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Spruce Plateau

spruce-plateau Spruce Plateau is a highland meadow situated on the mountainside of Shanzidou Peak (Fan Peak), the main peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

With an altitude of 3,100 meters, the meadow is surrounded by spruces and firs, forming an enchanting scene. Yaks, goats, and Lijiang horses herd in this meadow, adding much vitality. The meadow is so beautiful and serene that, for thousands of years, the Naxi people regarded it as the "Ideal Kingdom," an extremely saintly place. Lovers who wanted to be rid of the shackles of arranged marriage and seek their true love came here to sacrifice themselves.

spruce-plateau01Situated half way up the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, at an altitude of 3,100 metres (10,171 feet) is the famous land meadow called Spruce Plateau. The meadow covers an area of one square kilometer (240 acres) midway to Shanzidou Peak (Fan Peak), next to the Dry Sea.

As its name implies, Spruce Plateau is a pasture surround by a forest of gigantic and straight spruces and firs, just like a beautiful green skirt laced by the perfect chiffons. The verdurous grassland, exuberant spruce forest, holy snow mountain and the clean blue sky tier up and represent a majestic sight. Yaks, goats, and horses roam freely and play leisurely on the meadow. Ringdove, cuckoo, titmouse and many other unnamed birds fly and sing freely in the forest. The beauty of natural serenity and harmony are thoroughly demonstrated here.

Legends say that a long time ago, a couple of lovers named Kaimei and Yulepai committed suicide on Spruce Plateau because their love was not accepted by the common customs. After their death, their spirits entered a fantastic ideal world called the Third Kingdom of Jade Dragon and found their true free love. Everyone in that kingdom lived a happy and rich life without bondage, feudalistic crackdowns, or mundane annoyances. Local people believe that the Third Kingdom of Jade Dragon is a wonderland and sanctuary of lovers and that Spruce Plateau is the entrance of this ideal kingdom. Spruce Plateau is a large natural stage for the beautiful girls and handsome boys of the Naxi and Yi ethnic Minorities. Wearing colorful characteristic dresses and accoutrements, they are the most dazzling stars on this expansive grassland. You can sit there and enjoy the graceful dancing and fair-sounding singing, or take part in the frolicking crowds and be a member of them. Passionate and hospitable local people will make your journey a most warm and memorable one.

Traveler Reviews

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Olayemi A

5.0

The two day tour was all i needed. And they made it perfect. From the Badaling Great Wall, Changling Ming Tombs, Jade Factory and Tea Ceremony place to Forbidden City, and Summer Palace and Pearl Factory, it was wonderful.

JanetH944

5.0

I booked this tour last minute and did not regret it! The cost was minimal compared to the fun I had! First we toured the Forbidden City and our guide, Leo, was wonderful! He shared great knowledge and gave us time to explore on our own. Next we went to the Jade factory and was given a short tour followed by lunch there. The dining experience was wonderful and delicious. We then headed to the Great Wall and it was amazing! Although our time there was limited to two hours, it was just almost perfect. We ended the day with a tea sampling and shopping. I couldnt have asked for a more perfect first tour of China.

Colette K

5.0

On our recent trip we visited :
1) Badaling Great Wall and the Ming Tombs with Linda
2) Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace with Jackson
3) Zhujiajao Water Town with Jason
We were well looked after and driven everywhere as part of a small bus group and met some lovely people. The local Chinese lunches were particularly nice.

stephanie 

5.0

We had a 2-day tour with Tour Travel China.
The first day includes Badaling Great Wall and Changling Ming Tombs with visits to the Jade Factory and Tea Ceremony place.
The second day includes Tian An Men + Forbidden City, Tian Tan, and Summer Palace with visits to the Pearl Factory and Bao Shu Tang where we got a nice foot massage for only 20 Kuai. 
The itinerary and tour service, especially the first day with David were absolutely amazing! He is a great tour guide, with excellent command in English as well as a nice personality.
The second day with Paul was a little bit too fast for our liking. He spoke too fast and a little bit unclear, and seem like almost too in rush for anything so I think that could be improved in the future. The meal in our second day was amazing though! Delicious!
Thank you to you and all TTC team for helping our trip in Beijing much easier!

AnnemiekHK

5.0

Enjoyed a hiking day trip with Tour Travel China to the Great Wall at Jinshangling. This is a further away section but much quieter and definitely worth the extra travel. I visited Mitanyu previously which was very busy.
Two hikes were available 7km and 13km. I took the 7km which was still quite challenging. Spent 2.5 hours on the wall. It’s an amazing experience.
After hiking we had a late lunch at a local restaurant and then headed back to Beijing.
There is no shopping, although there are a few hawkers on the wall.
Make sure you take lots of water and sunscreen with you as it can get quite hot in Summer.
The tour guide and driver were excellent and can recommend this trip.
The travel time is quite long so bring a tablet and headphones to keep you entertained

calishandysg

5.0

We had a great 3-day tour. Most of it was a walking tour that required stamina. The cost was a good deal that included 3 lunch meals.
The tour guides Yoyo, Irish and Vik were very knowledgable about their history. Their English was good, but at times could not understand their accent. 
The Lunch for the 3 days were good but on the 2nd and 3rd day, we were brought to the same restaurant. The service in the Great wall restaurant was good. Food was prepared on the table when we arrived. Unlike in the 2nd restaurant, food was served one at a time, hence time-consuming.
The mandatory stops, total of 5 in 3days: Jade factory, Tea factory, Pearl factory, Silk factory, Foot massage were informative but the time spent there could have been added for picture-taking in the tourist places.
The 24-hour hotline was veey helpful for queries.
Overall, Tour travel China met our travel expectations.
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