The name sounds cool, isn’t it? Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the most southerly snowcapped mountain in the northern hemisphere. A popular hiking destination, famous for its amazing natural scenes, and is considered a sacred mountain among the local Naxi ethnic people.
It stretches approximately 35 kilometers from north to south with its highest peak called Shanzidou, reaching an altitude of 5,596 meters among 13 other peaks. The summit of the mountain can be seen on a clear day from the Old Town of Lijiang.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be reached by taking 7 seater minibus no# 7 at Red Sun Square where you will see the statue of Chairman Mao. It costs 20 Yuan each way and it takes approximately 40 minutes to get there.
We get to Red Sun Square by taking bus no# 13 for 1 Yuan since we stayed in the Jinhong Road near Wenzhi Lane. The entrance for to the park costs 130 Yuan per person and majority scenic areas to explore are Glacier Park, Ganhaizi Meadow, Spruce Meadow, Yak Meadow, and Blue Moon Valley.
We head to Blue Moon Valley right away and we are stunned with the color of the water in the lake.
The place is so relaxed and we spend quite a bit of time here. After a good rest, we hop the shuttle bus back to the main stop in order to get to our next scenic area. We decide to take the cable car to Spruce Meadow and it costs 55 Yuan round trip. Spruce meadow is located at an altitude of 3,240 meters surrounded by lofty spruces. This vast meadow is hidden behind ancient woods where I find it very peaceful and beautiful.
Unfortunately the cable car to the glacier park is closed due to some issues so we head back to Lijiang afterwards. Happy traveling.