Jiaozi Snow Mountain

It should be hard to find a snow mountain in Kunming which is renowned as "Spring City". But the miraculous Jiaozi Snow Mountain is an exception. The snow-capped mountain got its name because it looks like a sedan chair (Jiaozi). In winter and spring, the mountain is covered with pure white snow, with beautiful icefalls hanging from cliffs. In summer and autumn, the fragrant azalea flowers are in full blossom with bees humming and butterflies dancing around. In one word, scenery in the Jiaozi Snow Mountain is extraordinary. Enchanting lakes, magnificent waterfalls, attractive cloud sea, charming sunset, exuberant meadows, and beautiful azalea flowers will make you feel like you are stepping into a fairy tale world.

Kunming Jiaozi Snow Mountain
Jiaozi Snow Mountain Tourist Map

The Jiaozi Snow Mountain is located in the northeast of Luquan County, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Kunming downtown. With an elevation of 4,223 meters (13,856 feet) and a total area of 253 square kilometers (98 square miles), it is known as the "No. 1 Mountain in Middle Yunnan Province".

Best Time to Visit Jiaozi Snow Mountain

The best time to appreciate the mountain veiled by white snow is from late November to March, when the mountain becomes a white beauty. Rivers are frozen. The tree branches are coated white, the grassland is hidden by the huge white carpet of snow. Animals are having a good rest in their caves. It is so tranquil and peaceful.

Icefalls & Waterfalls

Another highlight of a winter visit to Jiaozi Snow Mountain is icefalls. Seen from afar, they are like white marble sculptures differing in thousands of ways, which will take away the breath of tourists. On warm spring days, these icefalls melt and become waterfalls cascading down the mountain, which looks splendid and fascinating as well. The falls are mainly distributed at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) to 4,000 meters (13,123 feet), including the Double Waterfalls at the Heroes' Slope, the Sisters Waterfall, the Flower Stream Waterfall, the waterfall at the Water Dripping Rock, the Lotus Waterfall, and the Flown-over Waterfall.

Lakes on Jiaozi Snow Mountain

On the Jiaozi Snow Mountain, there are also many lakes worth visiting. The most famous ones are: the Heavenly Pond, the Mubang Lake, the Spirit Pond, the Heavenly Pond at Green Valley, the Heroes' Pond, and the Palanquin Curtain Lake. Glacier erosion contributed a lot to the formation of these lakes. A legend has it that there is a dragon deep in one of the lakes. So, people should not roar near the lake, not to mention throwing stones into it. Otherwise, the dragon will become angry, which might lead to thunderstorm or hail. This legend adds more beauty and mystery to the Jiaozi Snow Mountain.

Azalea Flowers on Jiaozi Snow Mountain

Apart from the grand waterfalls and charming lakes, the azalea flowers are colorful decorations of Jiaozi Snow Mountain, usually in full blossom from April to June. White azaleas look very pure while purple ones look noble. The pink are gentle while the red are enthusiastic. Moreover, yellow azaleas are pretty and elegant. They contrast finely with waterfalls and embellish the mountain very well. Seeing clusters of azaleas dance in the gentle breeze and smelling the fresh fragrance will make tourists fascinated and excited. 

Gene Bank of Animals and Plants in Yunnan

Moreover, there are plenty of rare animals and plants in the Jiaozi Snow Mountain, including rare birds, insects, flowers, herbs, woods and so on. Hence, it is known as the "Gene Bank of Animals and Plants in Yunnan". The primitive fir forest, known as the "Green Pearl" and "Natural Oxygen Bar", is the only one in Yunnan. Moreover, the glacier and karst sites catch the attention of geologists because of their great significance for scientific research.


 The temperature fluctuates extremely between day and night and due to the rise of elevation on the mountain. It may be sunny during the daytime and at the foot of the mountain, but windy and cold at night or on mountain top. So, you are advised to prepare enough clothes. In addition, you should apply moisturizer and sunscreen cream for your exposed skin, and wear a pair of sunglasses in winter because the snow is quite dazzling.
 Climbing the Jiaozi Mountain is energy-consuming, so you need to take enough food and water.
 To climb the undeveloped mountain areas, you’d better hire a local guide who is familiar with the environment.

How to get to Jiaozi Snow Mountain

1. Take a bus from North Bus Station to Zhuanlong Town and then hire a private car to Jiaozi Snow Mountain.
2. On Saturday or Sunday: you can take a bus from the Railway Museum beside the Kunming Railway Station to the scenic area at 8:00; or take a bus from East Entrance of International Trade Center at 7:30 to the mountain area. Both buses return at 17:00.

Sightseeing Bus inside the Scenic Area

Inside the scenic area, there are sightseeing buses shuttling between the Sifangjing Tourist Service Center (close to the attraction's main gate) and core scenic spot on the mountain. The bus departs frequently and it costs CNY 30 for a round trip.
Entrance Fee CNY 35;
Half price for children between 1.2 - 1.4m (3.9 - 4.6ft);
Free for children under 1.2m.
Combo Ticket CNY 135, including the entrance fee, shuttle bus fee, and round-trip cable car fare
Opening Hours 8:00 - 16:00
Cableway Round-trip ticket: CNY 70
Single-trip ticket: CNY 35
- Last modified on Mar. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jiaozi Snow Mountain
Asked by Chirasak from THAILAND | Mar. 10, 2019 05:09Reply
Have snow at Kunming Jiaozi snow mountain in April ?
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Answered by Daniel from FRANCE | Mar. 11, 2019 02:14

There will be no snow in most parts and maybe you can see some on the top of the mountain.
Asked by Lisa ang from MALAYSIA | Mar. 05, 2019 16:31Reply
Jiaozi snow mountain. Im planning to go there on 18 march..
Is it ok if i bring my kids along 2 years old and 5yrs old.. and may i know how to get there from town?

One more thing what is the temperature on that time?
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Answered by Nina from CANADA | Mar. 05, 2019 18:59

You can take a bus to Wumeng Villiage or Xuexiang Villiage and then get off at Laoyakou or hire a private car to get there. It is too dangerous and difficult for 2 young children and the temperature may range from 5C - 15C.
Asked by Ahmad from MALAYSIA | Jan. 09, 2019 00:34Reply
We plan to travel to Jiaozi mountain on Mac 8, can we still see icefalls during this period?
Usually when it will last until? Thank you.
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Answered by Betty from CANADA | Jan. 10, 2019 01:02

I am afraid not. Generally speaking, you can see it during the winter season, such as December and January and February.
Answered by Ahmad from MALAYSIA | Jan. 10, 2019 16:08

Thank you Betty. There are sources that say until March, perhaps other have information. Please advice !
Asked by Sung from THAILAND | Dec. 15, 2018 00:53Reply
Where to take a bus to Jiaozi Mountain from Kunming?
I quite confuse that which is the correct bus station I should go to Jiaozi Mountain
1. Take a bus at North Railway station, bus departing at 7.30 and return at 16.00, ticket fare 110yuan or take a bust at KM Railway station, bus departing at 8.00 ?
2. Where is the bus from KM will stop ? At the entrance of Jiaozi Mountain or we have to hire the private car to the mountain?
4. Are they one-day trip tour from KM include all transportation and entrance fee to Jiaozi mountain?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paloma from ITALY | Dec. 20, 2018 00:53

1. You need to take a coach from North Coach Station to Zhuanlong Town first. The bus schedules are from 06:50 to 16:30.
2. After arriving at Zhuanlong, you need to hire a private car to the snow mountain.
3. About the fee of one day trip, you need to contact the travel agency by yourself. I am not sure whether they include the transportation and entrance fee or not.
Asked by Sung Sung from THAILAND | Dec. 08, 2018 23:50Reply
How can I go from Kunming Airport to North Railway station museum?
I will arrived the airport at 02.00 A.M and plan to go to Jiaozi mountain on the same day with 2 adults and 2 kids. Which is the best way and save cost to Jiaozi mountain from Airport.
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Answered by Yilia from USA | Dec. 10, 2018 19:01

The best way to save money is to take the metro. At first, the bus from the museum departs at about 07:30, so you need to get there before 07:30, so you must take the earliest metro line 6 at 06:20. First, take the metro line 6 at the airport and get off at East Bus Station. Then transfer to the metro line 3 and get off at Dongfeng Square. Then transfer to the metro line 2 and get off at North Railway Station. Then walk about 160 meters to the museum. The whole ride needs about 50 minutes. And you may get there at about 07:10.
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