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Key Words:The Holy Mountain of Bai People

Altitude:over 3,500 meters

Location:northwest to the Dali Ancient City


Cangshan Mountain is a high mountain rising above the city of Dali in the southern province of Yunnan that borders Vietnam. It is a scenic spot and a good hiking area where hikers may bring tents. There are 18 peaks on this mountain that are all over 3,500 meters in altitude, and the highest summit named Malong is 4,122 meters (13,524 feet) high. The mountain is next to a blue lake called Erhai. The mountain is noted for its very rich and diverse flora. The local government has designated it as a scenic area. Travel up the mountain is easy. There is cable car up the mountain, and a road connects various sites of interest. On Cangshan Mountain, the ecological zones are obvious. There are more than 3,000 kinds of plants on the mountain. The mountain is a highlight of the Dali area, with numerous springs, ponds and waterfalls, beautiful scenery, hiking trails, a range of ecological zones with thousands of plant species, and scenic views of lakes and the city of Dali.

Dali Cangshan Mountain


Eighteen Peaks

Cangshan Mountain, also known as Diancangshan, is located at the southern end of the Yunling Mountains and forms a trailing section of the Hengduan (transversely faulted) Mountains. Cangshan is always jade-green, hence the name. Cangshan Mountain stretches from Shangguan (Upper Pass) in the north to Xiaguan (Lower Pass) in the south, and touches the limpid water of Erhai Lake in the east and reaches the turbulent Heihuijiang River in the west. It measures 42 km. from south to north and 20 km. from east to west. The mountain range comprises 19 peaks and 18 brooks.

There are crystal clear brooks between every 2 peaks running down from one summit joining another brook from another summit then all pouring into Erhai Lake. Observing from afar, 19 summits with 18 alternating brooks have made such a unique and fascinating view.

Cangshan Mountain 

The Snow

It is said that the snow will not melt even in the hottest days of summer. The Snow, one of the renowned 4 top scenes (the Wind, the Flower, the Snow and the Moon) in Dali City, refers to the amazingly beautiful unmelted snow scene on Cangshan Mountain. Mist often lays over the snow capped mountain peaks, which gives visitors an impression of mistery and magnificence.

Cangshan Mountain

The Flowers

The vegetation over Cangshan Mountain has a distinctive distribution and it is a treasure house of more than 3,000 species of plants, mainly consisting of evergreen coniferous trees, shrubs and grasses. In spring and summer, azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons bloom in profusion over an infinite expanse.

Cangshan Mountain


The Clouds Hovering over Yuju Peak, believed to resemble the blank wife who is longing in rain for the return of her husband, has evoked a touching legend. Hence the more popular name "the Cloud Longing for the Return of Her Husband" (Wang Fu Yun).

The story goes like this: In the days of Nanzhao, Ah Feng, the sweet princes of the King of Nanzhao fell in love with ah Long, a poor young hunter. The king was enraged and had the young man killed and thrown into Erhai Lake. Ah Feng, the princess in turn died and became a white cloud - the Longing-for-Husband Cloud floating over Cangshan Mountain - waiting for her husband to appear. The story praises the unswerving loyalty in love between Ah Feng and Ah Long.

Tours Including Cangshan Mountain

2 Days Cangshan Mountain and Huadianba Meadow Hiking Tour with Rhododendron and Azalea Flowers Sea

2 Days Cangshan Mountain Flower Trekking Tour to Malong Peak

Fascinating Attractions Nearby

Erhai Lake

This amazing lake lies next to the amazing historic sites in the Dali valley and the natural scenery and good hiking trails on Cangshan Mountain. The whole region is full of interesting and beautiful sites. The easy access to beautiful and quiet places to camp, ride horses, ride bikes and hike in high mountains is unusual in China.

Dali Ancient Town

The ancient city of Dali is one of Yunnan's most popular tourist destinations. It has historic sites, ancient buildings and temples, nearby beautiful Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, local crafts, and the "Foreigners' Street" with Western-style restaurants and bars and English-speaking business owners. 

Admission Fee:¥30

Opening Hours:08:30-18:00

Attraction Transportation:

  • A cable car is now available on the Cangshan Mountain with day tours at the foot of the mountain. The route of cable cars starts the west of Dali ancient town and stops at Zhonghe Temple. It costs 35 yuan for a round trip ticket. There, visitors can walk along Yudai Lu, a 18km newly built path on the waist of the mountain.
  • At the foot of the mountain, local people rent horses, so visitor can choose to ride a horse to Zhonghe Temple. It costs about an hour and about 80 yuan.

Attraction Travel Tips:

1.    The roads on mountains are very intricate, so it would be safer if visitors only walk along Yudai Road.

2.    None of the cultural sites along the road charges admission fee, but there is not enough time for tourists to visit all sites within a day so it is advisable that visitors pick some sites that you are interested in to visit.

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