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Piotr is our high mountains specialist so I hope he will like this view :).

Located between 10004'-10016'east longitude and 2703'-2740' north latitude, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,600 meters, the mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name.

The range is also known as Mount Yulong after the Chinese or Mount Satseto after the Naxi name.
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 Austro-American botanist and explorer Joseph Rock spent many years living in the vicinity of Mt Satseto, and wrote about the region and the Naxi people who occupy it. 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, including Michael Palin, to visit the region.

I travelled many kilometers by buses, trains and taxis, the language barrier was as the Great Chinese Wall, but I loved it, I was delighted every minute of it. The people were friendly and helpful so I have never felt loss.

They have mobiles with tranlators ( I also have one in my mobile but I can't use it, wrrr). Sometimes I spoke to someone's mobile, than it was translated in Chinese, the answer was in Chinese and again translated in English. Well, once I asked something about what buses were, and the result of this procedure was: Do you want to be pregnant in bus?

I rather used my phrase book or dictionary :).

See the bigger beta picture. Makes impression!

Gert will probably prefer this one.


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