China’s Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show

Our final day in Yunnan Province was action packed! We started off with the early morning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show.  With more than 400 local actors, this historical depiction of their life through the years was choreographed by the famous Zhang Yimou, who, among many other awards, choreographed the Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.  It was pretty awesome to see this performance come together – sitting outside and with the mountain as the natural backdrop!

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression Show was a huge production – more than 400 actors, horses, costumes, songs, props, dances and history – with the mighty mountain in the background!

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Hundreds of local minority women in their traditional garb….and, all at the same time, singing their minor-toned heritage songs. It was a unique sound to be sure…..and incredible to think of the power these women hold!

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Since the narration was mostly in Chinese, the story was a little lost on me, but I’m sure this guy was in charge and saying something very inspirational.

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I’m pretty sure he was saying “I’m coming, Sir!” :)

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There were at least 100 drummers along the ridge of the set – and they produced an enchanting rain storm scene that rang throughout the valley!

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Naxi minority women with their traditional baskets (hey, we saw one of those being used in real time on the road on the way home from Tiger Leaping Gorge!).

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Then all of a sudden, there were many many Naxi women rocking their baskets up the incline to the fill the whole set!

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Chinese drums and gongs….does it get any better than that?

Ascending Jade Dragon Snow Mountain via Cable Car

Behind us in the valley, spring was coming up - lovely soft pink blossoms peeked out of the trees below.

Behind us in the valley, spring was coming up – lovely soft pink blossoms peeked out of the trees below.

On the cable car up the mountain.  This mountain range has all the different kinds of known glaciers in the world!

On the cable car up the mountain. This mountain range has all the different kinds of known glaciers in the world!

Yay! We made it to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain!

Yay! We made it to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain!

Friend picture - we felt like we had really climbed a mountain that day - oh how horrendous the queue was to get to the top!  So grateful for our friendship!

Friend picture – we felt like we had really climbed a mountain that day – oh how horrendous the queue was to get to the top! So grateful for our friendship!  And very grateful to my mom for knitting my hat and scarf! Brr…it was C-O-L-D up there!

jade Dragon Snow Montain is no joke!  Where we were was 4,506 meters or 14,780 feet high!  At its highest point, 5,600 meters (18,360 feet).  So, we were higher than any point in the lower 48 States (Mt. Whitney is 14,505ft). Wow!

jade Dragon Snow Montain is no joke! Where we were was 4,506 meters or 14,780 feet high! At its highest point, 5,600 meters (18,360 feet). So, we were higher than any point in the lower 48 States (Mt. Whitney is 14,505ft). Wow!

SuperBoy getting ready for a snow ball fight at 14,780 feet high!

SuperBoy getting ready for a snow ball fight at 14,780 feet high!

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What a great way to end our spring break vacation to Yunnan Province, atop Jade Dragon Snow Mountain!

About 

Currently, I’m globetrotting with my family as my husband is a Vice Consul with the United States Foreign Service.

Our first post was Recife, PE, Brazil, and we arrived in August 2010. Upon arrival, our daughter had just turned four and our superbaby son had just turned three months.

During the summer of 2013, our family of four moved to Guangzhou, China, for a two-year post. Our daughter is seven and our son is three.

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