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Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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Owner description: Also known as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the snowcapped Yulong Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and plants.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Lovely afternoon!”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Top Tip - come at the end of the day! We went quite late, and took the cable car up to the meadow overlooking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. My tour group was almost the only people up there, and we certainly took the last cable car down, as the staff closed up behind us!

The views are worth going for - both on the meadow for the mountain views, and also in the valley for the beautiful colours of the glacial melt-water forming the streams and lakes in the valley.

Visited April 2014
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“Must experience”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

We went to the Yak Meadow to view the mountain and this was one of my all time favorite life experiences. There is a bus ride up and around a valley from the park entrance, past old rural villages and stunning scenery. Then you get to a chairlift. Although I don't like heights, this was a fine lift. The cars are open air, but enclosed at the bottom and not too high off the ground. Actually, it is a beautiful trip along the tree tops! The meadow really does have yaks, and sheep and a Buddhist temple to stop by. The Yulong mountain often is shrouded in clouds, but hopefully you can get glimpses of the stunning 18,000 ft peak. The locals sell yummy grilled potatos which make a nice snack. Combining this with a stop in Baisha village on the way back to Lijiang, this outing is really the essence of this part of the world: the Tibetan plateau and minority peoples.

Visited June 2014
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“The peaceful Yak Meadow”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Yak Meadow (or MaoNiuPing in Chinese) is a lovely quiet grass field inside Jade Dragon Mountain (or YuLong in Chinese). There are only few tourists, as there's hardly any tourist agency tours organized to this spot in Lijiang. If you are from a mountainous place like Switzerland or Sweden maybe is not that gorgeous, otherwise, is really cool!!

How to go and prices:
We started in the city if Lijiang.
Go to the Mao Zedong's statue square in the north of the city just outside the old town. Just in front of the statue there are several minivans marked with the number 7 (there's no bus number 7 anymore). For 20 Yuan each person they drive you to the mountain in 30 minutes, although you need to wait a little until the minivan is full with 7 tourists.
On the way to the mountain, the minivan will stop in the toll entrance where you have to buy the Lijiang City fee if you haven't done it before (80 Yuan, also valid for other attractions in the area like the Black Dragon Pool) and the Jade Dragon Mountain fee (105 Yuan, half price for students).
Once you arrive to the Mountain entrance, walk 5 minutes to the Visitors Center, where you have to buy the bus ticket for the whole park (20 Yuan) and, in this case, the cable car to the Yak Meadow (60 Yuan return ticket).
The bus to the Yak Meadow and the cable car up the mountain take around 1 hour.
On the Yak meadow there's almost no tourists, is really peaceful, with a cool Buddhist temple and a 1 hour stroll in a wooden path to check the beautiful views and the furry yaks!
To go to other spot in the Mountain, take the cable car back and wait some minutes until the bus departs, I think every 30 minutes.

On the way back we stopped in the White River (free!), which is awesome, although full of tourists.

Visited July 2014
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“Amazing & Picturesque View at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Impression Lijiang, Blue Moon Valley & Bai Shui Terrace are all located at the same area, with one main entrance ticket (RMB 105 per person). It would be very rush if you squeeze all scenic attractions within one day. Should you need to rush, you MUST begin with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, followed by Impression Lijiang, Blue Moon Valley & Bai Shui Terrace.

Reason being, the strong wind picks up generally from noon till afternoon and the cable car ride may cease anytime (which our group unfortunately encountered this which I will share later). You then need to rush hiking to some view points at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Trust me; it took us about 3 hours plus (up and down 190 metres elevation) to the highest point of 4,680 metres due to the thin air. This excludes time require for the short bus ride (20 minutes) and cable car ride up (30 minutes).

We were dropped off at the carpark, nearest to the cable car ticket counter, took the bus towards Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It was an upward, curvy 20 minutes bus ride.

We can feel the altitude rising (from 2,400 metres) and when the bus alighted, we were already at 3,356 metres above sea level (Entrance of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Cable Car Station). We joined the queue and boarded the cable car excitedly (Brrr ... it was 1 degree in the morning during winter).

We enjoyed our scenic 30 minutes cable car ride as the altitude increased with an additional 1,156 metres (I must say this is acute increase within a 30 minutes cable car ride, keep swallowing your saliva).

TIP 8: You can purchase oxygen tank at any mini-mart in Dayan or Shuhe Old Town for below RMB 20. Else, at the entrance point (3,356 metres point), there is a shop selling at RMB 60 per oxygen tank. It is strongly encouraged that each also carries a bottle of water and a chocolate bar as these will help to curb AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). Lastly, your sun block.

At 4,506 metres above sea level of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you will be awed by her magnificent and holy presence. The mountain range is 35 kilometres long, 20 kilometres wide and the highest peak in the range is Shanzidou which as a height of 5,596 meters above sea level. All together, there are 13 peaks in the range.

Of course, we will hike up to the highest point of 4,680 metres. Well, please do not underestimate 190 metres. It took us 1hr 45 minutes, to walk up. The time taken was not due to “the photo snapping” along the hike (we only snap while, we are resting. ha-ha).

It was a challenge to hike 190 metres at high altitude, under extreme thin air condition. You can literally feel your lungs “screaming for oxygen”. The views were amazing & spectacular as we hiked up towards 4,680 metres.

TIP: The air is extremely thin at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Even you are physically very fit, you should not to rush up or stop too long during your break. The trick is to MAINTAIN a slow hike up with steady breathing. Also, go visit the toilet before the climb.

Should you feel unwell, have some chocolate and descend slowly as well. There is a first aid counter at the station which will assist you. Finally after 1 hour 45 minutes, we reached 4,680 metres point (the highest view point accessible by tourists). It was an exhilarating feeling (totally breathless ha-ha).

After spending 30-45 minutes at the highest view point, we began our hike down. Thinking it would be easier (perhaps, just 30 minutes). Again, we were wrong (ha-ha). It took us another 1 good hour, to go down to the cable car station. We were advised by the local tour guides, to descend at a slow and steady rate.

Visited December 2013
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“Disappointing trip ”
Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We came here as part of a tour from a well regarded an international travel agent. Our itinerary said we would go to 4500m. In reality we only visited the spruce meadow at 3200m. You take a cable car up here and walk through a forest for 10 minutes till you get to a field. There is a wooden walkway around - which you can't leave and some views of the mountain. But it also has a number of tourist shops.

Overall it's ok but not hugely impressed and we didn't see anything like in the pictures shown on here.

Be very careful about the tour you get.

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