Jade Dragon Snow Mountain symbol of Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Lijiang Yunnan
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is majestic and mystical. Like a dragon protecting the city of Lijiang and the Jinsha River, this mountain's snowy peaks provide a splendid setting. With an inimitable variety of plants and animals, this is a paradise for hikers. It is possible to walk on foot or ride on horseback to access this site for extraordinary view. The Temple of the Jade Summit, at the foot of the mountain, is one of the few lamaseries in the valley of Lijiang. Created by the sect of the Red Caps, it is the perfect example of the coexistence of religions in the Naxi culture. The garden of the temple is also worth visiting, especially in spring when its camellias bloom in multiple colors.

A Local Legend

Once upon a time, the Jade Dragon and the Haba were twins. They lived peacefully in the bed of the Jinsha River until a monster came to usurp the river. The brothers were very brave, and they fought a fierce battle with the monster. Unfortunately, Haba died in the combat. Jade Dragon finally managed to hunt the monster with 13 swords. To keep the people safe and prevent the return of the monster, the dragon jade continued to fly over the region with 13 swords in his hands day and night. Over time, the brothers merged into one, and 13 swords became the 13 peaks. This is the story of the creation of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains from the local population. This story has nothing to do with the history of the creation of the world, which tells how this place was covered by an ocean some 400 million years ago.

Meadows of the Mountain

Jade Dragon Mountain is a huge park with the highest peaks exceeding 5,500 meters. Its flora and fauna are of unparalleled richness. Indeed, it is more than 3,200 varieties of plants, some medicinal are listed in this park. There are rare plants and a large variety of flowers such as azaleas and lilies. The park also protects the unaltered areas of nature that can be visited at three locations: the Dry Sea (Gan Haizi), Spruce Meadow (Yunshan Ping) and Yak Meadow (Maoniu Ping). The three sites are accessible by cable car and each offer a unique landscape. The first meadow is the lowest, as it extends in a vast plain to 3,050 meters. The second is 4,506 meters high and covers the trails leading to one of the glaciers of the mountain. Here, the view is superb on the valley below and the other peaks surrounding the glacier. Finally, the third prairie is located 3,500 meters above sea level but offers a variety of hiking activities and some of the finest views of Yunnan.

A Particular Climate

Yunnan is known to be subject to the moods of the weather. It vividly describes the situation around Lijiang and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Indeed, covered with clouds, the peaks of the mountain is not always visiable. Do not be disappointed if you cannot see the snow-capped peaks during your trip to Lijiang. To climb this snowcapped mountain during any time of the year, be prepared for either a strong spring breeze or cold winter.

Temple of the Jade Summit

As one of the seven lamaseries built in the Qing dynasty, Jade Summit Temple (Yufeng Temple) belongs to the sect of the Red Caps of Lijiang. Located in the valley of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, near the Baisha village, the temple offers a beautiful view of the valley. It is also famous for the thousands of camellias grown on the hillside. The camellia tree was planted there during the Ming Dynasty; thus, its presence is older than the temple itself. The best time to visit the temple of the Jade Summit is spring. Visitors will then bath in a sea of flowers. This temple is dedicated to the mountain god and lord of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Therefore, in the main part of this sacred temple, there is the statue of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. In all of the rest of buildings, Naxi and Han Taoist combination of Tibetan architecture is easily visible. It is a witness of the coexistence of different religions in the Naxi culture. Although framed in an idyllic setting with the snow peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, it is this specific architecture makes this temple truly unique.

Museum of Dongba Culture

The park of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a witness of the Naxi culture, the Museum of Dongba Culture. This living museum presents the shamanic traditions called Dongba particular culture. This culture is based on a polytheistic religion and transmitted to people by shamans.


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