Colorful Pools and Travertine Waterfalls - Huanglong, Sichuan, China

  

Situated in the north-west of Sichaun Province, the Huanglong valley is made up of snow-capped peaks and the easternmost of all the Chinese glaciers. In addition to its mountain landscape, diverse forest ecosystems can be found, as well as spectacular limestone formations, waterfalls and hot springs.
The property lies in the southern part of the Min Shan Range, approximately 150 km north/north-west of the provincial capital of Chengdu.
Tectonic activity, in the form of earthquakes, is fairly frequent. Above the timberline are extensive areas of precipitous mountain scenery, snow-covered for much of the year. Xuebaoding, or Snow Mountain Peak, is permanently snow-covered and bears the easternmost glacier in China. Of greatest geologically interest is the extensive calcite deposition that has taken place, notably along the 3.6 km Huanglonggou (Yellow Dragon Gully) where there are several extensive areas of travertine pools. Algae and bacteria proliferate in a number of these pools, giving a wide range of colours from orange and yellow to green and blue. Other karst features include long limestone shoals, notably Liujinshan (Glazed Golden Fan) and Jinshatan (Golden Sand Beach), in Huanglonggou. These are extensive slopes of active limestone deposition, covered entirely by a thin layer of flowing water. (Source: UNESCO)

UNESCO World Heritage Site : #638

Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #764 Upper Yangtze

Major Habitat Type: temperate upland rivers

The travertine pools : wet season


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The travertine pools : dry season


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The buddhist temple


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The limestone shoals at the dry season


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Minshan or Min Mountains


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