Huanglong, Sichuan

For the mythological dragon, see Huang Long (Four Symbols).
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Natural
Criteria vii
Reference 638
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1992 (16th Session)
Location in Sichuan

Huanglong (simplified Chinese: 黄龙; traditional Chinese: 黃龍; pinyin: Huánglóng; literally: "yellow dragon") is a scenic and historic interest area in the northwest part of Sichuan, China. It is located in the southern part of the Minshan mountain range, 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northwest of the capital Chengdu.[1] This area is known for its colorful pools formed by calcite deposits, especially in Huanglonggou (Yellow Dragon Gully), as well as diverse forest ecosystems, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and hot springs. Huanglong is also home to many endangered species including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey.[1] Huanglong was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.


Due to thousands of years of geological evolution, Huanglong consists of numerous unique landscapes of geological landforms. Glacial revolution, terrane structure, stratum of carbonic acid rock, tufa water and climatic conditions such as Arctic-alpine sun light have created this world-famous travertine landscape. These accumulated travertine landscapes and pools are Huanglong's main attraction.

Huanglong covers an area of 1830 km2 at an altitude between 1700m and 5588m. Major scenic areas include:

Huanglong Valley

The total length of the travertine in Huanglong Valley is 3.6 km and it is thought to look like a huge golden dragon wheeling through the snow-capped mountains of the valley. The main landscapes are travertine banks, colorful ponds and travertine waterfalls and caves. The main body of water starts from the ancient Buddhist/Benbo temple at the top of the valley and ends at the Guests Welcome Pond in the north with a length of 2.5 km and a width of 30–170m. The colours of Huanglong’s waters consist of yellows, greens, blues and browns.

Map of Huanglong Valley Scenic Spots
Scenic spots in Huanglong Valley Sea level Remarks
1 Guests Welcome Pond 迎宾池 3230m 350 pools
2 Marvelous Flying Waterfall 飛瀑流輝 3245m 14m tall 68m wide
3 Lianyan Pond 瀲灩湖 3251m 2000sq.m
4 Flying Waterfall on Lotus Platform 蓮台飛瀑 3260m 45m tall 19m wide
5 Washing Cave 洗身洞 3280m 10m tall 40m wide
6 Golden Sand Pavement 金沙鋪地 3305m 1300m long
7 Seven Mile Golden Sand 七里金沙 3400m
8 Bonsai Pond 盆景池 3320m 330 pools
9 Mirror Pond 明鏡倒映池 3400m 180 pools
10 Azalea Pond 娑蘿映彩池 3415m 400 pools
11 Flamboyant Pond 爭豔池 3414m 658 pools
12 Huanglong Middle Temple 黃龍中寺 3470m
13 Huanglong Ancient Temple 黃龍古寺 3568m
14 Multi-Colored Pond 五彩池 3576m 693 pools

See also


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