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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, LijiangJade Dragon Snow Mountain consists of 13 peaks and their average altitude is more than 5,000 meters (about 16,404 feet). The distance from north to south of this incredible mountain is about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) and the distance from east to west is about 20 kilometers (about 12 miles). There is snow all the year round on the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. From a distance it looks like a dragon flying among the clouds, hence its name 'Jade Dragon Snow Mountain'. It is the soul of both Lijiang City and Naxi nationality.

The main peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is Shanzidou which looks like a brave and mighty warrior with beautiful armor. There is frozen ice on its top and thick forest in the middle of the mountain. However at the foot of the peak, people can enjoy the tender touch of spring almost every day throughout a year. In fact Shanzidou is still a virgin peak. Nobody has ever climbed to its top because of its steepness and that's why it arouses so many people's imagination.

Jade Dagon Snow Mountain attracts millions of visitors by its admirable charm and unique landscape. If you have a chance to visit, you will be rewarded by the grace of the forest and the beauty of the surrounding area and mountains.

Getting there:
You can take No.7 bus in Lijiang Old Town or you can rent a car to get there.

Admission Fee: CNY 80 for the entrance charge
CNY 40 for the Protection Fare of the Old Town

Dry Sea, or Ganhai, LijiangNearby Attractions

Dry Sea (Ganhai)

Dry Sea was an ice erosion lake. However, over countless years the water in it decreased and finally disappeared. That's the reason people call it Dry Sea. Nowadays it is a beautiful meadow surrounded by mountains on three sides. When you are there you will feel that the field of vision is extremely vast. The whole is very quiet and serene. It seems that this is the Xanadu. The big and comfortable green grassland looks like a blanket, stretching itself into the great distance. During a particular time between every spring and summer various kinds of flowers are in blossom with a spirit of competition. At this time the whole area will become a sea of flowers.

Dry Sea lies in the eastern part of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. At the Dry Sea you can be assured of a panoramic view of the mountain because Dry Sea is the closest and best place to witness the beauty of Jade dragon Snow Mountain. In addition to the view, there are many kinds of convenience facilities and areas to rest for visitors.

Admission Fee: Free
Recommended Time
for a Visit:
20 minutes

Lijiang-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Plateau)

In fact Spruce Meadow is a vast grassland in the virgin spruce forest. During each period between spring and summer the grassland is delightfully green and the flowers are pleasantly beautiful. From a distance, the Spruce Meadow looks like a jade green blanket in the ranges of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

According to the legend, the Spruce Meadow is the place where the first pair of lovers of Naxi nationality died of love. If you come here you can have the chance to witness the mighty thousand-year-old glacier on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the fantasticality and quietness of virgin forest and the amazing songs and dance of Naxi nationality. You will be warmly welcomed by Naxi people.

Admission Fee: CNY 90 (Including CNY 45 for the rope way)
Recommended Time for a Visit: Two hours
Opening Hours: 08:30 to 18:00

 Yufeng Temple 

Yufeng Temple is one of five Lamaism temples in Lijiang. It was originally built in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Its architectural style is the combination of the Han, Bai and the Tibetan nationalities.

There is a camellia tree in this temple which is called as the First Tree in the World. It is the child of two different camellia trees. Planted in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it is more than 500 years old. It will present twenty to thirty thousand flowers per year. The florescence is usually more than 100 days, which is considered a wonder in the universe.

Admission Fee: CNY 20
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00