Huanglongsi National Park
Huanglongsi National Park is a component of Huanglongsi-Jiuzhaigou National Park.
Huanglong is a mountain that is relatively easy to climb, and the mountain is covered with trees and plants and also many mineral pools and small water falls.
Flora and fauna
There is many types of plants and trees on the mountain, some are rare and may be endangered so take time to enjoy and see it! Animal life is of course existant but the chance of seeing one going up the mountain is very slim (excepy you might see a few squirrels).
The weather at the bottom of the mountain is similar to the surrounding areas, although the weather on the mountain can be cool in the summer and cold in the winter. Bring a sweater.
Buses leave regularly from Chengdu so that will be your best bet.
A bus leaves Jiuzhaigou Bus station at 7:00 (takes 3-4 hours, 45Rmb). In the high season and extra bus at 7:20 is also added. The same bus returns to Jiuzhaigou at 15:00 (or 15:30), and is the only public way to go out. The ticket collector on the bus will likely come and ask you if you want to return with the bus (to chuanzhusi or jiuzhaigou) as well as offer to buy tickets for you to expediate your entry. Letting the ticket collector buy the ticket costs nothing extra. If you choose to return on the same bus you can leave your luggage on the bus. The bus will likely leave from the gondola entrance beside the restaurant, but make sure to confirm this as the bus station is located about 500 meters away from the walking entrance.
There is a airport near Huanglongsi So there are also two options, taking a shuttle bus from the airport to the park and then further on to Jiuzhaigou(120 RMB). From the airport to Huanglong takes 1 hour and the driver will give you 4 hours to walk around the park and then you'll depart towards Jiuzhaigou. The other option is taking the bus from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglongsi National Park in morning, leave suitcase on the bus, and get off at the bus station near the airport in the evening and take taxi to the airport.
Alternatively you can take a taxi form Jiuzhaigou with a party of 4 people that will bring you to Huanglong, wait for you to return and return you to Jiuzhaigou for a price of RMB 400 (you should negotiate for this). It is also possible to get a taxi or take a shuttle bus to chuanzhusi or jiuzhaigou, however the timing of these are not scheduled so you risk waiting for a while if you chose this option.
Y200 per person( 1st of Apr. - 15th of Nov.), Y60 per person( 16th of Nov. - 31st of March). The price does not include a ticket for the cable car, which must be bought separately and costs 80 RMB for a one way trip either up or down; most people use it to go up, but if you then decide to go down on the cable car it will cost a further 40 RMB. Discounted tickets at 100 RMB (as of august 2014) are available for students with ID and seniors over 60 years of age with proof of age. Discount for student during the high season was Y50.
There is a moderately steep (average 10% incline) 4.2 km wooden boardwalk up the valley from the entrance to the colourful limestone pools and temple at the apex of the path. Some alternative trails are available for the return walk down the valley. This round trip generally takes around 4 hours (you can walk the round trip at a regular pace, taking pictures, and catch the public bus back to Jiuzhaigou if needed). During the peak season (april-nov) a cable car operates which takes visitors from near the entrance up to a high elevation equal to the highest points of the path. This then leaves a flat walk along the side of valley for several kilometres where it joins the main walking trails at the apex of limestone pools and temple. One can then walk down the boardwalk instead of taking the cable car back, and enjoy the forest, limestone formation and waterfall views on the way back to the entrance
The mineral pools and lakes are very fascinating as they are very colorful and pretty. Some small waterfalls that are almost horizontal. There is also a temple on the top of the mountain so check that out.
Take pictures! The sceneries are beautiful and photographers will enjoy it. There is a temple on the top of the mountain so you can go and check that out. Most of the time just take time climb the mountain and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
There is not much to buy except food and water.
There is small shops along the mountain paths and on top of the mountain. The food and the water are expensive so be sure to bring some of your own.
Bring your own drink as the price of water and beverages increase dramatically as you ascend.
Huanglong is intended to be climbed up and down in a single day so there is no lodging on the mountain.
There is no camping.
Use common sense, if something seems dangerous, don't do it. Watch your step as you climb and remember that: If you climb don't look at the sceneries, if you look at the sceneries don't climb!
Also note the high altitude. The park entrance is about 10,000 feet above sea level and the Five Colored Pool is nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Since the air is thinner, pace yourself as you make the hike up.