Route: Ganhaizi Meadow - Glacier Park - Baisha Mural and Baisha Villiage - Yufeng Lamasery
In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Lijiang by your local guide, who will lead you on a journey to explore the ravishing scenery that the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has to offer.
The magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain features a variety of landscapes given its souring height and vast range, and Ganhaizi Meadow located at the east foot of the mountain is the starting point to experience its distinctive beauty. The meadow is blanketed with sweeping grasslands lavishly adored with flowers, shrubs and pine trees. Sitting on an altitude of 2900 meters, it makes an ideal place to take in the full view of the snow-crowned peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Going west for about 5 kilometers from the Ganhaizi Meadow, you will reach the bottom station of the snow mountain, where the comfortable passenger cable will haul you directly to the bottom of the mountain’s highest peak, which is the area where the Glacier Park locates. With various types of modern glaciers and the remnants of ancient glaciers, the park boasts a collection of the major essence of middle and low-latitude mountain glaciers in the world. The best way to explore the beauty of the glacier cluster is taking a walk along the meandering 300-meter wooden trail.
Ganhaizi Meadow, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area
Glacier Park, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
After having lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll be delivered to the Baisha Village to have a taste of its ancient charm. Baisha Village is named after the signature white sands abound in the area and is located 16 km to the northwest of Lijiang Ancient Town. It’s the earliest settlement of the Naxi people and houses a myriad of cultural relics and ancient buildings. One site that is well worth seeking out there is the exquisite Baisha Mural created 600 years ago, which consists of paintings representing the first-class craftsmanship at that time and reflecting the spiritual pursuit and mundane life of Naxi people in ancient times. Not only does it stand out as a rare treasure of art, but it also serves as an important source of information for research on national religions, arts and history. Next up, a trip to the Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute will unravel the deft artisanship reflected from every intricate work of embroidery that takes a sophisticated and time-consuming process of design and creation.
After that, you’ll be chauffeured to the charming Yufeng Lamasery situated at the south foot of the mountain. The design of the place is an artful combination of the architectural styles of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and the local Naxi Dongba Religion. Apart from its architectural splendor and religious significance, the temple largely owns its charm to the stunning carpet of camellia and lush greenery. You’ll be submerged in an ocean of blooming camellia if you visit the temple in spring and summer.
At the end of the journey, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.