Photographer's Note

Situated at the upper end of Dongba Valley, one takes a coach from Lijiang to an elevation of approximately 3000 masl, from there by cable car to 4505 masl, and climb the steps of the wooden walkway to the hut at 4680 masl. The last leg on foot can be very exhausting because of the thin air but canned oxygen is for sale at the bottom cable car station.

Following is a selective extract from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Jade Dragon Snow Mountain -

Mount Satseto, known in Chinese as the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain ... is a mountain massif (also identified as a small mountain range) near Lijiang, in Yunnan province, southwestern China. Its highest peak is named Shanzidou 5,596 m or 18,360 ft). The view of the massif from the gardens at the Black Dragon Pool (Heilong Tan) in Lijiang is noted as one of China's finest views ...

Shanzidou has been climbed only once, on May 8, 1987, by an American expedition. The summit team comprised Phil Peralta-Ramos and Eric Perlman. They climbed snow gullies and limestone headwalls, and encountered high avalanche danger and sparse opportunities for protection. They rated the maximum technical difficulty of the rock at YDS 5.7. ...

The Jade Water Village is at the foot of the mountain. Many websites falsely describe the tourist facilities as a ski area. Others falsely claim the mountain holds the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere (there are glaciers in Mexico and in areas just north of the Equator in the Americas and Africa)."

Truly beautiful and not to be missed on a visit to Yunnan Province. Lijiang itself is a beautiful small city with very interesting local cultures situated in the high-elevation Dongba Valley where the Americans had a WW II air base which was subsequently destroyed by an earthquake.

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  • Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 253 W: 17 N: 452] (2109)
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  • Date Taken: 2007-06-09
  • Categories: Nature
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