Dali is home to some of the rarest camellias in China and Cangshan was the source of most of these. The stock for most azaleas grown in Europe was sourced from wild azaleas on Cangshan. Most of the lower slopes are covered in replanted pine forests, with higher slopes, and steep valleys showing areas of more natural forest cover.
Mt Cangshan is mainly composed of of metamorphic rocks, including marble renowned for its beautiful colour and structure. It is the southernmost mountain in Asia reached by the latest glaciation period and many glacial landforms are well preserved and displayed. Mt Cangshan is a sacred mountain and displays unusual natural beauty.
The Cang Mountains (Cangshan) are a mountain range west of Dali City. Their snow-capped peaks, flowing clouds, murmuring brooks, diverse flora, and historical temples make them one of the most famous attractions in Dali. It is a great place to enjoy a bird's eye view of Erhai Lake and Dali Ancient Town.
The Three Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple (Chinese: 崇 圣 寺 三 塔) are an ensemble of three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of an equilateral triangle, near the old town of Dali, Yunnan province, China, dating from the time of the Kingdom of Nanzhao and Kingdom of Dali in the 9th and 10th centuries.
Butterfly Spring sits at the foot of the Yunlong Peak, one of the peaks of Cangshan Mountain, near Dali in Yunnan Province. There is a pond with clear water mirroring the surroundings, and tens of thousands of butterflies gather here and dance in the sky.
Nanzhao Amorous Island is located in Erhai Lake southwest of Shuanglang Village on the east bank of Erhai lake, Dali, Yunnan, China. Nanzhao Amorous Island is located in Erhai Lake southwest of Shuanglang Village on the east bank of Erhai lake, Dali, Yunnan, China.
Dali is situated in the transition area between the dramatic valleys of the eastern Tibetan Plateau and the distinctive mountains of the western Yungui Plateau. The county-level city surrounds Erhai Lake between the Cang Mountains to the west and Mount Jizu to the east.
The distance is about 93 miles (150km). I am afraid that few taxis will go to such a faraway place. You may take a bus to Nanjian from East Bus Station at No. 372, Weishan Road. The buses are available from 07:20 to 19:30 at intervals of 10 minutes, and the fare is CNY 10. Upon arrival, take a bus to Shale, and get off at the mountain.
The cableway is 5555 meters long, rising up 1648 meters from the foot of the mountain. The full set of equipment was imported from France. It is a mono-cable circulating closed gondola lift with 8 seats in each cabin. The route links the best viewpoints in Cangshan scenic spots from lower altitude to higher ones.