AQUAMARINE NAT­U­RAL WON­DER : CHINA

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In the north­west part of Sichuan, China, lies the UNESCO World Her­itage site, Huan­g­long (Yel­low Dragon), lo­cated 3,000m above sea level. Huan­g­long Val­ley, in par­tic­u­lar, is famed for its col­or­ful pools—rang­ing from blue, green, yel­low and brown—that have been cre­ated by cal­cite de­posits. The traver­tine is 3.6km long, and the main body of wa­ter be­gins from the an­cient Bud­dhist/benbo tem­ple at the peak of the val­ley, and ends at the Guests Wel­come Pond. For the best view of all the pools, ride the chair­lift up to the top of the Huan­g­long scenic area. Other glo­ri­ous sites here in­clude hot springs, wa­ter­falls, and en­dan­gered wildlife like the Golden Snub-nosed Mon­keys and the Gi­ant Panda. Pho­to­graph by Suronin

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