Lijiang is in a valley surrounded by mountains, but only one of those visible from the city, Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, to the north, was snow-capped. It is sacred to the Naxi people. It has never been climbed; its relatively soft limestone is too treacherous. A number of people have been killed trying to climb it.
Yulong Moutain seen from Lijiang.
Yulong Moutain seen from the Lijiang Valley, north of the city of Lijiang.
As we drove northward, passing to the east of Yulong, other snow-capped peaks came into view. These and Yulong are part of the Hengduan Mountains, but just a small part; that is a substantial mountain range, stretching a long way to the northwest.
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