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 Jul. 19, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Asked by Kate from MALAYSIA | Feb. 02, 2020 01:03Reply
Join a group tour when touring around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
How much is the cost per person for a join in group tour to snow mountain, inclusive of all fees ? Is it very crowded during late December to early January ? Do I need to book in advance or book only when arrive there ? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Isabel from CANADA | Feb. 02, 2020 16:52

Well, I am afraid that different tour group have different prices. As I know, there would be many tourists during that period of time. Thus you are suggested to book in advance.
Asked by Lina from UKRAINE | Jan. 17, 2020 01:32Reply
Hello, do you know will it be possible to get Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on Chinese New Year?
January, 25th
Answers (1)
Answered by Gary from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 18, 2020 17:13

It might be difficult to buy the entry ticket so you need to book in advance.
Asked by sanal nandakumar from SINGAPORE | Dec. 23, 2019 21:10Reply
We're going to lijiang next week.
Would like to visit jade dragon snow mountain and take the cable car to top. Just read somewhere that its not possible to buy cable car ticket as individual. Do we need to join any group tour to take the cable car?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nathan from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 25, 2019 00:06

No, you don't need to. But sometimes, as I know, it would be cheaper if you join in a group.
Asked by Lia from INDONESIA | Dec. 12, 2019 20:29Reply
does anyone know if we can get to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Zhongyi Market?
Or is there any more convinient way to get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang Ancient Town?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from MALAYSIA | Dec. 16, 2019 00:51

The most common and convenient way is to hire a car to there. Or you can join a group tour.
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