Blue Moon Valley is a popular spot inside the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area, nine miles (15 kilometers) away from Lijiang Old Town. Located beside the Spruce Plateau, the east side of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang, the Blue Valley looks just like a hanging waterfall from heaven.
Blue Moon Valley’s waterfall is fed by the melting snow and ice running down from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The water is freezing. Even in summer, visitors cannot bear the piercing cold when they dabble in the river. Seen from a distance, it resembles a blue crescent moon inlaid at the foot of the mountain.
However, blue is not the only color of the river. The river is extremely clear and clean without any pollution. The riverbed consists of white marble and limestone gravel. If it rains, the white mud and limestone rubble at the riverbed will be swirled up, making the water as white as milk. Therefore, local Naxi people name it the White Water River (Baishuihe River).
It is said that the water in the Baishuihe River is a sacred place of love. When two Naxi teenagers fall in love with each other, the boy will stand barefoot in the cold river in winter to test his love for the girl. It is believed that their love will be tested and last forever in the holy mountain.
The White River terraced waterfall is not 100% natural but partly man-made. Still, it is really beautiful in white color and unique in a crescent shape. Many travelers consider it a smaller version of Pamukale in Turkey. If you visit it in the off-peak season, you can enjoy the delightful serenity and get great shots of the waterfall terraces with the majestic snow mountain as the backdrop, without tourist crowds.
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