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Monday, January 9, 2012

China: Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

"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 area also has a population of endangered animals, including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey."
Source: UNESCO World Heritage List

Postcard # 1:
This Chinese Postcard from "Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area" is a beautiful one. It is really a marvel of the nature. The back of the card says "Golden Sand Beach" and it is from Jinshatan.
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.
The postcard was sent to me by Edward from China inside an envelope, alongwith 4 other postcards. Thank you so much Edward!
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