Monday, November 23, 2009

Huang Long

Lies over 3,000 m above sea level in Minshan Mountains the Huang Long Valley is one of China’s natural heritage sites. Huang Long Valley means Yellow Dragon Valley in English and covers an area of about 700 sq. km. The area includes colorful lakes, Snow Mountains, spectacular glaciers, limestone formations, waterfalls, hot springs valleys and virgin forest. Remarkable for its landscapes it was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992.

Huang Long is famous for its colored terrace ponds of different sizes and shapes that follow the hiking paths up from the valley floor. Due to varied depth of the ponds and all kinds of mineral pigments and deposits on the bottom, the water reflects a variety of charming colors. The golden and greenish minerals give magical colors to the water. The valley has also waterfalls, stalactite caves and 3 ancient temples at its higher sections. With so many wonderful views gathered in one place, Huang Long is not only the treasure of China, but also the treasure of the world.

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