Plan your China tour? As you know, China is huge, so where to start your trip and what to be covered in your China trip? It largely depends on your personal taste. If you are interested in popular places in China, you may check Top 10 Places in China for your reference.
If you like mountains, this post will be surely arouse your interest. Here you will be taken on the mental trip to the top 10 most beautiful mountains in China. Are you a benevolent man? In China we have a saying that “The wise find joy in water; the benevolent find joy in mountains.”.
1. Mt. Everest (the guardian of your heart and soul) 珠穆朗玛峰
Location: Mt.Everest is located in the Himalayan mountains between China’s Tibet and Nepal with its north side in China and South side in Nepal. In China Mt.Everest is called Zhumulangma or Qomolangma which derived from Tibet, the highest mountain in the world, 8844.43m.
Best Travel Time: September and October
On August 25, 2011, together with 24 group members on a 35-seat bus, aftere 5 hours’bumpy drive, we successfully reached the Mt.Everest Base Camp and (EBC) and saw the unparalleled beauty of the snow covered peak of Mt.Everest under a clear sky. I’ve made a trip report on our exciting trip, which may be helpful for those who have the same dream to view the highest mountain in the world at a shortest distance as a common tourist. See my Tingri to Mt.Everest Trip Report.
2. Mt.Kailash ( where you look up at the deities) 冈仁波齐峰
Location: Mt.Kailash is located in the north of Pulan county in Tibet. It is the second highest peak (6721m) in the Gangdisê Mountains which runs parallel to the Himalayan mountains. Mt.Kailash is considered to be the “Holy Mountain” for the four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and prayed by the pilgrims from the neighbouring countries like Tibet, Nepal, India.
Best Travel time; May – October
In the hearts of the pilgrims, Mt.Kailash is a holy place or the Buddha or God itself. Each year thousands of pilgrims made visits to the holy mountain and keep the tradition of walking around the mountain. It is said that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The path around Mt.Kailash is about 52km. People in good shape take 15 hours to complete the 52 km trek.
Mt.Kailash also attracts the International Mountaineering. A number of mountaineers have prospected the mountain with a view to climbing. But up to now Mt.Kailash has not been climbed for various reasons. The main reason is that nobody wants to offend the holy peak.
3. Mt.Namjagbarwa ( a beauty abutting the death ) 南迦巴瓦峰
Location: Mt.Namjabarwa is located in the southeast of Tibet, the 15th highest mountain in the world at the height of 7782m. It is the highest peak below 8000m in the world. “Namjabarwa” literally means a boulder fallen from the sky.
Best Travel Time; February – April and October – November
Mt.Namjabarwa is famed as “the father of icebergs”. The foot of the peak is teemed with a number of hot springs and rich vegetation, which is an ideal place for both leisure and exploration.
Its colossal triangle body is capped with snow and mists all year around and people find it hard to see its true face. In 1992 that the Sino-Japan Mountain Climbing Team conquered Mt.Nanjiabawa. Today it has become a very popualar and challenging destination for leisure travelers and professional mountain climbers from both home and abroad.
4. Mt.Tianshan (one of the longest and highest mountain belts in Central Asia) 天山山脉
Location: Tianshan Mountains are located in the middle of Xinjiang which divides Xinjiang into two parts – Northen Xinjiang and Southern Xinjiang; the Junggar Basin to its north and Tarim Basin to its south.
Best Travel Time: June – August
The colossal mountain ranges snake at the length of 2500km and the width of 250km – 300k with average sea-level 0f 5000m. The highest peak in Mt.Tianshan is Bogeda Peak (about 5445m). Here there are a plethoral of snow capped peaks; beautiful alpine meadows; numerous sheep and oxen and mesmerising lakes – Narat Grassland, Heavenly Lake, and Sayram lake.
5. Mt.Gongga (The wind stops your steps) 贡嘎山
Location: Mt. Gongga is also known as Mt.Konka and Mt. Minya Konka. It is located on the eastern edge of Tibetan – Qinghai Plateau among the border area of the four counties including Kanding, Luding, Shimian and Jiulong. It is 60km long from north to south and 30km wide from east to west with its main peak as high as 7556m, making it the highest mountain in Sichua Province.
Best Visit Time: May and June
“Gongga” in Tibetan means the highest snow mountain. There are over 10 alpine lakes and 45 snow capped peaks surrounding the main peak, which look gorgeous, up the mountains
capped in snow and down immersed in the green vegetation. Every year it attract a great number of leisure travers and professional mountaineers to challenge the extreme limits and pleasure.
6. Changbai Mountains (Spring starts here) 长白山
Location: Mt.Changbai is a mountain range on the border between China and North Korea. Its highest peak is on the North Koreas’ side – Jiangjun Peak (2750m) and within China’s border the highest peak is Baiyun Peak(2691m).
Best Travel Time: July – September
Mt.Changbai is considered the “No.01 Mountaini in Northeast China” as well as the highest mountain. It boasts the thousand years’ snow mountains, gleaming lakes, gorgeous volcanos, snow pines, rare aninmals.
7. Meri Snow Mountain (Cold Beauty far away) 梅里雪山
Location: Meri Snow Mountain is located on the main ridge of Nushan between Nujiang (Nu River) and Lanchangjiang (lanchang River). It is on the southern edge of Tibetan – Qinghai Plateau in the area between Yunnan and Tibet.
Best Travel Time: October – next May
Meri Snow Mountain is grandeous and brilliant with 13 high peaks over 6000m, which are nicknamed “13 Prince Peaks” with its highest peak Kawa Karpo Peak (6740m), the highest peak in Yunnan Province.
An American scholar – Mt.Rock praised it as “the most beautiful mountain in the world”. It beauty and sanctity attracts more and more travelers home and abroad trying to see its true face which is very often lost in snow and mist.
Meri Snow Mountain
8. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Half hidden and half visible) 玉龙雪山
Location: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is ten miles from Lijiang, piercing to the elevation of 5,596m and standing aloft on southwest plateau of Yunnan in the south of the Hengduan Mountains.
Best Travel Time: February – June
Its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the modern world. Shanzidou, the main peak of the mountain at 18,000 feet above sea level, looks like a gigantic dragon twist in white snow all year round. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Dragon Spruce Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
9. Huangshan Mountain (Huangshan overshadows all other mountains) 黄山
Location: It is located 80km north of Huangshan City in the south of Anhui Province. The mountain range is 40km north south and 30km east west with its highest peak – Lotus Peak (1864m), famed as the No.01 Mountain under Heaven.
Huangshan Mountain is famed for its beautiful landscape – Staggering sunrise and sunset, fantastically shaped granite peaks, the gnarled forms of ubiquitous Huangshan pine trees, and the other-worldly sea of the clouds. The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO inscribed Mt.Huangshan on the list of Natural and Cultural Heritage on the World in 1990. The nearby villages of Hongcun and Xidi were also named part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. In 2002, Mount Huang was named the “sister mountain” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. See my Huangshan Trip Report.
10. Mount Emei (the most delicate under the sky) 峨眉山
Location: Mount Emei is located southwest of Sichuan Basin, on the upper reaches of Yangtze River and stands between Dadu River and Qingyi River. Mt. Emei is one of China’s four sacred Buddhist Mountains and has been a popular place of pilgrimage for the past 1800 years. Emei literally means “Delicate Eyebrow Mountain”- it derives its name from two peaks which face each other and look like the delicate eyebrows of a Chinese classic beauty.
Best Travel Time: March – May and July – September.
Mt. Emei is famous for its enjoyable natural scenery, extensive Buddhist culture, abundant range of species and unique landform. Thus it gets such titles as “Kingdom of Plants”, “Geological Museum”, “Animals’ Paradise” and “Buddhist Celestial Mountain”. Continuous ranges of peaks and tall trees cover the mountain. Water flows swiftly as if it were flying. Birds are singing and pretty butterflies are dancing. Monkeys are the soul of Mt. Emei, they are lovely, naughty but friendly to people. See my Mt.Emei Trip Report.
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