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
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Yulong Mountain, Yunnan
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 18 kilometers (11 miles). It takes around 40 minutes. The round-trip charter rate is CNY 200 to 300.

Opening Hours

8:00 – 18:30 (Ticketing stops at 16:30.)

Ticket Price:

Entrance Fee

CNY 100 for entrance fee.
CNY 280 for the Impression Lijiang Show
CNY 204 for a combo ticket (valid for 7 days). It includes the snow mountain, Yushui Village (Jade Water Village), Dongba Valley, Yufeng Temple, Yuzhu Qingtian Scenic Area, Dongba Kingdom, Dongba Gods' Garden, Baisha Murals, and Sisters Lake).

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 sightseeing 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: CNY180 for the big ropeway (round-trip).
Yak Meadow: CNY 60 for the middle ropeway (round-trip).
Spruce Meadow: CNY 55 for the small ropeway (round-trip).

1. For the sake of the tourists' safety, they are suggested to buy the insurance (CNY 2) when buying the ropeway tickets.
2. Children below 1 meter (3.3 feet) can take the ropeway for free while those who are between 1 and 1.2 meters (3.3 and 3.9 feet) enjoy 50% discount.
3. Ropeway ticket office is open from 7:00 to 16:00.

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- Last updated on Nov. 21, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Asked by Tom from THAILAND | Nov. 16, 2023 08:07Reply
When is the cable car closed for maintenance? or It is operated daily all year round
Answers (2)
Answered by James | Nov. 19, 2023 21:39

The maintenance time differs every year. In 2023, it stopped service between October 12-22.
Answered by Tom | Nov. 21, 2023 06:04

Thank you very much for your reply. I plan to visit this December
Asked by paopao from THAILAND | Sep. 11, 2023 18:21Reply
Ticket, senior discount.
Is there any discount for entrance ticket for seniors age 60 at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain , Lijiang?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma | Sep. 12, 2023 02:26

Chinese seniors above 60 can enjoy 50% off discount. However, I'm not sure about foreign senior visitors.
Asked by Silvi from INDONESIA | Jul. 24, 2023 08:18Reply
Where to buy the Cable Car ticket online ?

We are planning to go to Jade Snow Mountain on Nov. May I know where to buy the ticket online ?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Jul. 24, 2023 20:26

You may book it on its official website, or official WeChat Account.
Asked by Cindy Chimonides from CANADA | May. 07, 2023 17:25Reply
Advance ticket or at the spot?
My husband and I will be going to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Oct 2023. Do we need to buy cable car tickets in advance or can we buy it when we get there? Is it going to be a long line up for the cable car? Is one full day enough to see the Glacier Park, Blue Moon Valley and Spruce Meadow?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | May. 07, 2023 23:52

Yes, booking cable car tickets at least 1-3 days in advance is necessary and there are some people lining for the cable car. One day is a little tight to cover all the classic sights. However, it is possible if you are in good physical strength.
Asked by Meemee from THAILAND | Mar. 23, 2023 00:53Reply
How do we book the glacier park ropeway ticket online?
Answers (3)
Answered by Bruce | Mar. 23, 2023 20:21

You can book it on the official WeChat account. But it's in Chinese. Maybe you can ask help from someone speaking Chinese.
Answered by RoboTIng | May. 02, 2023 00:11

Could you tell me the official account name?
Answered by Bruce | May. 03, 2023 23:34

It's Li Jiang Yu Long Xue Shan.
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