Huanglong – A place so special it was alien


The first thing I did when I got to Jiuzhaigou valley was align myself to this lovely couple from Israel and follow them around like a third-wheel stalker.

Over dinner, after finishing our rather large mains, Liron looks at her boyfriend Tom and says ‘Im still hungry’. Tom immediately starts sifting through the menu ‘ What else should we order?’

I knew then that these were my people.

The next morning on the dot of 8am we make the 3 hour trip to Huanglong through the light rain, to the entry of the 3800 metre high scenic walk, along a well-built and positioned wooden path, to witness these amazing natural wonders – Connected lakes of all sizes high up in the mountains, with limestone borders that hold such a concentrated calcium content that the water is always clear from algae leaving only the most wonderous shades of blue.

I was walking slightly ahead of Liron and Tom, and within seconds of our beginning I hear the loud and heavy thud of someone falling. I turn around to find Tom lying on his side like a seal in shock, and an embarrassed Liron simply stating ‘He tried to do singing in the rain dancing..’

I love these two.

In 2 hours we endure thousands of steps and a high altitude, with each scenic stop competing in beauty with the next, until we finally reach the peak like step defeating champions, and are rewarded with the most magical display of colourful lakes so beautiful that it looked man-made! Or Alien! Either way it was out of this world!!

Needless to say, the view turned me into a loved up snap happy tourist for 5 hours.

Anyone who visits China, must not miss out on the World heritage listed connected pools of Huanglong.

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