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 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.
How to get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
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.
|Entrance Fee|| |
CNY 100 for entrance fee.
|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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