Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area :: Travel Tips

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Tourist Information

The Aba Autonomous region gives high priority to tourism, most of which is domestic with only a few foreign visitors owing to its remoteness. The access road to Chengdu is being upgraded and this has reduced coach travel time from 12 to ten hours. In spite of the distance, tourist numbers visiting Huanglonggou have increased dramatically, from 50,000 in 1989, 70,000 in 1990 and 260,000 in 1998 to 823,254 in 2001.

In recent years several hotels were constructed in Songpan and Chuanzhousi, 42 km west of Huanglong. In the Huanglong resenre two hotels within the administrative area in the Fujiang valley offer tourist accommodation. Most visitors come in coach tours which last up to a week and also include a visit to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area (Thorsell & Lucas, in |it.,1992).

From November to March during the snowy winters the Huanglonggou is closed to mass tourism. In the valley a loop trail with wooden planks and gravelled paths allows visitors to climb the 500 meters between the entrance and the Huanglong temple without harming the still pristine environment. In total 10 km of trails and plank ways have been built in the valley for tourists, along with facilities such as an information centre, wooden pavilions, dry toilets and litter bins (HAB in #01,2002).

Get in

Buses leave regularly from Chengdu so that will be your best bet.

A bus leaves Jiuzhaigou Bus station at 7:00 (takes 3-4 hours, 40Rmb) The same bus returns to Jiuzhaigou at 15:00, and is the only public way to go out.

Fees/Permits

Y200 per person( 1st of Apr. – 15th of Nov.), Y60 per person( 16th of Nov. – 31st of March). The price does not include a ticket for the cable car, which must be bought separately and costs 80 RMB for a one way trip either up or down; most people use it to go up, but if you then decide to go down on the cable car it will cost a further 40 RMB. Discounted tickets at 150 RMB are available for students with ID and seniors over 60 years of age with proof of age. Discount for student during the high season was Y50.

Get around

There is a moderately steep (average 10% incline) 4.2 km wooden boardwalk up the valley from the entrance to the colourful limestone pools and temple at the apex of the path. Some alternative trails are available for the return walk down the valley. This round trip generally takes around 4 hours. During the peak season (april-nov) a cable car operates which takes visitors from near the entrance up to a high elevation equal to the highest points of the path. This then leaves a flat walk along the side of valley for several kilometres where it joins the main walking trails at the apex of limestone pools and temple. One can then walk down the boardwalk instead of taking the cable car back, and enjoy the forest, limestone formation and waterfall views on the way back to the entrance

See

The mineral pools and lakes are very fascinating as they are very colorful and pretty. Some small waterfalls that are almost horizontal. There is also a temple on the top of the mountain so check that out.

Do

Take pictures! The sceneries are beautiful and photographers will enjoy it. There is a temple on the top of the mountain so you can go and check that out. Most of the time just take time climb the mountain and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Buy

There is not much to buy except food and water.

Eat

There is small shops along the mountain paths and on top of the mountain. The food and the water are expensive so be sure to bring some of your own.

Drink

Bring your own drink as the price of water and beverages increase dramatically as you ascend.

Lodging

Huanglong is intended to be climbed up and down in a single day so there is no lodging on the mountain.

Camping

Camping is not allowed.