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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain here we come! Now, this was the mountain my friend preferred to see. I had never heard of it, but after looking up some pictures, I became just as eager to pay it a visit.
We flagged down a taxi at 7am, negotiated a price tag of 180RMB for a round trip pick up, and arrived at Jade Snow Mountain in less than an hour.
Our first mission was to head over to a ticket office and grab seats for the Lijiang Impression Show, which was an outdoor cultural show performed by 10 different ethnic groups of the region.
During my 30th birthday adventure in Yangshuo, my friend and I had the chance to catch the Yangshuo Impressions Light Show much to my delight, so checking out Lijiang's Impression Show was a top priority.
But there was just one problem: We arrived too early. The box office was closed and we were told to wait half an hour, then after half an hour were told to wait another hour, then after were told to ... well, you get the picture. And just like that we decided to forgo the show and instead head up and down the mountain—this time, via cableway. Thank God!
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain had 3 cableways. We weren't interested in heading to the very top—it was sold out anyway—so we wound up choosing the 2nd most popular attraction: Yak Meadow.
It was pretty chilly at the base so we rented warm overcoats and even purchased two canisters of oxygen for the high elevation.
Within minutes we set off on a shuttle bus and heading up the mountain towards the cableway. The scenery wasn't as grand as Tiger Leaping Gorge—again, the gorge was just ridiculous—but it was still pretty impressive nevertheless.
And then it happened: We were riding onboard what would be one of the most stunning cableway experiences I had ever been on.
We'd pass over a massive mountainside area brimming with lush green forestry in every direction. The winds were mild, the temperature was cool, and the air was the freshest I had ever breathed into my lungs.
Furthermore, we'd journey through a thick cloud of mist and fog, and it was definitely one of the coolest moments I’ve ever had in nature. It felt like we were living out a scene straight out of a science fiction flick. Hey, I guess you just had to be there to understand!
After 20 minutes we finally arrived at the top, eager to take a look at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain's icy caps. But there was just one problem.
Fog, fog, fog. Yep, it was nearing 12pm and none of it had yet to clear. In fact, we could barely see 50 meters in front of us. It's funny though, many of the tourists still seemed keen on snapping selfies in front of the haze. Why not make the best out of it right?
We waited, and waited, and waited for the fog to clear. After 45 minutes, we decided that it just wasn't going to let up and so we made our way back down to the base of the mountain.
On the way we made one last stop at Blue Moon Valley, which contained a striking, teal blue colored lake and waterfall.
It was easily one of the most popular destinations at the mountain, which is why we had to wait nearly an hour just to catch the next sightseeing bus down to the entrance.
So, did we ever get a full glimpse of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain? Not really. Even at 2pm, it was still too cloudy to get a clear shot. We did, however, get a peek at just how incredibly colossal Jade Dragon Snow Mountain was when a gap opened up between the clouds. It's just too bad I couldn't whip out my camera in time to take a picture!
And just like that, our awesome adventure in Yunnan had come to an end. We'd get picked up by our taxi driver, head into downtown Lijiang, watch a pretty disappointing movie--The Foreigner-- starring Jackie Chan, and cap the night out with munching on some delicious Chinese cuisine.
What a fantastic way to spend my 5th consecutive Golden Week in China!
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