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The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain lies about 15km to the north of Lijiang and can be seen clearly from the town, especially from the Black Dragon Pool Park. Its highest peak, named Shanzidou, has an elevation of 5,596m or 18,359ft. The 13 peaks, which have the altitudes of at least 4,000 meters, are covered by snow all year round; the mountain is 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.

Instead of trekking up the mountain, you can simply take a cable car to an elevation of 4506m where walkways lead to awesome glacier views plus superb views of the main peak. Take bus No.7 (Y10) from Xin Dajie, before the Mao statue, in a small bus station on the same side of the road as the statue (sit on the driver?s side for the best views). It takes about an hour to get to the park entrance where you'll have to pay Y190 (not cheap! But I think the ticket lasts for two days). The bus will then drop you off outside the Visitor's Centre (see next tip).

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  • Written May 11, 2009
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