Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Also known as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the snowcapped Yulong Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and plants.
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Rowan B
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We got the 101 tourist bus from near the waterwheel in Lijiang Old Town (follow signs for 'bus station', it will take you to a bus stop). The bus was 15RMB per person one way. On the way the bus will stop and someone will board and you'll buy the entrance ticket for 100RMB. Then the bus will continue and drop you at the tourist centre. Once you go through the maze of shops and restaurants you can buy cable car tickets and go to the shuttle bus terminal. The cable car up the mountain was 120RMB, but as it was a cloudy day we didn't feel it was worth it.
We rode the shuttle bus (20RMB) to the mountain cable car stop, but stayed on and then it dropped us at Blue Moon Valley. We had a nice walk around the lake with some good views of the mountain. But the lake is artificial so it feels a bit strange and fake. We thought we could ride the shuttle bus to the Spruce and Yak meadows to see some more views, but were told we could only go if we had a cable car ticket for those areas, so ended up going back to the visitor centre.
Overall, we felt underwhelmed and disappointed. I'm sure once upon a time this was a beautiful place, but now it's so commercialised it's lost it's beauty. It's full of tourists and buses, not as peaceful as you'd hope. On a clear day I think the experience would be better.
Written May 9, 2021
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SylviaMao
Mamaroneck, NY180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Mountain is beautiful, but the tourist experience is not. We thought about booking a tour package but that’s not open to foreigners right now due to special passport checks needed for foreigners. We took a taxi to the mountain ourselves. The cable car to the top was sold out, but we got tickets to cable car to the lower checkpoint at Spruce Meadow (can buy tickets as long as you show passport and green health code). Cost per person was 50 RMB entrance, 20 RMB for bus inside the park and 40 RMB for cable car. Altogether including the taxi for 2 people approximately US$50, so not expensive and much cheaper than tour package. But experience was very touristy - walking around spruce meadow (very pretty) itself was approx 40 mins, but waiting for cable cars and busses was more than an hour. It was “Instagram world” with lots of people taking wedding photos etc with photographers in tow. We are staying at a lodge near the mountain and in retrospect should have just hiked around the mountain base ourselves. We didn’t buy any of the air cans and were fine, long sleeved shirt and pants also sufficient though we didn’t go to the top.
Written August 5, 2020
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Loboto
Norcross8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Tourist trap! Avoid!
The worst place during our lljiang trip.
The view outside the park is better than inside. They first charge 100 rbm for the park ticket but it is not all you will pay. Then for each attraction spot, they ask you to buy each bus ticket to and then you need take the bus back to where you bought the ticket even the next attraction is just down the road. And they closed one cable car the day we went but there is no sign for the closing at the ticket place. We bought bus ticket to one of the cable car riding places then found out it was closed. It was noon we decide to try one of the two remaining cable cars but was told all sold out!! So we spend 100 yuan to enter the park just saw the blue moon valley which is main made very small lake full of the people! And many people take over the front rows and dress up big bright custom to take wedding or web posting pictures. And they had fancy lighting equipment set up there. There is very hard to take a picture without those people or their equipment in it. Typical Chinese tour place problems. There are quite trash inside the lake. The stairs and waterfall are made made too. There are several young U.S. tourist bought their oxygen bottles but could n’t get any cable car tickets too. Someone told us there are tickets but you have to get them through tour agents.
The ticket not allowed to re-enter for next day either. Just totally waste of entrance tickets. We are very disappointed!
Written May 16, 2024
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Allan & Amy T
Edmonton, Canada374 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We paid a revisit to the mountain as we were here twenty years ago. Things have changed significantly. Though the cable car is the same, all the wooden houses, on the right side of the walkway have disappeared. The eatery place is replaced by modern shops selling icecream,ginger coke and tasty meat skewers.

However we were not as lucky this time,as one ascend higher up we were met with fog and rain drizzle, we were not able to see the snow covered mountain top.

We walk up to the monastery which is still there which is under renovation. We noticed there were lots of young people carrying the oxygen nebulizer and we were lucky we did not experience any high altitude sickness. It appears the Jade Mountain is a popular spot for newly weds as we saw at least three to four married couples with their painstaking efforts trying to walk towards their destination to have their wedding photos taken. We were blessed the temperature was just right not in heat or cold,it was at 16C which was very comfortable.

There is also a lake on the left on the walkway which we hiked up the last time but we did not do it due to time limitation.
Written June 17, 2024
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Gaspard LS
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Be aware that one needs to book its ticket one day in advance, otherwise one would not be allowed to purchase the cable car ticket. The wechat page of the Jade dragon mountain is where one can book, either by calling the visitor center (08888889999) or through chatting with the bot and sending pictures of the passport.
Apart from that the mountain looked beautiful from below. Hopefully we'll manage to go up another time.
Written December 20, 2020
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Graeme D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
What an amazing trip. Words cannot describe this experience. It is a must do if in Lijiang. We booked with a local tour company through our hotel. It was very easy. Get the oxygen canisters it makes the journey up much easier. In August you don't need the heavy coats.
Written August 8, 2021
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Lola3455
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We loved this mountain visit. It was such a fun day out.

No English signs or help meant a slight panic when we discovered the other people in our cable car all had oxygen containers tucked into their bags and we had none and were on the way up. They also didn't speak English so it was a nerve racking ride.

The hyperbaric chamber at the top wasn't so assuring either. However we could breathe fine and the view was lovely. Most of the Chinese sucked away on their oxygen containers. They do also sell oxygen at the top. The mountain is pretty high around 5500metres (18300ft) and you can climb quite a long way from the cable car up stairs although the air is thin and we did get a headache.

The marble vomit bowls at the bottom are a nice touch as the cable car does descend very fast and many people used these and some also missed. We seemed ok also and didn't vomit.

Despite all if this we had an awesome day and I would highly recommend this mountain visit to everyone. There is something the Chinese do very well and its let people explore their own limits. I would go back! We would all go back. Such a fun day out.

We then went on to Blue Moon Valley on the bus which was stunning - words can't describe the beauty.
Written January 23, 2024
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Agnieszka W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We took a taxi ordered by our hotel for 200 rmb. Tickets were available with no problems. No long lanes to bus or cableway. Maybe because the weather was not so good. But up was really fantastic, oxygen can is needed. It's difficult to climb at this altitude. We were very satisfied with the visit.
Written June 29, 2021
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William T
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The cable ride was very exciting to bring us up there. The view is beyond expectations freezing and it was so cold that both my hands were numb. We brought our oxygen canister to our breathing luckily everything went well. Highly recommended to visit l for will come again. Extremely miracle!!
Written December 23, 2023
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
It is not difficult to visit this place on your own. Sharing my experience below:

How to get there:
Take a cab to Hongtaiyang Square (红太阳广场), where there is a distinctive statue of Mao Zedong. In Lijiang, cab runs on meter, which is great for tourists. Fyi, within the city, cab fare is around 10rmb. At the square, look out for the parked mini vans across the road. These vans have sign boards (玉龙雪山) indicating the destination. It only departs when full (about 6 person). Vans leave as early as 7am, fare 20-25rmb, journey about 50 mins to 1 hour, depending on traffic..

Exploring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain:
Once there, you need to purchase the entrance ticket (130rmb) at the ticket office. If you intend to watch the Lijiang Impression Show, it is better to get the ticket first. The show ticket office is opposite the main building across the road. See my separate review of the show.

I left my hotel at 8:00am, but only managed to visit the Glacier Park, watched the 1:30pm Lijiang Impression Show and then visited the Blue Moon Valley (see my separate reviews) for the day. By the time I left Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, it was already 5:15pm.

Exploring Glacier Park:
To visit the main attraction Glacier Park, you need to pay 200rmb (180 rmb for 2-way cable car to glacier park and 20 rmb for the eco bus). At the main building, take the eco bus to the Glacier Park cable car station, journey about 20 mins. As I visited in end Sep (low peak season), queue was short, less than 10 mins.

Cable car brought me to the observation platform, 4,506m above sea level. There were stairs to climb to reach the higher peak at 4,680m. As the air was thin, this short climb was the longest I took, around 50 mins. I needed to rest every 20 to 30 steps to catch my breath. I also used the portable oxygen can bought the previous day in Lijiang. I was fortunate it was a clear day, with blue sky and panoramic view of the mountain. In between breaks, I enjoyed the beautiful view with many photo shoots. Around 12pm, I took the eco bus and headed back to the mountain base to watch the Lijiang Impression Show.

My tips after my experience:
1. Almost all local tourists bought a portable oxygen can. I only saw a few tourists without one. Is it necessary? My suggestion is to get 1 for peace of mind. You never know if you will experience high-altitude sickness until you are there. I purchased a can at a Lijiang pharmacy, cost 35rmb. I then noticed there were many shops at Lijiang ancient town selling for 20rmb. Don’t be pressured to purchase at one stop-over shop selling for 100 to 130rmb, claiming theirs were much more superior. They even suggest to purchase 2 cans as 1 is not enough. This is not true, as I didn’t use up 1 can. Fyi. my brother bought the 100rmb can. I tried both, ie 35rmb and 100rmb cans, but couldn’t feel any difference.

2. Majority of local tourists also rented the down jacket. I regretted renting one (50rmb) at the stop-over shop. It really wasn’t necessary if you brought sufficient warm clothings, gloves and raincoat. I already brought them but was persuaded to rent one. Save the 50rmb.

3. To avoid long queues for eco buses and cable cars, it is best to visit during the low peak season. Else start your tour as early in the morning as possible.

4. If your travel plan is flexible, visit this mountain on a clear day for best view & photography. Check the weather forecast first.

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Written October 4, 2017
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