Damoyan Peak of Ailaoshan Mountain Range in Xinping County, Yuxi
Damoyan peak is the highest peak of Ailao mountain, with an elevation of 3166 meters.
Chinese Name: 新平县哀牢山大磨岩峰
English Name: Damoyan Peak of Ailaoshan Mountain Range in Xinping County, Yuxi
Attraction Type: Mountains, Nature and Forest
Best Time to Visit: From July and October
Recommended Visiting Time: 1 Day
Open Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: 60 CNY
Altitude: 2000-3166 meters
Location: Ailao Mountain Nature Reserve, Xinping County, Yuxi, Yunnan
About Ailao Mountain Range and Damoyan Peak
Ailao mountain(哀牢山), located in the central part of Yunnan, is the southern extension of Yunling(云岭). It is the dividing line of the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau and the Hengduan mountains(横断山脉), and the watershed of Yuanjiang River(元江) and Amojiang River(阿墨江). Ailao mountain extends from northwest towards southeast with a total length of 500 kilometers. The highest peak of Ailao mountain is the Damoyan peak(大磨岩峰) in Shuitang town, Xinping county(新平县水塘镇), which is 3166 meters above sea level. In Honghe Yuanyang, the south foot of Ailao Mountain, ethnic minorities such as Hani, Yi, Miao, Zhuang and Yao, have been living for generations. With their wisdom and sweat, Hani people created Hani Rice Terrace that shocked the world.
Ailao Mountain Nature Reserve, with an area of 50,660 hectares, is located at the junction of the five counties in Yunnan province, including Xinping County. Established in 1986 with the approval of the people’s government of Yunnan province, and promoted to national nature reserve in 1988, the main protected objects are evergreen broad-leaved forest and wildlife.
Ailao mountain is the most well-preserved area of the same latitude biodiversity and the same type of plant community. Across the tropics and subtropics, Ailao mountain forms a “corridor” for animal migration and a “gene bank” for biological species. Ailao Mountain Nature Reserve is located at the upstream of Red River, complete with water conservation function. Its geographical location, biological species, retained forest area and intact ecosystems play an important role in natural evolution of protecting, exploring, developing and rationally utilizing biotic community, as well as the economic and ecological benefits of forest resources.
1. Nature Resources
2. Tourism Resources
Ailao mountain is rich in tourism resources. In Xinping county(新平县), the hometown of Huayao Dai minority(花腰傣之乡), there is Ailao mountain national nature reserve. In the nature reserve, there are Nanen waterfalls(南恩大瀑布), Shimen gorge(石门峡), tea-horse ancient road, Jinshan mountain virgin forest(金山原始森林), Damoyan peak(大磨岩峰), Tusi Mansion土司府(listed as “national cultural relic protection unit” in 2014) and other attractions. Damoyan peak is the main peak of Ailao mountain range, 3166 meters above the sea level.
A. Main Attractions in Ailao Mountain Range
Tea-horse Ancient Road
B. Nearby Attractions
How to Get There
There are 6 non-stop buses a day from Kunming to Xinping County. Then another 2 hours and a half drive needs to spend from Xinping county to Ailao Mountain Scenic Spot.
Departure Time: 8:30, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:10, 16:30
Ticket Price: 73 CNY
Distance: About 180 kilometers
Consume Time: About 2.5 hours
The Best Time to Visit
Tour is suitable all-year-round, but the best time to sightsee is from July to October.
Recommended Hotels around Damoyan Peak of Ailao Mountain
Here are several recommended hotels in Xinping.
1. Shiguang Xiaozhu(Golden Time) Hotel新平时光小筑酒店
Address: Jiaxia Avenue, Jiasa Town, Xinping County, Yuxi玉溪新平县戛洒镇戛洒大道
Starting Price: 115 CNY
2. Nature Outdoor Villa新平大自然户外农庄
Address: Daha Liangzi, Daha Village, Jiasa Town, Xinping County, Yuxi玉溪新平县戛洒镇达哈村达哈梁子
Starting Price: 93 CNY
3. Xinping Ailao Mountain Hotel新平哀牢山酒店
Address: The Middle of Jiasa Avenue, Jiasa Town, Xinping County, Yuxi玉溪市新平县戛洒镇戛洒大道中段
Starting Price: 111 CNY
Useful Travel Tips
Located on Ailao mountain in Xinping County, the temperature difference at Damoyan Peak is large. You are supposed take coats to prevent a cold because of the large temperature difference from daytime to night.
Mountain area is prone to natural disasters, so try not to go out in heavy rain.
There are strong ultraviolet rays at Damoyan Peak of Ailao Mountain Range during sunny days, so protect yourself from the sun.
The price of ticket package is 60 yuan, including Shimen gorge, Tea-horse ancient road and Jinshan virgin forest.