Last week we went on a tourist adventure. We all packed into a mini van and headed up the mountain. The beautiful snow mountain that peeks over the mountains into Lashihai valley. It’s a total tourist trap, with fees mounting up at every step. The taxi fee to the mountain itself, one fee to enter the park, one protection fee, one cable car ticket, one bus ticket to the cable car, and then the endless options to rent jackets, bottles of oxygen, medallions upon reaching the top, cans of redbull at all stages of ascent, hotdogs cooked at altitude, the highest cup of coffee possible to purchase in China, professional photos, snow globes, greenscreen videos, tour guides, and the ubiquitous instant noodles.
Is it worth it?
Totally worth it. The mountain is the last in the Himalayas, which means that I’ve now caught a cable car up a Himalayan mountain. Which is a fact that’s going in every game of “two truths and a lie” that I play from now on. The view is amazing, and seeing a glacier this far south is phenomenal. Watching the tourists furiously puffing on their bottles of oxygen and posing with selfie sticks while sitting on the ground wearing a wilting crown of flowers is also a true Lijiang experience.
Xue Mei had never been up the mountain before, so she jumped at the chance to come along with us all. Her response was that it was stunning, and far too expensive, and she felt a bit dizzy. Which is all fair enough! At the highest point you are at 4680m above sea level. That’s really really high. The cable car takes you from about 3000m to 4100 or something, and then you climb stairs the rest of the way. The cable car trip is pretty insane, ascending at a rapid rate over some of the most stunning mountainous country. (and a golf course…)
There’s not much more to say, This isn’t an arts post, just a post of photos of the mountain. Because the mountain is amazing, and after living here for 3 months it feels like our protector, always keeping an eye on the valley, peeking out with it’s yearlong coverage of snow.
So: without further ado, here are far too many photos of the mountain. Enjoy!