The Huanglong Temple Fair takes place in one of the most scenic and wild areas of China, Huanglong National Park or Scenic Area, which has been compared to America’s Yellowstone National Park.
The one-day fair takes place at Huanglong Temple, which consists of three parts. The first part is in ruins, the second part is home to the Goddess of Mercy, while the third part is home to the Yellow Dragon King.
The temple fair takes place in the third part on the 15th day of the sixth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, in honor of the day the dragon king achieved Buddha status. In 2013, this is June 23 on the Gregorian calendar.
Pilgrims camp at the site and hike over the hills. Pilgrims come from Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces, as well as from foreign lands, to burn incense and pray at the temple on this day.
Besides praying to the gods, they pray for good fortune and good harvests for the coming year. The pilgrims don their best folk costumes for traditional singing and dancing.
Huanglong , in Songpan country, is 300 kilometers from Chengdu and 150 kilometers from Jiuzhaigou on winding mountain roads. You can fly into either of those cities and take a bus from there. Hiring a car and driver also is an option. Our tours feature comfortable private transport!
The temple lies on the lower slopes of Xuebaoding, the major peak of the Min Mountains, about 2 kilometers’ walk from the entrance of Huanglong Scenic Area.