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 Oct. 28, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Asked by Will from MALAYSIA | Oct. 27, 2019 05:45Reply
what is the cost for a private or sharing day trip to Jade dragon Mountain from Lijiang old town?
Price for adult and children
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Answered by Lisa from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 28, 2019 23:20

The fare could be CNY300/car. The most common way is to take direct bus from Red Sun square in Lijiang to the mountain. It costs CNY15/person.
Asked by MO from THAILAND | Oct. 14, 2019 17:39Reply
Is it possible to get to Jade dragon snow mountain without tour group
I read some comment on the internet.they said that right now If you don’t join a group tour, you cannot find cable car ticket. and the only way to get the ticket is to buy online?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sidney from UKRAINE | Oct. 14, 2019 23:38

Oh, you can tour around the mountain without tour group. But as I know, you can only purchase the cable car ticket on the spot. :)
Asked by jiw from THAILAND | Oct. 02, 2019 00:11Reply
How much is ticket for IMPRESSION WULONG show?
IMPRESSION WULONG ticket for adult.
Answers (1)
Answered by Justin from MALAYSIA | Oct. 09, 2019 20:59

The price ranges from CNY200-680 based on different view.
Asked by bunzie from MALAYSIA | Sep. 27, 2019 22:46Reply
is safe 4 years boy to came along tour around Jade Dragon Snow Mounjtain?
i will came here in april, is safe / ok to bring my son 4years old here?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sophia from FRANCE | Sep. 29, 2019 19:58

I'm not clear about your boy's body condition but you better be careful. You can take him travel around the foot of mountain to see whether he can adapt to it.
Asked by Lina from MALAYSIA | Sep. 23, 2019 04:22Reply
How to get to jade dragon snow mountain from Kunming?
And how many hours...
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Answered by Ross from CANADA | Sep. 25, 2019 19:01

You need to get to Lijiang first. If you take long-distance bus, it takes around 8 hours. Then you can hire a car to the mountain.
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