Located between 10004'-10016'east longitude and 2703'-2740' north latitude, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,360 feet), the mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. In fact, one fourth of all plant species in China can be found here and 20 primeval forest communities shelter a big family of 400 types of trees and 30 kinds of animals which are protected by the state. These species live in different temperature levels and create different kinds of views. The 13 peaks, which have the altitudes of at least 4,000 meters, are covered by snow all year round; the mountain is also called the "Natural Glacier Museum" for it has all types of glacier. Move down from the mountaintop and you can see rivers and pools, which are formed by the thawed snow water running along the valley and through the forests. The plants and the animals are different according to the altitude, so are the views. Every sight brings you a surprise and every step takes you to a new scene. Each of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has its own special character due to their different landscape and height. For instance, Yunshanping (Spruce Plateau) is grassland with gigantic spruces whilst Ganhaizi (Dry Sea) used to be a highland lake as its name tells, the meadow was formed after the water had dried up.
Tourists need to charter a taxi / car/ mini-van or carpool together to visit the mountain from the downtown area in Lijiang.
How to reach the downtown area
Lijiang Railway Station: take no. 18 bus from the forecourt of the railway station to Bailongguangchuang (White Dragon Square) Station. It costs CNY 1.
Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station: take no.8 bus outside the bus station to reach Hongtaiyangguangchang(Red Sun Square) Station. It costs CNY 1.
Lijiang Airport: take airport shuttle bus to reach Lantian Hotel. It costs CNY 20 per person.
|Admission Fee:|| |
CNY 130 for the entrance charge
|Ropeway Fare:|| |
Glacier Park: CNY180 for the big ropeway (round-trip).