Also named “Splendid Vale”, the Spruce Plateau is a large meadow hiding behind a primeval forest. It lies at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and is encircled by lofty spruces. The plateau is over 3,000 meters above the sea level. Standing on the plateau, you can feast your eyes on a vast extent of verdant meadow which is both serene and captivating. Animals like yak, cattle and goats wander here, dipping their heads from time to time to gnaw the fresh grass. Far away, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is lofty and rises highly into the air, seeming to overlook the meadow. What separates the plateau and the mountain is a forest lying on the edge of the plateau. In the forest, trees are lofty and deadwood and lichen are everywhere, making the forest look like a fairyland that hasn’t been disturbed by the mundane world for thousands of years. In the minds of the Naxi People in Lijiang, the plateau is the entrance to the heaven (locally called “Yu Long Di Dan Guo” or the “Third Realm of Yulong”). Legend goes that the first death for love in Lijiang took place on the plateau. In the past, lovers came here to suicide for love when their love and marriage were strongly rejected. From generation to generation, tragedy has become romantic stories and attracts numerous lovers coming here together to enjoy romance.