Boardwalks permit visitors to explore the natural beauty and, while walking at a relaxed pace, a round trip can be completed in an four enjoyable hours.
To enjoy the wonders of Huanglong Valley, you can choose either walking trail from the gate.
The trail from the left provides the full range of beauties of the valley, but it is more energy-consuming; the trail from the right saves a little on energy but it misses the sightseeing of those breathtaking waterfalls.
However, the 2,000-3,000 meter elevation can cause some discomfort, so you should make sure your walk is well-paced. Visitors can rest at the chairs positioned every hundred metres or so, and bottled oxygen is also sold at the gate of the valley to help the aged people overcome the AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
It takes about one and half hours to get to the Huanglong Monastery, the first Taoist building in the northwest Sichuan Province.
Quite close to the Huanglong Monastery you can find the Huanglong Cave. It is a natural ice cave which is the oldest of its kind in China. The cave contains different kinds of stalactites and stalagmites. The colorful lights have made the dark cave more attractive to visitors. However, the dropping water from the roof may also create a thrilling and even frightening atmosphere to the more timid visitors.
[ Source : from chinadaily.com ]