Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Travel Tips

On September 1, 2011, in Accomodation, Mountain Areas, Tours, Travel Info, Yunnan, by Jack Li

The altitude of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is so high that it is necessary for tourists to rent down jackets when the wind is strong. You’d better not rent it at places where provide green cars, which is more expensive than that on the mountain, taking 30 yuan as rental and 300 yuan as deposit […]

The altitude of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is so high that it is necessary for tourists to rent down jackets when the wind is strong. You’d better not rent it at places where provide green cars, which is more expensive than that on the mountain, taking 30 yuan as rental and 300 yuan as deposit per jacket. It is a better choice to rent the jacket after taking green car and arriving at ropeway station on 3356 meters or 4506 meters. In addition, some hostels in Lijiang Old City provide cost-free down jackets for their customers. They also help customers to book tickets of ropeway in case of waiting in line to buy tickets on the mountain; however, tourists still need to wait in line if they choose the big ropeway.

The snow mountain has quite different landscapes in four seasons. Tourists can only pay a visit when the weather is fine and there is a little cloud and mist, because the snow mountain is often warded of by mist. There is a joke saying that you can only see snow worthy of 50 yuan if you visit at that time although you have actually spent 500 yuan. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has the most magnificent sight in winter, because cold air is warded off by the mountain and forms large-scale accumulated snow. That’s also why Lijiang Old City can be warm and the sun shines brightly in winter.

Best time to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

From February to June

On Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the yearly average temerature is 11.3 ℃, the average temperature of the colddest month is 3℃ while the average temperature of the hottest month is 17℃. The yearly precipitation of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is about 1000~1200mm; the rainfalls mainly come during June to October, taking up 80% of the overall precipitation of a year. However, there is few rainfalls during Novermber to Apirl of the next year.

The best time to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is winter. In summer and antumn, you can not see accumulated snow on that altitude, because thousands of tourists have arrived there, changed ecological environment of area and the snow line has obviously moved up. Only by ropeway can tourists arrive at the top of the big ropeway, it is impossible to reach by riding a hinny or by walking.

Yulong Snow Mountain Best Routes

One typical travel route is Lijiang—Ganhaizi—Baishui River—Yun Shanping. At Baishui River, you can take the Yun Shanping Ropeway to climb on the mountain. You had better not ride a horse here; all programs about riding a horse to the mountain turn out to be traps, you can’t see any sights on the way.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tickets

  1. Set ticket: Big Jade Dragon through ticket: 190 yuan (includes the entrance of the mountain, Dongba Valley, Jade Pillars, Yushui Village, Yufeng Temple and Dongba Kingdom, only Dongba Valley, Yushui Village and Yufeng Temple are recommended)
  2. Individual tourist: the entrance ticket: 105 yuan (you can buy individual ticket of any sight).

The maintenance cost of Lijiang Old City: 80 yuan

Students and armymen: half price, other certificates are invalid.

The big ropeway of Glacier Park: 172 yuan

The smaller ropeway of Yunshan Ping: 55 yuan

The middle-size ropeway of Maoniu Ping: 60 yuan

How to get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

  1. If you take the chartered bus, it takes 60~100 yuan per day;
  2. Take No7 Bus to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at the Red Sun Square next to Dashuiche, takes 15 yuan/person;
  3. Take the bus of the ropeway company, which departs at the Guluwan Hotel every morning.

Transportation of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (three ropeways)

  1. Glacier park: 3 kilometers long ropeway; tickets: 110yuan;reach the altitude of 4506 meters, as well as the snow line)
  2. Yunshan Ping Ropeway: the smaller ropeway:40 yuan; Maoniu Ping Ropeway: 65yuan
  3. The big ropeway: directly reach the mountain peak, tourists should wait in line to buy tickets (takes four to five hours in peak-season ,so needs patience and enough mental preparation). The temperature on the mountain is so low that you are suggested to rent a down jacket at the foot of the mountain (30 yuan per jacket). The altitude of the mountain is so high that tourists who have heart troubles ought not to cimb on. In case of oxygen deficit on the mountin, you’d better prepare an air tank.

Tips

  1. If you set out in Lijiang Old City, you can take No7 Bus at Yunshan Ping and get off at the big ropeway, which takes 10 yuan; it takes about 100~150 yuan by taxi.
  2. Tickets of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: 40 yuan (students: half price)

Tickets of the ropeway: 110 yuan (need to book in Lijiang Old City)

  1. Self-service tourists can take the bus to Daju besides Red Sun Hotel at 8am, then get off at Yunshan Ping (ticket: 10 yuan). Or take the bus of Lijiang Bus Transportation Company to Daju, then get off at Yunshan Ping, which takes 30~40 minutes.

Tourists who don’t have too much time can take a taxi at the opposite of Yuquan Hotel, but it is important to decide the specific time and price of the round trip.

Spruce Meadow

On September 1, 2011, in Ancient Houses & Courtyards, Ethnic Group Flavors, Nature Scenery, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Spruce Meadow is also called “the third kingdom to die for love”. At the height of 3240 meters above the sea level, it is a sacred land to people of Naxi nationality. The legend has that you can go to “the third kingdom of Jade Dragon”. According to the record of Dongba, “the third kingdom […]

Spruce Meadow is also called “the third kingdom to die for love”. At the height of 3240 meters above the sea level, it is a sacred land to people of Naxi nationality. The legend has that you can go to “the third kingdom of Jade Dragon”. According to the record of Dongba, “the third kingdom of Jade Dragon” has everything that one expects to find. Taking the cable car on Baihui River Village, it only takes ten minutes to send you to the destination and then you can walk along the plank road or ride a horse to anther wonderful landscape of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain- Spruce Meadow.

Spruce Meadow is a piece of grassland in the forests to the east of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which accounts for 0.5 square meter, at the height of 3000 meters. The snow mountain is like a jade screen, high in the cloud while the spruces are embracing the snow mountain, luxuriant and green. In the dense forests around the Spruce Meadow, old trees are high into the sky with deadwood or moss, as if this place has not been disturbed for thousands of years, totally a natural paradise. It is said that if young couples die for love at Spruce Meadow, their soul will go to “the third kingdom of Jade Dragon” and get the eternal happiness.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Gan Haizi Meadow

On September 1, 2011, in Nature Scenery, Valleys and Scenic Spots, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Gan Haizi Meadow is a wide meadow to the east of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is 4 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, at the height of 2900 meters above sea level. It is a natural meadow with mild terrain. When you are in the Gan Haizi Meadow, you can feel a sense of […]

Gan Haizi Meadow is a wide meadow to the east of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is 4 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide, at the height of 2900 meters above sea level. It is a natural meadow with mild terrain. When you are in the Gan Haizi Meadow, you can feel a sense of wideness and openness. In front of the eastern foot of the towering Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, there is such a large meadow which provides travelers a best place to look up the beautiful mountain.

From the Gan Haizi Meadow to the 4500 meters high snow line, you can see all kinds of plants, such as orchids, wild peonies, and snow saussureas. There are also tall arbors like Yuannan pines, cedars, abies fabris and chestnuts and so on. The Gan Haizi meadow is a natural pasture. Every year, in the warm spring, the herdsmen will take the tents, ride their horses and drive the yaks, sheep and cattle to graze here.

Every year, at the end of spring and the beginning of summer, here all flowers bloom together, forming into a huge garden. The whole meadow is filled with energy and vigor. You can take the direct cable car from here to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to watch the old snow and Kala Patter or go skiing.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Kala Patter

On September 1, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, Yunnan, by Jack Li

There are modern maritime glaciers and Snow Sea distributing on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is the nearest to the equator on Eurasia. The snow mountain has completen tyes of glaciers, where grows 19 modern glaciers and occupies 11.61 square kilometers. The “No 1 Baishui” is the most qualified glacier with the best touring condition […]

There are modern maritime glaciers and Snow Sea distributing on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is the nearest to the equator on Eurasia. The snow mountain has completen tyes of glaciers, where grows 19 modern glaciers and occupies 11.61 square kilometers. The “No 1 Baishui” is the most qualified glacier with the best touring condition at present. It is as long as 2.7 kilometers and located just under the main peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain—Shanzi Dou. Looked from the foot of the mountain, the glacier is like a waterfall hanging the skyline, very amazing.

Kala Patters near the glacier tongue look like several knives straightly pointing to the sky. With the shining of sunshine, they look green rather than white, as if several huge jade inlaying among jagged rocks of grotesque shapes. This sight is what the late former vice-president of Taiwan Palace Museum called “green snow and strange peaks”.

Going closer to the glacier, you can hear bicker from an icy river formed by melting of the glacier. Sanzi Dou in the front brust out several big sounds, that are sounds of avalanche, like rolling snow bulls. Since thousands of years ago, Sanzi Dou has supplied a steady flow of new snow for the glacier.

The constantly changed snow mountain has snow flakes flutter all over the sky now and then, which makes people have difficulty in taking a step; sometimes, it looks like a rising wind and scudding clouds, making people feel a little cold; sometimes, a brilliant sun casts a thousand beams, making people feel as if being cut off from the outside world for ages and be filled with complicated emotions.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

On September 1, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Mountain Areas, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, Yunnan, by Jack Li

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is located in Yulong Naxi autonomous county, 15 kilometers away from Lijiang city, with the height of 5596 meters. It is a national 5A level scenic site as well as a natural reserve of Yunan Province. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is rich in travelling resources. The landscapes can be divided into […]

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is located in Yulong Naxi autonomous county, 15 kilometers away from Lijiang city, with the height of 5596 meters. It is a national 5A level scenic site as well as a natural reserve of Yunan Province. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is rich in travelling resources. The landscapes can be divided into snow area, glacier, alpine meadow, virgin forest and snow mountain.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is famous for its danger, rarity, beauty and elegance. It is magnificent as well as exquisite and changeable as the seasons and weather change. Sometimes covered by rosy cloud, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is partly hidden and partly visible; sometimes under the cloudless sky, it is sparkling and crystal-clear; sometimes partly covered by cloud, the part above cloud is bright and clear while the part under cloud is totally green; sometimes sunglow shining upon Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, it is like wearing a red yarn, extremely charming.

The difference in temperature is quite distinct between the foot of the mountain and the top. The vegetative cover reflects the difference most. The whole mountain integrates all kinds of natural landscapes of subtropical zone, temperate zone and frigid zone, which form the main landscape of the unique “The Spring Snow”. After rain or snow, the snow is exceptionally white while the pine trees are extremely green as if the white snow and green pine trees are playing hide- and – seek. The snow is green rather than white, which is extraordinarily tremendous, therefore comes the famous saying “Green Snow and Peculiar Mountain”.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sacred mountain in all the people of Naxi nationality and people in Lijiang. The angel of Naxi nationality “San Duo” is the avatar of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, so nowadays the grand “San Duo Festival” is held once a year in Lijiang. During Tang Dynasty, the lord of Nanzhao once conferred the title “Northern Mountain” upon Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and now in Baisha Village, we can also find the temple of “Northern Mountain”, which is still deep and quiet and the Buddha statue in it is shining. There are a lot of pilgrims on the way. During Yuan Dynasty, when Kublai Khan (the fifth emperor of Yuan Dynasty) came to Lijiang, he gave the title “Holy Snow Northern Mountain”. Relying on its attractive landscape, mysterious stories and a virgin mountain which has not been conquered by people, numerous people have a deep longing for Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Attractions

Spruce Meadow

Kala Patter

Gan Haizi Meadow

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Story

1. Legend of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain are twin brothers. They depend on each other for survival and support their life by washing gold by Jinsha River. One day from the North came a vicious devil, which forcibly occupy Jinsha River and did not allow people to wash gold. Jade Dragon and Haba got furious and fight with the devil. The younger brother Haba was too weak and was chopped off the head while the brother Jade Dragon fought with the devil for two days and three nights, breaking 13 swords and finally drove the devil away. From then on, the younger brother Haba turned into the headless Haba Snow Mountain while the brother Jade Dragon, to protect another attack of the devil, held the 13 swords high all day and night and changed into 13 snow mountains. Jade Dragon is regarded as the external symbol of Naxi nationality while the legendary Jade Dragon hero is the symbol the spirit of Naxi nationality. That is why the angel of Naxi nationality “San Duo” is the avatar of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

2. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jinsha River, Nujiang River, Lantsang River, Jade Dragon Mountain and Haba Mountain are brothers and sisters. The three sisters had grown up and went out to choose husbands. Their parents were worried and angry and let Jade Dragon and Haba to catch up with their sisters. Jade Dragon with 13 swords and Haba with 12 bows and arrows, they cut corner and came to Lijiang. They took turns to scout and agreed on that whoever released the three sisters would be chopped of the head. When Haba watched for and Jade Dragon slept, Jinsha River came. She walked slightly so that to sidestep his brothers and then suddenly she sang a beautiful song. The song was so beautiful that Haba was addicted in it and fell asleep. She kept singing until she passed her two brothers. When Jade Dragon woke up and saw the scene, he was angry and sad. He was angry because Jinsha River had left. He was sad because Haba would be chopped off head. He could not violate their agreement, so he chopped off the Haba’s head slowly and cried loudly. His tears turned into black and white water while the 12 bows and arrows turned into the 24 twists on the both banks of Hutiao Gorge. Haba’s head fell into the river and turned to the Hutiao Stone.

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