When we arrived in Jiuzhaigou, we didn't know anything about Huanglong, other than that it was the name of the airport. As it turns out, it is also an amazing natural park near the airport, well worth a visit to anyone in Jiuzhaigou!
I would highly recommend booking your departing flight in the evening, that way you can spend the day here, and then go to the airport afterwards (I think the park closed at 5 or 6?). The airport was 1 hour from Huanglong, Huanglong was about 2.5-3 hours from Jiuzhaigou town area.
We arranged a driver for the whole journey for 400CNY (Our hotel in Jiuzhaigou at 9am - arrived Huanglong at 11ish, departed at 5ish - Airport by 6pm for a 9pm flight). I also would reccommend doing this, especially if you're travelling in a group of 4. We were just 2 people, but if there are 4 you can split the costs even more! Also, the drive between Juzhaigou-Huanglong is an experience in itself! Truly amazing scenery.
There is a cable car at the park that you can take up to the top. Note that the highest part of the park is 3600m, and some people do experience altitude issues. We are fairly fit people, but we felt a bit slow and headachy, so decided to take the cable car up (it takes you most of the way) and then walk the rest and walk back down. No shame in taking this option!
Overall, I think you're crazy not to visit Huanglong if you're in Jiuzhaigou. Jiuzhaigou is so hard to get to by plane or bus, so don't waste the opportunity and just go!
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