The Snow mountain of Jade Dragon
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest peak, the mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name.
It looks really impressive, a very beautiful scenery, worth seeing and capturing, and yes very cold up there in shadows, I went there in September, I felt very cold but enjoyed a lot. People came in groups, with guide and without, I went up with my guide book, because I avoid groups, but in this place you can’t avoid group. Such a large number of people visits the mountain every day.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. In fact, one fourth of all plant species in China can be found here and 20 primeval forest communities shelter a big family of 400 types of trees and 30 kinds of animals which are protected by the state. These species live in different temperature levels and create different kinds of views. The 13 peaks, which have the altitudes of at least 4,000 meters, are covered by snow all year round; the mountain is also called the “Natural Glacier Museum” for it has all types of glacier.
After reach the top, I felt very relaxing, a feeling of conqueror, and very proud because I added one more 4000m peak in my list. Transport system is not good to the base, It always trouble the travelers but when you glance the mountain from far, it will forget all of your troubles. Therefore the locals called it the holy place.