Every year, there are so many tourists asking tours to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Meili Snow Mountain, certainly you know that this two sacred snow mountains are pretty beautiful, but here we offer you a good contrast of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Meili Snow Mountain, and help you design you China tours.
|Meili Snow Mountain
|Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
|Diqing city, northwest of Yunnan,
|Lijiang city, north of Yunnan
|Best time to visit
watch the sunrise
go hiking in valleys
ride the highest ropeway
climb snow mountain
watch Impression Lijiang
|Where to stay
|Deqin county, or villages
|Jade Dragon + Lijiang tours
► Choose Meili over Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
1. Go to the less-trodden mountainous area, closest to the nature.
2. Watch the sacred mountain, and experience the simple lifestyle in Deqin.
3. Capture the most shocking moment of its sunshine, and sunset, and be attracted by its majesty.
4. Have a great hike in this pristine land, and adore its unstoppable beauty.
► Choose Jade Dragon Snow Mountain over Meili Snow Mountain
1. Take the highest cable car to watch snow mountains and glaciers.
2. Challenge yourself in climbing snow mountain at the height over 4,000 meters.
3. Watch the magnificent Impression Lijiang Show with a backdrop of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
4. Go skiing in the large skiing resort
Meili Snow Mountain is a group of snow mountains located in Deqin county, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan province, and it is about 170 km from Shangrila in Diqing, within a driving of 4 hours.
► How to Get Meili Snow Mountain:
First, take flight to Shangrila from Kunming/ Lijiang.
Second, you could take flight to Shangrila, take bus to Deqin county from Shangrila Bus Station, next, take bus to Meili Snow Mountain. The bus from Shangrila to Deqin takes about 4 hours, and costs about 50 yuan, and bus from Deqin to Meli Snow Mountain takes about 30 min, with a ticket of 10 yuan.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is located in the north of Lijiang, about 21 km from Lijang downtown, within a driving of 40 min. It is very convenient to go to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang.
► How to get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain:
First. Go to Lijiang by flight or by train from Kunming or other cities.
Second, take bus or take taxi to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Bus to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You could take public bus No. 7, with a ticket of 15 yuan, or take tourist bus at Hongtaiyang Square.
Taxi to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Recommended). Usually, it takes about 20 min to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang Downtown, and costs about 30 yuan for single trip.
Meili Snow Mountain, also named as Prince Snow Mountain, is listed as one of the 4 sacred mountains to Tibetan Buddhism. Meili Snow Mountain is a group of snow mountains, and with Kawakarpo Peak as the highest peak of 6,740, and has 13 mountains over 6,000 meters around Kawakarpo Peak. It has 4 glaciers, Mingyong Glacier, Sinong Glacier, Niuba Glacier and Nongsong Glacier, and Mingyong Glacier is the longest and biggest one.
► Meili Snow Mountain climbing condition. Meili Snow Mountain is not allowed for tourists to climb, because it is the sacred mountain to believers of Tibetan Buddhism. In history, many professional climbing teams from over the world came here to conquer this mountain, but failed. Up to now, no one has climbed to its highest place.
For tourists, you could watch its unbelievable beauty at the observation deck, or hike at the mountain foot. There are several hiking routes to Yubeng or Ninong. Hiking in Meili Snow Mountain, you could enjoy pristine mountains, and colorful valleys, and put yourself close to nature from deep heart.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a group of 13 mountains, with Shanzitu Peak as the highest of 5,596 meters. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is named from its shape like a white dragon.
► Jade Dragon Snow Mountain climbing condition. Climbing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from the food to the top is not possible at all, and the right way goes like this: take ropeway from the foot to the upper station of ropeway at the height of 4,508 meters, and then climb to the height of 4,680 meters with steps available. Moreover, there are hiking routes available for hikers to enjoy its beauty.
► Best time to visit Meili Snow Mountain: from October to May.
From October to May, most days are sunny days, with clean air and high atmospheric transparency, beneficial to watching the main peak. From July to September, Meili Snow Mountain is in a rainy season, and the weather and road condition are not good for hiking.
► Meili Snow Mountain weather. Meili Snow Mountain is located in the area with an elevation over 3,000 meters, thus it has abundant sunshine, but its temperature through all year is not high, colder than that of Deqin County. In Deqin County, from October, the highest day temperature would be lower than 15 ℃, and the lowest could be -10 ℃ in January, and it will rebound to 15 ℃ in May, and reach to 21 ℃ as the peak in August.
► Best time to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: from November to March.
The highlight of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is in its snow, and it has the thickest snow in February and March, and it is the best time to watch snow and ski.
► Jade Dragon Snow Mountain weather. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has a wet season from May to October, and a dry season from November to April. It is in a hot time from June to October and also a rainy season, and the hottest month July has an average temperature of 17.9 ℃. In Lijiang, from October, the highest day temperature falls to 15 ℃ , and the lowest reach to -3 ℃ in January. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 5.9 ℃.
► Highlights of Meili Snow Mountain: watch the moment of morning sunlight brightening the mountain top; watch sunrise at Wunongding, and Yumeng Village hiking.
► Best Places to Visit in Meili Snow Mountain. Meili Snow Mountain covers several sub-attractions, like observation docks of Fei Lai Monastery, and Nongwuding, Big Bay of Jinsha River, Mingyong Glacier, and Yubeng Village. Best places to visit in Meili Snow Mountain is to watch sunrise at the observation dock of Fei Lai Monastery, go to see Mingyong Glacier, and hike to Yubeng Village or Ninong(1-4 days).
(Blue Moon Valley)
► Highlights of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: watch snow scenery from the height of 4508 meters, climb snow mountain, watch Impression Lijiang, and go skiing.
► Best Places to Visit in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is comprised of 6 parts, Ganhaizi, Impression Lijiang, the Glacier Park, the Blue Moon Valley, the Spruce Meadow, and the Yak Meadow. The best place of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is to take cable car to the height of 4,508 meters, go to Glacier Park and climb to the height of 4,680 meters. Or you could hike in the Blue Moon Valley, and the Yak Meadow to enjoy beauty of lakes and meadow. Another special one is Impression Lijiang Show in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
► Where to stay when visiting Meili Snow Mountain
Meili Snow Mountain is about 15 km from Deqin County, and tourists could look for a hotel Deqin downtown. If you will stay in Meili Snow Mountain Scenic Area, especially when you have a hiking in Meili Snow Mountain, you could look for an inn run by local people. Camping is not suggested to you considering the weather and your safety, unless you have a professional team.
► Where to stay when visiting Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is about 20 km from Lijiang downtown, you could live in the Lijiang downtown and take taxi to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain the next morning. The most popular area for tourists to live is Lijiang Old Town, and it has many hotels from hostel to 3 star hotel to 5 star hotel. Most travelers chose to check in a hotel or inn inside Lijiang Old Town, or hotel on the Shizi mountain with a great view to overlook Lijiang.
Your tour to Meili Snow Mountain could be combined with Shangrila tour. Shangrila tour includes Songzanlin Monastery, Potatso National Park, Dukezong Ancient Town, etc.
Your Jade Dragon Snow Mountain tour could be optimized with Lijiang tour to Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang Old Town, Lugu Lake, Yufeng Temple, etc.
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