Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
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 usually get from the downtown area of Lijiang to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. They can take public buses from Lijiang Railway Station and Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station to reach the downtown area. If they arrive at Lijiang Airport, they can use the shuttle bus.
How to reach the downtown area
From Lijiang Railway Station: take no. 18 bus from the forecourt of the railway station to Bai Long Guang Chang (White Dragon Square) Station. It costs CNY 1.
From Lijiang Transport Service Center Bus Station: take no.8 bus outside the bus station to reach Hong Tai Yang Guang Chang (Red Sun Square) Station. It costs CNY 1.
From Lijiang Airport: take airport shuttle bus to reach Lantian Hotel. It costs CNY 20 per person.
Because there is no public bus, tourists need to charter a taxi / car/ mini-van or carpool together from the downtown area. The distance is around 10 miles (15 kilometers). It takes around 40 minutes. The round-trip charter rate is CNY 100 to 200.
|Admission Fee:|| |
CNY 130 for the entrance charge
|Ropeway Fare:|| |
Glacier Park: CNY180 for the big ropeway (round-trip).