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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a mountain massif (or small mountain range) near Lijiang in Yunnan's north. Its highest peak is named Shanzidou (5,596 m). 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. The far side of the mountain forms one side of Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain 1

Shanzidou has been climbed only once, on May 8, 1987, by an American expedition. Baishuitai (White Water Terrasses) in the front.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain 2

The Austro-American botanist and explorer Joseph Rock spent many years living in the vicinity of Jade Dragon Mountain, and wrote about the region and the Naxi people who live here. An interest in Rock later drew the travel writer Bruce Chatwin to the mountain, which he wrote about in an article that appeared in the New York Times and later, retitled, in his essay collection What Am I Doing Here?. Chatwin's article inspired many subsequent travellers to visit the region. (wikipedia)