Huanglong National Park reputed as “the fairyland on earth",is around 120km far from Jiuzhaigou,and it will spend 2-3 hours from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong.The highest elevation of Huanglong National Park is about 1,000 meters higher than Jiuzhaigou.
Legend has it, that about 4000 years ago, a yellow dragon helped Xiayu, the king of Xia dynasty (21st -16th century B.C.), channel the floodwater into the sea, hence making the Minjiang River. Due to the calcium carbonate mineral deposit patterns and the gold hue of the water the river looks just like the tail of a Yellow Dragon. In later years a temple was built in honor of the yellow dragon and the valley was given its name. The river carves out the scenery for the limestone valley, which is over 4 miles long and as wide as 300 meters, covering an area of an impressive 270 square miles.
Huanglong wins its fame for its magic landscape of lime formations, made up of 3400 multi-colored and uniquely sized ponds, interlace along the valley.Among the ponds,the last group,the Five-Color Ponds are the best of all, which perch atop the highest part of the valley, at the back of the rear temple. Amid it stand a pair of stone towers, stone houses with up-curved roofs, which have been there since Ming dynasty.
Now,let's enjoy the beautiful view of Huanglong in October,the white world-the forest and stunning colorful water ponds shining in the sun.