Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Huanglong 黄龙: Nicest Natural Pools on Earth



The picture above is 100% real with no photoshop.  Even seeing it up close it was hard to believe, for a while I thought they were man made.  These are the pools of Huanglong.  Huanglong means yellow or golden dragon and is supposed to resemble a dragon curving through the mountainous terrain of the area.  Like Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong is also a UNESCO site and is deserving of the title.  It is absolutely beautiful up there and seeing it with your own eyes is hard to describe.  Also, the coloring which varies from green to yellow to blue are all caused by calcite deposits in the water just as in Jiuzhaigou.

上面的照片是百分之百沒有用photoshop真的。連親眼看見很難相信,有一段時間我感覺是人造的。這是黃龍的彩池。爲什麽叫黃龍呢?因爲地區好像跟一條龍爬山一樣。黃龍也是一個風景名勝區,跟九寨溝一樣。黃龍鎮美麗,你絕對想不到。而且,顔色從綠色到黃色到藍色都由鈣化引起的。


以上の写真は本当に百パーセントフォトショップを使わなかった。自分の目で見ても信用しにくい。人造だったと思った。これは黄龍の池だ。なぜ黄龍の名前をもらったか?その地区は黄龍が山を登るように行きそうだからだ。九寨溝のようにユネスコ世界遺産だ。形容できないほど美しい。九寨溝のように水は方解石が入っている原因で緑色、黄色、青いがある。

I know it looks like an excellent place to swim, but keep your shirts on... We need to protect the beauty of the pools so it is strictly forbidden.  

我知道好像是個非常好的游泳的地方但別脫衣服,我們需要保護美麗所以禁止入水。


泳ぐのがよさそうだがシャツ脱がないで、美しさを守らなければならないから禁止入水。
Tree growing on an island...reminded me of Hawaii for a little bit
一棵小樹在小到上面,我想起了夏威夷
木が小さい島の上で植わる、ハワイの出身を覚えた

Getting to Huanglong
到黃龍
黄龍に到着

Actually we went straight from Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong which is possible.  You just need to pass through some towns and make some stops.  The bus ride there takes you high up into the mountains.  You are actually at a very high atltitude at Huanglong and you might notice it is a little difficult to breathe, as you still need to do some considerable walking.  At some snack stations you can buy some oxygen, where you will see various Chinese tourists catching their breath.   


其實我們從九寨溝一直到到黃龍,這時可能的。一直去的話你會順停在一些小村拿水等等。大巴車到山的高地。其實因爲高度很大你會意識到呼吸比較難,再説你還要爬樓梯。在一些小商店你會看見有中國的遊客買氧氣喘口氣。


実は九寨溝から黄龍までまっすぐ行った。黄龍に行くついでに水を取ったり、おトイレを使ったりするの。バスは大きい高度になるから呼吸するのが難しくなるかもしれない。後はまだ歩かなければならない。ある商店で酸素が買えて、呼吸が正常に戻る中国の観光客が見られる。

The Huanglong Experience
黃龍的經驗
黄龍の経験

Huanglong is like a miniature but not less awe inspiring version of Jiuzhaigou.  The blue in the pools of Huanglong however, is much more vibrant.  You will literally feel as if you are in heaven, as you are very near the clouds and surrounded by beautiful nature.  Huanglong is definitely one of China's finest.

黃龍好像是個小九寨溝但還是驚人的。彩池的藍色比九寨溝的明麗。因爲離美麗自然和云很近你會感覺到你到了天堂。黃龍一定是中國最好的地方之一。

黄龍は小さい九寨溝のようだがまだ驚嘆するレベルが同じだ。でも黄龍の池は九寨溝の湖の青さよりも明るい。黄龍に行けば周囲は全部美しい自然と曇りだから天国にいる感じになる。黄龍は確かに中国の最高のところの一つ。

Lonely Planet:  China

Below is the Lonely Planet Guidebook for China.  I would highly recommend this as I often used this as a reference for a wide range of things from finding places to sleep to transportation to eating, and more.  The important thing about traveling in China and most of Asia in general if you are on a budget is to get to know the prices of things.  Guidebooks like Lonely Planet do a pretty good job at telling you approximately what price things should be so that you don't get ripped off.  Click on the image and it will take you to amazon.com where you can purchase your own copy of the book.  

3 comments:

  1. It's nice that you post a lot about places in China, other than the Great Wall. Now, I know about a whole lot of other places! =) I would love to see the ponds you mentioned. In Japan, I had a chance to see one and it was incredibly beautiful.

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  2. Thx Mary. Yeah, I've seen the Great Wall, and wasn't too impressed. I think the things that are pumped up like the Great Wall and Terracotta warriors turn out to be a lot less spectacular than they are made to sound... I dunno, that's just me though. At the same time, you kinda still need to go though.

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  3. Chinese is full of natural beauty as you can see above in the post. Whether you go for cheap flights to Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing you will observe it in each of them. Along with the natural attractiveness it is also home to some historic sites like the Great Wall of China and many more.

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