Jinsha River Bridge The bridge over the Jinsha River opened April 2023 for vehicles and pedestrians. This allows direct access to Daju Village from Tiger Leaping Gorge. Ferry service across the river has ended, bringing to a close this long-standing service. The new bridge makes possible a loop drive from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge, Daju Village, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park and back to Lijiang.
Road from Shangri-La City to Haba Village Extensive road construction, widening and rerouting appears to have been completed. Problems remain, however, especially during the rainy season, with multiple landslides forcing traffic to navigate one-lane passageways. Fallen stones line much of the route, again resulting in one-lane traffic along certain sections. Still, travel time is reduced to about 2½ hours, compared with an additional hour previously.
Jianshan Route Access The road above Longwangbian Village has been extended to an elevation of 2,900 meters, where a guest house is under construction (27°22’42“N, 100°7’12“E). The guest house is located directly on the lower part of the Jianshan Route. The hike from there to Black Boulder Junction takes 15 minutes. Ask a guest house for a lift to the end of the road and save about 45 minutes of walking if starting from Haba Snow Mountain Inn.
Lanhua Meadow Route Access Mules for riding or packing can be contracted at a location called De La Mu Chang (德拉牧场) situated at 3,250 meters on the Lanhua Meadow Route (27°23’36“N, 100°6’11“E). Inquire at guest houses in Haba Village for more information. Passenger cars with good clearance can drive 2-3 kilometers up to this spot using the rough forest road starting at the Access Gate. De La Mu Chang is located above and beyond the side road which leads to the fishing pond. Gaining a lift to the spot will save 1¾ hours of walking over starting out at Haba Snow Mountain in Haba Village.