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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

jade-dragon-snow-mountain01The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is 5,600 meters (18,400 ft) in altitude and the best-known massif in the province. First climbed in the 1960s, its 13 peaks are mantled with permanent snow.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is home to half of Yunnan's 13,000 plants species, 400 kinds of trees, dozens of flower types, and one-third of China's known species of medicinal herbs and plants. Its many ravines, creeks, cliffs, and meadows all have Naxi names and are settings for the myths and legends of these people, who have made the plain their homeland for a thousand years.

jade-dragon-snow-mountainStill heavily forested, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain bursts into bloom every spring when the camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas start flowering. Herders take their cattle, goats, sheep, and yaks to graze on its slopes. In autumn, a portion of the pines turns amber yellow, while the leaves on deciduous trees present patches of orange, bright yellow, and scarlet.

15 kilometers north of Lijiang County Town, this magnificent snow-capped mountain sprawls 35 kilometers from north to south. Owing to the different altitudes of the mountain part, a combination of multifarious climates and temperatures is conspicuous and is attributed to the mountain modern oceanic glacial period. The mountain is a well-known habitat of azaleas and rhododendrons. Thanks to the cableway of 2968 meters, tourists can easily reach the spot, which is 4500m above sea level, to enjoy the perpetual snow there.

The Dongba Culture of the Naxi ethnic group has been known as an invaluable treasure of Chinese heritage. The Naxi have a long history of civilization. It is the Naxi Dongba religion that has created the Dongba culture. It includes hieroglyphs, scriptures of Dongba religion, Dongba paintings, Dongba music and dances, etc.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Mountain is now a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research, and holidays.

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