Cangshan Mountain

Cangshan Mountain lies west of Dali Ancient City and Erhai Lake and includes 19 peaks and 18 streams. The highest peak is Malong Peak with the height of 4,122 meters (13,524 feet). May and June are the perfect months to visit Cangshan Mountain since at that time it’s carpeted with many kinds of flowers.  The azaleas  are the most eye-catching.
 

Cangshan Mountain Snow

Map of Cangshan Mountain
Map of Cangshan Mountain
The snow on the mountain is the best of the Four Famous Scenes (wind, flowers, snow and moon) in Dali. The snow is dazzling and resplendent when the sun rises, especially in March. On a moonlit night, the snow reflecting off the mountain makes one feel as if they are in a crystal world.
 

Gantong Temple

About 5km (3 miles) from Dali ancient city, at the southern foot of Shengying Peak, lies Gantong Temple. Gantong Tea is a must-try if you are visiting the temple. It’s also one of the most famous teas of Dali city.
 

Zhonghe Temple

Zhonghe Temple on Zhonghe Peak, built during the Nanzhao Kingdom period (738-902), is one of the most famous Taoist temples in the city. The Songhuo Temple Fair held on the 9th day of the first lunar month is the biggest fair of the temple and can last many days. During this period, pilgrims from all over visit the temple.
 

Water Scenery of Cangshan Mountain

Eighteen Streams

The eighteen streams flowing down and around the nineteen peaks here are also famous. Qingbi Stream between Malong Peak and Shengying Peak is the most enjoyable of them all.

Besides the eighteen streams, there are many lakes over the altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet). The shores of the lakes are densely covered with forests, which contain valuable medical herbs, rare species of trees and many kinds of flowers. Two of the most famous lakes are Xima Pool and Qilongnv Pool.
 
Mt. Cangshan along the Erhai Lake
Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake
in the Morning Sunshine

Xima Pool

Located at the junction of Yuju Peak and Longquan Peak, Xima Pool is about 3,920m (12,860 feet) above sea level, only around 20m (66ft) from the top of Cangshan Mountain. It’s actually an artificial lake built in the Nanzhao Kingdom period. Xima means “cleaning horse” in Chinese, and the name of the pool derives from a story that troops once cleaned their horses here while climbing Cangshan Mountain.
 

Qilongnv Pool

As an important scenic spot along Jade Belt Road, Qilongnv Pool is made up of seven ponds. The pool is in the middle section of Heilong Stream, about 4.5km (2.8 miles) from Qingbi Stream.
 At the foot of Yunnong Peak of Cangshan Mountain lies Butterfly Spring. Visitors can enjoy not only the crystal clear water but also the various species of butterfly that frequent the area.
 

Hiking Cangshan Mountain

Cangshan Mountain, Dali
Mt. Cangshan 
on the West Bank of Erhai Lake
Hiking is a popular way to enjoy the mountain scenery. Near Tianlong Babu Studio City at the foot of Cangshan Mountain is a hiking route, and many locals take their morning exercise along this route. Visitors can hike this route, too. It takes about one hour to reach Yudai Rd (Jade Belt Rd), a 18km (11 miles) walking trail on the mountainside. Walking along Jade Belt Rd, you can not only get a bird’s eye view of Erhai Lake but also enjoy many attractions like Longyan Cave, Zhonghe Temple and Qilongnv Pool. Nearly all the attractions along Jade Belt Rd have stores selling water and food, so there is no need to take much along with you. Also, the vegetarian food offered by Zhonghe Temple is worth a try.
 

Cangshan Mountain Cable Car

Instead of hiking, visitors can take a cable car to enjoy Cangshan Mountain. There are three cableways in the Cangshan Mountain Scenic Area: Xima Pool Cableway, Gantong Cableway, and Zhonghe Cableway.

Xima Pool Cableway takes visitors from Tianlong Babu Studio City to Xima Pool on Cangshan Mountain. The route is about 5,580 meters (6,100 yards) long. From the cable car you can see Dali Ancient City and enjoy the natural scenery on Cangshan Mountain. The whole journey takes about 40 minutes.

Gantong Cableway is about 2,630m (2,876 yards) long and takes you to Gantong Temple.

Zhonghe Cableway is about 1,668m (1,824 yards) long, and ends at Zhonghe Temple near Jade Belt Rd.
 

Cangshan Mountain Cable Car Fare

Apr. - Oct. Nov. - Mar.
Gantong Cableway CNY 80 round-trip; CNY 50 one way.
Zhonghe Cableway CNY 60 round-trip; CNY 30 one way.
Xima Pool Cableway (round-trip) Upper - Lower Station CNY 300 CNY 240
Middle - Lower Station CNY 160 CNY 128
Upper - Middle Station CNY 140
 Note: Half-price ticket for children between 1.2 and 1.4m (3.9 - 4.6 feet);
Free for children under 1.2m.
 

How to get to Cangshan Mountain

1. Take a local car from the West Gate or South Gate of Dali Ancient City. Many visitors like to share the fare, which is about CNY 10 for each.
2. Take a taxi and the fare is around CNY 15.
Entrance Fee CNY 40;
Free for children under 1.2m.
Opening Hours Apr. - Oct.: 8:30 - 16:10
Nov. - Mar.:8:30 - 15:40
Recommended Time for a Visit 2h
- Last modified on Sep. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Cangshan Mountain
Asked by Ram from ISRAEL | Sep. 21, 2019 02:15Reply
How long is the walk from Zhonghe cable car to the 7 pools?
If more than an hour - how is the first hour of walking from Zhonghe cable car along the jade cloud road?
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Answered by Elise from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 23, 2019 02:52
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According to the Internet information, it is difficult to walk along Zhonghe cable route to 7 pools. Most people will take Gantong cable car, and walk around 4.5km along jade cloud road and to 7 pools station.
Asked by Ursula from USA | Sep. 05, 2019 10:54Reply
I like to take a taxi from Dali ancient town to Changshan mountain.
I like to take cable car up to Xima
Pool . Can I walk there and how would I get to Jade belt road For the walking trail? Do I have to walk all the 18 km or is there a way to get down and where would I end up? How would I get back to Dali old town where I stay! I have no phone!thank you Ursula
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Answered by Adeline from CANADA | Sep. 05, 2019 18:43
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Yes, you can walk there. As I know, there is a way to get down. I cannot find the exact place. You can consult the staff when you arriving there. After touring around, you can find several private cars that can take you to Dali. Don't worry.
Asked by Lee from KOREA | Jul. 20, 2019 09:47Reply
Where to get off public bus, to ride Xima Pool Cable way.
I plan to take a public bus going to 3 pagoda park, from Dali train station.
Please tell me the bus stop name where I should get off.
From bus stop, How long will it take to walk to Xima Pool cable way lower station?
Are there many taxis there? and how much they ask?

Thank you.
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Answered by Corley from USA | Jul. 23, 2019 19:18
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I'm confused about 3 pagoda park. You can take bus from train station to Xima Pool Cable:
Take bus line 2/8 from Jiaojing Cheguan Building Station to Dishui Building Station, and transfer to Dali University Line from Wanhua Community Station to Baihexi Station, and walk west of 800m to it. It takes around 1.5 hours with CNY4.
Answered by Lee from KOREA | Jul. 24, 2019 07:56
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Thank you for kind information. Now I know I will get off at Baihexi station and walk 800m to west.
Asked by hyowon from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Jul. 12, 2019 19:54Reply
Is there an one way ticket for Xima pool of Cangshan Mountain?
I want to take a course
: Gantong cable car (one way) -> Walk -> Xima pool middle - lower (one way)
Is there an one way ticket for the Xima pool cable way?

And if not, can I hike down from Xima pool middle station to lower station?

How much time does it take?

Thank you ;)
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Answered by Hailey from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 19, 2019 00:06
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Hi, there were single tickets several years ago and it took CNY140 for a single ticket and CNY230 for a round ticket.
Asked by Nicol from CZECH | Jul. 07, 2019 04:09Reply
Is there some main entrance of Dali Cangshan Mountain?
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Answered by Nancy from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 08, 2019 20:51
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According to some tourist maps, Cangshan Gate might be one of the main entrances.
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