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, Lijiang
A Bird's View of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Yulong Mountain, Yunnan
Shining Jade Dragon Mount in Sunshine
According to the research of geologists, for about 400 million years the area around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was the ocean and it was during the last 600 thousand years that the different landscapes had come into being because of the uprising of the lithosphere. Archaic legend about this mysterious and beautiful place goes like this: Once upon a time, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain were twins. They had lived on panning in Golden Sand River until one day an evil fiend usurped the river. The brothers were very brave and had a fierce fight with the fiend, Haba died in the fight and Jade Dragon drove off the fiend after wearing out 13 swords. For guarding the people and preventing the return of the fiend, Jade Dragon held the 13 swords in hands day and night. As time passed, the brothers had turned into the two snow mountains, and the 13 swords had become the 13 peaks. The mountain is a holy place for the local Naxi people not only because of the legend, but also because long time ago, it was a place for young lovers to sacrifice their young lives in honor of true love and to escape from the arranged marriages and feudal ethics.
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, Spruce Plateau (Yunshan Plateau) is grassland with gigantic spruces whilst Ganhaizi (Dry Sea Meadow) used to be a highland lake as its name tells, the meadow was formed after the water had dried up. Besides, the Glacier Park in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain consists of the Stone Caves formed by glacial erosion.
Climb up Yulong Mountain
Travelers at the 4,506-meter's Mt. Yulong
Transportation of Yulong Mountain
The Ropeway to Yulong Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is more than a ski resort but a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, hiking, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. Besides, widespread legends and myths of the Naxi ethnic minority and the unclimbed Shanzidou are all important attractive spots for those who come here.

How to get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

1. Take a bus at Yuhe Parking Lot near the northern gate of Lijiang Old Down. You can buy the ticket in Tourist Service Center at the northern end of Lanhua Street, opposite Tianyu Hotel. The bus leaves for the Snow Mountain at 8:30 and returns at 16:30; the bus fare costs CNY40 per person.
2. Take a taxi / car/ mini-van or carpool together from the downtown area. The distance is around 15 kilometers (10 miles). It takes around 40 minutes. The round-trip charter rate is around CNY 200.
Entrance Fee

CNY 100 for the entrance charge
CNY 280 for the Impression Lijiang Show
CNY 200 for a combo ticket (valid for two days). It includes the snow mountain, Yushui Village (also called Jade Water Village), Dongba Valley, Yufeng Temple, Yuzhu Qingtian Scenic Resort, Dongba Kingdom, Dongba Gods' Garden and Baisha Mural).

1. Tourists with the entrance tickets to the snow mountain can visit Ganhaizi Grassland and Blue Moon Valley for free.
2. Tourists are required to take the sight-seeing bus to reach the ropeway terminal. It costs CNY 20 per person.
3. The Glacier Park allows no more than 10,000 visitors a day.

Cable Car Glacier Park: CNY120 for the big ropeway (round-trip).
Yak Level Ground: CNY 45 for the middle ropeway (round-trip), CNY 22.5 for a single trip.
Spruce Level Ground: CNY 40 for the small ropeway (round-trip), CNY 20 for a single trip.

1. For the sake of the tourists' safety, they are suggested to buy the insurance (CNY 2) when they buy the ropeway tickets.
2. Children below 1 meter (3.3 feet) take the ropeway for free while those who are between 3.3 and 3.9 feet (1 and 1.2 meters) enjoy 50 percent discount.
3. Ropeway ticket office is open from 07:00 to 16:30.

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- Last modified on Feb. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Asked by Jane from MALAYSIA | Jan. 16, 2019 23:13Reply
Compare Oct & Nov, which month has the better chance to see snowfall at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain?
Answers (2)
Answered by Peyton from DENMARK | Jan. 17, 2019 17:48

Compared with October, there will have more chance to see snowfall in November or December.
Answered by chamath from SRILANKA | Feb. 08, 2019 03:56

go on December or January its really good

Asked by paul from THAILAND | Dec. 18, 2018 23:54Reply
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: Cable car renovation
Does the main cable car to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain still operate? I heard it's now under renovation
Answers (1)
Answered by Marley from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 19, 2018 22:49

I searched the latest information on the internet. The cable car still operates normally. Don't worry.
Asked by Vie from MALAYSIA | Dec. 02, 2018 17:20Reply
How much does it cost to take bus from Hongtaiyang Square to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain?
Do I pay the entrance fee, cable car and shuttle bus separately? How much is the latest fee?
Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Kent from USA | Dec. 03, 2018 19:44

The bus fee is CNY15 or so from the square to the snow mountain. And you need to pay separately. The entrance fee is CNY130; Big Jade Dragon scenic area: CNY230; shuttle bus is CNY20. Big Cable car is CNY180 for round-trip; Yunshanping Cable car is CNY55 for round trip; Maoniuping Cable Car is CNY60 for round trip.
Asked by Bran from JAPAN | Nov. 24, 2018 00:47Reply
Since the Impression Lijiang feature only 2 shows a day
may I know if there is any specific/recommended sequence to cover the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Impression Lijiang Show, Blue Moon Valley?
If I am going during Dec, non-peak? do I need to purchase all tickets 1 day in advance?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tommy from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 25, 2018 22:48

The show time of Impression Lijiang is at 12:50 and 14:30 and it is held at Ganhaizi Blue Moon Valley scenic area. You can go up by Big Cableway and watch the show when going down and then visit Blue Moon Valley. you don't need to book in advance.
Asked by nabilah rumainor from MALAYSIA | Nov. 08, 2018 09:27Reply
Does the entrance fee CNY 100 of Lijiang Jade Dragon Mountain included in the combo ticket, CNY200?
the combo ticket, 200 cny valid for 2 days right? means that we can enter the mountain for 2 days right?
Answers (3)
Answered by Elsa from CANADA | Nov. 08, 2018 19:56

Yes, the entrance fee CNY100 is included into the combo ticket CNY200 which is valid for 2 days and you can go on your trip to the mountain next day.
Answered by nabilah rumainor from MALAYSIA | Nov. 09, 2018 09:14

okay thanks a lot. the combo ticket does not include the cable car fare right? im planning to go to the glacier park one way only, is it possible?
Answered by Elsa | Nov. 11, 2018 17:42

Yes, the cable car is not included into the combo ticket. And you can only take the cable car up and down the snow mountain. There is no walking way.
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