Longwangbian Village in Haba Snow Mountain, Shangrila
Chinese Name: 龙汪边村
English Name: Longwangbian Village
Attraction Type: Snow Mountain, village
Best Time to Visit: March to June, September to December
Recommended Visiting Time: 2-4 days
Open Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: Free (if you want to climb Haba Snow Mountain, you need to pay 200 RMB)
Location: Southeast of Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Why is Longwangbian Village So Special?
The village is close to Haba Snow Mountain, and it is surrounded by mountains and rivers. A lot of tourists choose Longwangbian Village as a stop, when they plan to climb Haba Snow Mountain. The Longwang Spring Water in the village is a holy land of the Naxi people.
Where is Longwangbian Village?
Longwangbian Village is a zang and hui village in the southeastern part of Shangri-La City, Yunnan Province. It is at the foot of Haba Snow Mountain.
How to Get to Longwangbian Village?
Tourists can take a bus to Longwangbian Village and it will take about five hours from Lijiang and four hours from Shangri-La. Or hike from Tiger Leaping Gorge to Longwangbian Village, which will be more adventurous and strenuous. Renting a car to Haba village is also available.
History & culture
Longwangbian Village is at the foot of Haba Snow Mountain. “Haba” means golden flower in Naxi language.
► Ancient – February 1995, Haba Snow Mountain was an unknown place.
► In April 1995, Li Shunyou, a villager of Haba Village, first climb to the top of Haba Snow Mountain individually.
► In October 1995, Jinfeibiao of Yunnan Tanxian Travel Agency led a team of 4 people for the first time to climb to the top of this mountain along the traditional route of northwest side of slope.
► In October, 1999, outdoor climbing team of Meili Yunnan reached the summit along the northwest ridge of north slope in the first time.
► Since 1995, there were more than 200 people reached the summit successfully.
What to See at Longwangbian Village?
You can enjoy splendid landscapes in Haba Snow Mountain.
►Snow Peak: It is covered by snow year-round. The upstanding main peak, together with four little peaks around it, seems to be a shining crown on a fine day in the distance.
► Magnificent Glaciers: The glaciers that cover Haba mountain, known locally as the “snow sea”, lie about 4,000 meters above sea level on the northwestern slope of the peak of Haba.
► Black Sea: It gets its name from the color of its water which is as black as ink. An abundance of Chinese giant salamanders will swim together forming a ring in the shallows of the Black Sea with an appropriate temperature is reached, which makes it more attractive.
► Wonderful Waterfalls: There are also hanging springs and waterfalls in Haba Snow Mountain including Jianshan Waterfall, Dadiaoshui Waterfall, etc.
► Beautiful Azaleas: From April to June, there are more than 200 hundred kinds of azaleas are distributed from the bottom to the top of the mountain, accounting for 70% of those in Yunnan.
Best Time to Visit Longwangbian Village
Best time to climb Haba Snow Mountain is also the best time to visit Longwangbian Village. You can visit between mid of March till end of June and mid of September till mid of December. Because the other periods are mostly rainy or windy. From April to June, the blossoming rhododendrons add more glamour to mysterious Haba Snow Mountain. In the late autumn, the forest is full of color, the air is pure, and the starry sky can be photographed. From November to December, the light wind makes tourists more easily to climb up to the summit.
Accommodate at Longwangbian Village
There are not many accommodation choices around Longwangbian Village. More accommodation is in the Haba Village which is next to the Longwangbian Village. Most of guesthouses provide equipment for climbing. There are huts at the base camp. During summer time you can camp and sleep in a tent, while in winter staying in the hut is the best option. It is good enough to spend the night, with simple beds and served as a good shelter from wind.
Recommended Visiting Route
Longwangbian Village is at the foot of Haba Snow Mountain. There are some routes about Haba Snow Mountain.
► Day 1: Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Haba village
► Day 2: Haba Village – The Base Camp of Haba Snow Mountain
► Day 3: The Base Camp of Haba Snow Mountain – The Summit – The Base Camp of Haba Snow Mountain
► Day 4: The Base Camp of Haba Snow Mountain – Haba Village – Lijiang
Haba Snow Mountain
Haba Snow Mountain is a mountain rising above the northwest side of Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China. The summit of the mountain is a popular destination for amateur mountaineers and its lowest slopes are crossed by the popular Tiger Leaping Gorge trail.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
The Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges with spectacular sceneries on the planet such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the west and Haba Snow Mountain to the east.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday.
Useful Travel Tips
When you arrive to Longwangbian Village and want to climb Haba Snow Mountain, there are some tips for you.
► Although Haba Snow Mountain is considered a perfect mountain for beginners, there are some accidents happened sometimes, so everything needs to be paid full attention and taken care of.
► If you also plan to climb Haba Snow Mountain without any previous experience, it is doable, but hire a mountain guide, at least for the first time.
► Be ready that your plans ascending mountain top can be canceled. If you have time, stay more days at the base camp, and climb when the weather is good.
► It is very important to have suitable waterproof shoes and clothes, warm gloves, hat, head lamp, couple a pair of socks, sunscreen, lip balm; take also mobile power bank, hiking stick. Sleeping bag is very useful, especially if you visit during winter.