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.

49 thoughts on “Huanglong Travertine Pools in China

  1. Otherworldly was the description that popped first into my mind when I saw these amazing colours. Like Turner’s landscapes where the colours are made more vibrant by the sunlight he seems to be able to inject into his paintings. You are such a lucky person to have seen this (even if you struggled with lack of oxygen and altitude sickness on the way up)!

    • The worst part of the trip was landing at the Huanglong airport which is sort of 5000m above sea level – there is not much transition – you have the required oxygen on the plane, suddenly you stepped out of the plane and found that there was a lot less of it!

    • Serves you right for travelling “budget” and not upgrading to include oxygen tanks with your “Air Cheap-as-Chips” ticket, she grins:)

      Oh bother, I think I may have just given those guys at Ryanair an idea!

  2. WOW! Absolutely incredible! Another place added to my list of places to see- which is getting extremely long, just from your blog photos!! 🙂 Thank you for posting!

  3. Wow, you have some fantastic photographs on here! Thanks for liking my post, I’m about to set off on my own travel journey and your blog is really inspiring. I can’t wait to visit places, and take my own photos.

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