Huanglong Travertine Pools in China

At about 10,000 ft. above sea level in Huanglong, China where the view is Alpine, we have breathtaking views of these pools.

They are literally breathtaking,  as at this level, we were short of breath (oxygen).

This is how Wikipedia describes it:

Huanglong Valley 黄龙沟 – 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.017

On these two pictures, I am showing the blue waters.033

This is in sharp contrast to the Pamukkale travertines I showed in my last post.

Up here, the scenes are more Alpine and tranquil.