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Yak Meadow at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Shuhe Ancient Town from Lijiang

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Lijiang, China
Yak Meadow at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Shuhe Ancient Town from Lijiang

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Visit Yak Meadow at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Shuhe Old Town on this private tour from Lijiang. Catch a cable car to mountainside Yak Meadow, where yaks graze against a backdrop of Jade Dragon’s snow-capped peaks. Then, stroll around the blue river and terraces at Blue Moon Valley before exploring Shuhe, an ancient village known for its Naxi ethnic minority peoples. Lunch, entrance fees, cable car, and Lijiang hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private guided Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Shuhe Old Town tour from Lijiang
  • Ride a cable car to Yak Meadow and see yak grazing on the highlands
  • Descend to Blue Moon Valley, famous for its stunning blue, terraced river
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Shuhe, a long-time settlement of the Naxi peoples
  • Stroll the lanes and discover Naxi architecture, customs, and handicrafts
  • Includes traditional Chinese lunch, cable car, and entrance fees
  • Private, air-conditioned transport and Lijiang hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation by private vehicle or minivan
Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Lijiang

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Meet your personal guide at your Lijiang hotel, and journey into rural Yunnan by private, air-conditioned car or minivan, heading toward Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

On route, hear about the massive Snow Dragon mountain range. The southernmost snow-capped range in the Northern Hemisphere, it consists of 13 peaks — the highest measuring 18,360 feet (5,600 meters) — that run for 21.8 miles (35 kilometres), towering over the Lijiang area. Considered sacred by the local Naxi ethnic minority, the peaks are usually covered in snow and fog, so they resemble a silver-white dragon from a distance — hence the evocative name.

At the base of the mountains, ride a cable car up to Yak Meadow, a grassy mountain plain beneath the peaks where the locals pasture their yaks.

Marvel at the scenery as you ascend, and on arrival, follow the boardwalk through the meadow. Admire the snowy summits and yak grazing on the lush grass, and savor the peace: Yak Meadow is one of the Snow Dragon’s least crowded areas.

Then, descend by cable car to the Blue Moon Valley, the mountain valley famous for its intensely blue or milky white river. Shaped like a crescent moon, the river’s color shifts from turquoise to white depending on the season, and features fan-shaped terraces and small lakes.

After a traditional Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Shuhe Old Town, a UNESCO-listed village known for its Naxi population. Delve into the lanes, seeing the stone houses, bridges, and temples: all providing a fascinating window into what Lijiang was like a few decades ago. Learn about Naxi culture and perhaps purchase souvenirs (own expense) at the Naxi woodcarving, leather, and craft shops.

Having explored here, return to Lijiang where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Lijiang city centre and enjoy a scenic 45 minute drive to the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The main peak of this mountain is measured at 17,000 feet above sea level mimicking a gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round. You will ride a cable car up this legendary-shrouded mountain for stunning views of its glacier and peaks. You will reach the Yak Meadow, which got its name because the local people like to pasture their Yak here. You will walk around following a wooden path along the meadow to enjoy the peaceful and beautiful environment.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Blue Moon Valley
Then you will go down with the cable car and visit the Blue Moon Valley, where water terraces form from the melting snow and depending on the season, can be naturally white or turquoise-blue.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shuhe Ancient Town
After the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch before continuing the trip to Shuhe Ancient Town. This traditional Naxi ethnic village is famous for its folk customs, historical monuments and multicultural landscape. The village is surrounded by a murmuring river and interlaced with smooth flagging, making it a relaxed and less crowded version of Lijiang. After this tour, you guide will drop you off at your hotel in Lijiang city centre.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Beijing Variarts Tours Activities Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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