China Trip – Huanglong (Day 5: Huanglong Scenic Valley)

On our 5th day, we woke up early to travel from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong. Just like Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Our travel took us 3000+ meters above sea level. Some suggest to purchase a pocket oxygen tank (or oxygen drops) to help with possible altitude sickness. We actually considered buying some but the price was quite expensive.

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Once we reached the foot of the valley, the weather became really cold. We drank someΒ baijiuΒ (Chinese white liquor) to keep us warm. This liquor which tasted like pure alcohol saved me from hypothermia! Now I know what to bring if I head into high altitude next time.

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Huanglong Valley is known for it’s natural pools formed by calcite deposits. Something I am quite amazed as I’ve never seen anything like this before.

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As you go higher, the oxygen gets thinner every moment.

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We wanted to go higher as fast as we could but we only reached up until the Washing Cave and a few meters above that. Our flight to Beijing was on the same day so we did not have time to pace our ascend. This wraps up our Huanglong leg!

China Trip – Beijing (Day 6: Summer Palace, Li Qun, Tiananmen Square)

– The Tourist Pao

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