4 Days of the Laojun Mountain
The Laojun Mountain scenic area is an important part of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain scenic area. You are recommended to visit the Laojun Mountain in May when the azaleas bloom.
In the morning of the first day, hire a car (landrover is suggested) to drive to the Dragons Resort, with an elevation of 4,000 meters (13,123 feet). The distance is 109 kilometers (68 miles) and it will take you about 4 hours to reach there. Upon arrival, have a short rest and start the hiking. Walk west for about one hour, you will arrive at the famous Ninety-nine Vauclusian Springs. In the valley whose altitude is over 3800 meters (12,467 feet), there are tens of lakes and marshes on the northeast of the main ridge of Laojun Montain. They distribute along the stream, so they are called the Ninety-nine Vauclusian Springs. On the way, you will also see nine boulders. With various shapes, they are shrouded in mystery. The local people call them “Jiuzi Stones”. Enjoy the splendid landscape of the lakes on the plateau. These erosion lakes of varying size and shapes present gorgeous colors of blue, orange, yellow and green as the sunshine fall on through leaves and petals. Continue to hike for another 1 hour to arrive at the pure, quiet and charming Sister Lake, the Holy Virgin Lake and the Sancai Lake. After having a rest and taking the lunch near the lakes at the altitude of 3890 meters (12,762 feet), head for the Elong Lake. You will spend 4 hours to hike for 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). Stay overnight in the camp on the way.
The river surrounded by the Laojun Mountain
Continue the hiking in the morning of the second day. Trek for 5 hours and arrive at the Elong Lake with the altitude of 3290 meters (10,793 feet). Take a rest and the lunch beside the lake. Then go on hiking another 5 hours to the Small Bridge. You are supposed to walk for 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles). Take a car for half an hour to the Liju Village. You can taste the characteristic dinner of Lisu Minority. After diner, you may have a chance to take part in the local campfire party. Stay overnight in the village.
On the third day, take a car from Liju Village for about 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) to the Spun Gold Factory where the gold diggers have ever left their footprints. It will take you about 1.5 hours on the way. After walking and climbing along the path in the virgin forest for about 4 hours, you will arrive at the Observation Station of the Golden Monkey. Accommodate yourself here.
On the last day, starting from the observation station, tramp for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) to Sancha River. Afterwards, drive for one hour to the Taoyuan Village where the folk houses of Bai Minority gather. You can have your lunch with the local Bai people's family and find out their customs. Continue to drive for 1.5 hours to the Stone Drum Town and the First Bend of the Yangtze River. After visiting, it takes about 1 hour for you to drive back to Lijiang.
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