is like a fairy flying in the clouds and lies still in the immense forest.
It is a gradually ridgy adarce ridge from south to north mainly featuring grand adarce landscape, which is the best preserved classic karst landform of the grandest scale in the world and colorful formation. Thousands of adarce color lakes of Huanglong Valley are in different shapes featuring flowing light and color, the 2,500m adarce stream is the longest adarce stream in the world. Main scenic spots on the way are Ablution Cave, Golden Sand Beach, Bosai Pool, Huanglong Cave, Huanglong Temple, Stone Pagoda Lake, Colorful Pool and Flower Jade Pool, etc.
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Seercuozhai, Songpan County, Aba Prefecture, Sichuan
Take a bus from Ximen Bus Station in Chengdu to Songpan, and then hire a car to continue on to Jiuzhai Valley. Alternatively, take a flight to Jiuhuang and then a car to Jiuzhai Valley, which will take about 1½ hours.
Tibetan meals frequently include qingke tsampa, cheese, beef and lamb, and vegetables, and preferred drinks of Tibetans include milk tea, buttered tea, yoghurt, qingke spirit and corn spirit. As guest, your Tibetan hosts will treat you to shouzhuarou (boiled lamb), which is typically eaten with the hands, and blood sausage.