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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xue Shan)

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almost up there, seen from the cable car

No matter how much I like Chinese food, I was happy to enjoy a solid breakfast with sausages, eggs, bacon and bread this morning! And decent coffee! The sky was clear but it was obvious that it was cold outside. It looked like it had been freezing, by the ice crystals on the grass around the hotel. That would not be so strange because Lijiang is situated at an elevation of about 2,400 meters.

And today we would get much higher than that!

In the morning, Mr. Zhang and the driver came punctually on time to pick us up. Let me tell you first that we have been so happy with this guy. He was a graduate in tourism from the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, who had been working here for about half a year now. A gentle nice guy, who spoke a few words of English.

the summits, the highest one is 5,596 m or 18,360 ft
Very patient and most important of all: he understood and respected that we were not here to be shown to the tourist traps and souvenir shops. At no single time at all, has he even attempted to lure us into any place like that. We very very much appreciated this, and we deeply enjoyed his pleasant way of giving information and helping me struggling with my Mandarin.

I will keep the text in this page of my blog limited. It is better to watch the pictures. We were picked up and we drove out of town. After about 10 minutes we stopped at some sort of a shop, where we rented thick coats and small bottles of oxygen. Then we left the valley. We drove up the spectacular winding toll road into the mountains, until we arrived at the station of the first cable car.

the back of the Jade Dragon
The tour continued by three different stages of cable cars, until we reached the mountain station, at approximately 4,400 meters elevation.

We left the cable car and were in the middle of a snowy plateau, where quite a few Chinese tourists were walking, most of them in the same red warm coats as mine. The air was thin and it made me dizzy. I guess I am particular vulnerable for it, coming from one of the flattest countries on earth, living six meters below sea level. From the station, there is a walk way in the form of boardwalks and stairs, up to the highers point that visitors are allowed to go. My friend did not feel going up there and waited at the mountain station, and Zhang and I started to walk up. I was way too enthusiatic in the beginning and found myself quite dizzy again. A few sniffs from the oxygen bottle did the job, and I did not faint. We continued up there, and reached the end.

I can try to describe how lucky we were with the weather (it is very often covered in clouds and fog) and I cannot even begin to try describing how beautiful it was. I am not going to try, because even now i have no words for it. I suggest you just look at the gallery with this page of my blog... 

westwind57 says:
Thanks, Sue :)
Posted on: Oct 23, 2014
mountaingirl says:
Awesome pictures :)
Posted on: Oct 23, 2014
westwind57 says:
Thanks Jennifer :)
Posted on: Jun 14, 2012
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almost up there, seen from the cab…
almost up there, seen from the ca…
the summits, the highest one is 5,…
the summits, the highest one is 5…
the back of the Jade Dragon
the back of the Jade Dragon
my friend and our fantastic guide …
my friend and our fantastic guide…
my friend stayed at the mountain s…
my friend stayed at the mountain …
the boardwalk from the mountain st…
the boardwalk from the mountain s…
the glacier
the glacier
about half way on the board walk
about half way on the board walk
breathtaking
breathtaking
further up the boardwalk
further up the boardwalk
sometimes literally breathtaking
sometimes literally breathtaking
as high as you can get
as high as you can get
the tribal symbols to the deities …
the tribal symbols to the deities…
the highest point where you can re…
the highest point where you can r…
when we walked back, the clouds st…
when we walked back, the clouds s…
above the clouds
above the clouds
out of this world...
out of this world...
Lijiang
photo by: Deats