Huanglong Temple in Huanglong Natural Reserve
Huanglong Scenic Area is located in Songpan County, Sichuan Province. It was listed as a world heritage site in 1992. The area, which extends over 700 square kilometers, contains two parts: the Huanglong and Mounigou. This scenic spot is the result of the formations of talpatate which give a special color to ponds and beaches. Together with high mountains, snow covered peaks, valleys, waterfalls, lakes and forests, these talpatates look especially marvelous.
Among the various unique and wild scenes of the scenic area, one of the most eyecatching is the Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Ravine. The ravine, located at the foot of the Xuebao Peak in the Minshan Mountain, is 3.6 kilometers long and 30-170 meter wide. The section from the Fuyuan Bridge at the entrance to the Yuyu Pond is 3,160-3,574 meters above sea level and its surface is a thick layer of light yellow talpatate. In the sunshine, the ravine looks like a golden dragon winding its way through the forest.
In the ravine there are a variety of talpatate scenes, such as talpatate ponds, beaches, waterfalls, caves and dykes. However, the 3,400 colorful talpatate ponds in different shapes, sizes and colors are the most attractive.