The Shika Snow Mountain is a beautiful and grand scenic spot located 7 kilometers to the southwest of Shangri-la County in Yunnan Province. Towering 4,449 m. (14,596 ft.) high above the sea level, it occupies an area of 65 sq. km. (25 sq. mi.) and is famous for its various alpine and sub-alpine landforms and vegetation due to the high attitude and vertical climate. Boasting its precipitous snow peaks, beautiful valleys, forests, lakes, meadows and numerous legends, it is a comprehensive scenic spots best reflecting the romantic charming of Shangri-la, which attracts many people here for hiking and adventure.
The Shika Snow Mountain looks like a sleeping beauty towering high on the vast land with clouds veiled which adds mysterious atmosphere to the mountain. If you want to get to the top, you can take a cable car which is the longest cable way in Yunnan and will take you from the 3,270 m. (10,728 ft.) Napa Meadow to about 4,000 m. (13,123 ft.) high. Standing on the top and look around, you can see a peak shaped like a pyramid in the northwest? what is that? It is the famous the main peak of the Meili Snow Mountain. You can also see the beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain in the southeast and other famous mountains in the far distance. Standing at the top of such high mountain and savoring the beauty of famous mountains is surely a incredible and enjoyable experience.
Behind the main peak of the Shika Snow Mountain there is a famous valley which is featured by its precipitous and beautiful landscape. It is also well known as a death valley. It is said that in 2003 when one American couple were enjoying the beautiful scenery in the valley, they disappeared mysteriously. With the help of government and thousands of people, they are saved three days later but their disappearance is still a confuse nowadays. If you have the courage, you can come here and enjoy the great fun brought hiking and adventure.
Other attractions on the Shika Snow Mountain include the big green pasture in the southwest and Lingxi Lake in the half way of the virgin forests. It is said that the Lingxi Lake is a spiritual lake with verdant trees, flourish azalea and well kept vegetation which present with you a tranquil and quiet atmosphere. The weather on this mountain changes a lot and the scenery on this mountain is dynamic, just as the following saying describes:
Spring grass, summer flora,
Visit the Diqing in its glory.
Autumn red, winter white,
It’s four-season Shangri-La
For you and me.
The Shika Snow Mountain is wonderland for tourism and a paradise for adventure. The best traveling time is from May to June and September to October when the temperature is most delightful. If you want to come here, you can take a car from the Shangri-la airport directly to the scenic spots and the entrance fee is 160 RMB including the cable way. Spend half a day here, you will surely gain much fun brought by the beautiful landscape and adventure.