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Cangshan Mountain

Cangshan Mountain, also known as Diancangshan, 2km west of Dali, makes a spectacular backdrop for Dali City. The 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. Together with Erhai Lake, the imposing mountain range makes Dali a true vacation gateway. 

Cangshan Mountain
   
Cangshan Mountain is always jade-green, hence the name. It was once named Xiongcang Mountain and in ancient times was called Lingjiu Mountain. The mountain range comprises 19 peaks and 18 brooks and make up the highest peaks of the Yunling Mountain Range. All the 19 peaks are 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) above the sea level and at 4,122-meter (13,524-feet), Cangshan MountainMalong Peak is the highest. In between every two peaks are streams, and water rushes down the mountain and pours into Erhai Lake. These streams originate from spring water or thawing snow and irrigate the farmlands around. Cangshan Mountain enjoys great reputation for its snow, clouds, springs, marble, and also beautiful azalea flowers.

Cangshan Mountain is famous for the following eight scenic wonders named in the Qing Dynasty: Painted Screens at Rosy Dawn, Spring Snow on Cangshan, the Belt of Clouds across Autumnal Cangshan, the Radiance of Phoenixes' Eyes, Multistage Falls of Limpid water, Clouds Hovering over Yuju Peak, Clear Streams Running over the Pebble Bed in Early Winter, and Rosy Clouds at Sunset. While Spring Snow on Cangshan is top of the Four Famous Scenes (wind, flowers, snow and moon) in Dali. The snow is so dazzling and splendent when the sun rises, especially in March. On a moonlight night, the snow reflecting off the mountain makes one feel that they are in a crystal world. The clouds here changes often - sometimes the clouds are as thin as silk, sometimes they are as dark as ink. View of Cangshan Mountain

The springs in Cangshan Mountain are also famous. Besides the eighteen streams, there are still many lakes over the altitude of over 3,800 meters (12,467 feet). The lakefronts are densely covered with forests, which include valuable medicine materials, rare species of trees and many kinds of flowers. The flowers add even more beauty to the mountain and help attract tourists.

 

Cangshan Mountain Tour

Cangshan Mountain is a famous manufacture center of a smooth marble, named Cangshan Stone. Besides the natural scenery, visitors can see cultural relics of the Bai people. Three Pagodas, Inaction Temple, Three Pools in Qingbi Temple and Zhonghe Temple are all tourists attractions.