Getting There - busses departing from Lijiang. If you go by car, it’s around 36km from Lijiang and 100 Yuan entry without cable car tickets. cycling is beautiful and I would recommend although it’s hilly.
Attractions - Blue moon valley has a few nice lakes and it’s the gateway to Jade Snow Mountain. Lovely views.
Hotels - Hotels near the village around 10kms out but not too much choice. best to stay in Lijiang and just visit for the day.
Food & Restaurants - there are only a couple of places to buy food and drinks. I would pack ahead to be safe.
Shopping - a few shops for souvenirs but not much else for shopping.
When living in a city all you are looking for is a quiet and relaxing mountain retreat. The blue moon valley in Yunnan will for sure not disappoint you. It's very touristy but if you go in the early mornings you will be able to beat the crowds and might even get lucky to have full view to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the backdrop 📷
It is perfectly apt to say that we will get lost when sitting in front of this beautiful valley, flowing fresh and clean from the mountain 🏔️; that has just melted away. Blue Moon valley 💙 got its name from the famous novel 📖 Lost Horizon; that it perfectly resembles the beauty as how Hilton has described in it. After we finished the little challenging Jade dragon 🐉 snow ❄️ mountain, as we hiked a little bit, we came back down to have some pleasant leisure time in front of the lake. It has four parts; but we visited only the mirror 🪞 pond and Jade-like lake 🏞️. The water is so clear that it perfectly reflects the mountain in its turquoise toned water. And there are small falls (not more than two feet though 😜) which adds to its beauty. #yunnantravel #bluemoonvalley
If you want to visit a majestic valley with clear waters that come from a sacred glacial, the Blue Moon Valley in Yulong National Park is a must visit. Altitude for BMV is 3,600m. You can take local bus, distance to the park is 13 km and costs only 20 RMB (leaves from Lijiang Old Town North Gate).
This freezing blueish water transforms in white during rainy season. Located in the Jade Dragon 🐉 Snow Mountain park, this scenic spot will stay in your mind forever. I suggest you to visit as early as possible, to avoid crowd spaces. This park in general is huge, and every spot can be incredibly iconic.
Inside the park are many restaurants and shops, some are quite expensive. You can bring your own food. Also, you can rent a waterproof warm coat if temperature is too low, or buy additional oxygen if you need it. Although, it’s better to buy your own in Lijiang town (inside the park costs are 2-3 times more).
🔅 Only Chinese can pre-book tickets online. To avoid complications and additional charges, I’ll advice you to go to the park with a local group tour.
⚠️ You need to keep your passport with you at all times, pay many different tickets and show different health codes. Just keep in mind these hectic steps are the only thing separating you from one of a lifetime experience.
📍 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area
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Blue Moon Valley lies at the foot of Yulong Snow Mountain near Lijiang. It was carved out by Baishui River, fed by meltwater from Yulong Snow Mountain. The water of the lake is so clear, you can see the lake bed and is a stunning shade of blue. On the floor of Blue Moon Valley lie four lakes, each with its own distinct color: Jade Wine Lake, Mirror Pond, Blue Moon Lake, and Wave-Listening Lake. The valley is also dotted with many picturesque little waterfalls that make beautiful photographs.