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Mountain Ranges of China, Most Beautiful Mountains in China

China has many mountains, with mountainous areas making up two-thirds of its total land area. China has seven of the world's 12 mountain peaks over 8,000 meters above sea level. Crisscrossing each other in different trends, high mountain ridges have been shaped into many mountain systems, forming the framework of China's topography. Well-known mountain ranges in China are the Himalayas, the Kunlun Mountains, the Tianshan Mountains, the Qinling Mountains, the Greater Hinggan Mountains, the Taihang Mountains, the Qilian Mountains, and the Hengduan Mountains.

Most Beautiful Mountains in China

10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China

China has a vast territory, beautiful mountains and rivers, and many famous peaks, but among the many peaks, which ones are the most beautiful? Today, I will take an inventory of the ten most beautiful mountains in China.

Mount Kailash Mountain

The ten most beautiful mountains in China are Mount Gonggar, Mount Everest, Mount Meili Snow, Mount Huangshan, Mount Sanshen Mountain, Mount Chogoli Peak, Mount Kailash Sacred Mountain, Mount Tai, Mount Emei, and Mount Lu. These famous mountains have a high altitude and beautiful environment, like a fairyland on earth, and the original natural appearance is well preserved, some of them have a long history and culture, have a close relationship with Buddhism, and are permeated with a strong sense of Zen.

1. Mount Kailash Mountain

Location: Ngari (Ali), Tibet
Feature: A World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO.
Recommended tour: 15 Days Mount Kailash and Lake Monasarova Group Tour

There is a "sacred mountain" in Tibet, called Kailash Peak, which is said to have the power to distort time and space, and such a legend undoubtedly adds a strong touch to the mystery of this "sacred mountain". As a result, no one dares to reach the summit of this mountain to this day.

Moreover, many pilgrims come here to visit the mountain, and many sects believe that Kailash is the center of the world. The "mountain god" Kailash Peak is the main peak located in the Gundes Mountains. For a long time, this mountain has been a sacred mountain worshiped by various local sects and sects, and it is also known as "the first sacred mountain in Tibet".

Kailash is located in the northern part of Baga Township, Pulan County, Ali Prefecture, western Tibet, with a central location near 81.3°176′ east longitude and 31°176′ north latitude. Kailash is the main peak of Mount Gundes, the highest peak in the western part of the Gundes Mountain Range (which stretches between the Kunlun Mountains in the north and the Himalayas in the south), one of the four sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism, and recognized as the "center of the world" by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism, the native religion of Tibet.

At 6,714 meters above sea level, Kailash is composed of Neogene gravel, a steep, conical "pyramid-shaped" mountain with four walls, which Tibetans call "the handle of a stone mill", and the four walls are symmetrical. To the south is the more famous symbol: the Buddhist swastika (a symbol of spiritual strength in Buddhism, meaning the eternal existence of the Dharma, representing auspicious and protective protection) composed of a huge ice trough running vertically down from the summit and a horizontal rock formation. In addition, it is covered in ice and snow all year round and is dotted with 28 modern glaciers. Kailash was selected by National Geographic magazine as one of the ten most beautiful mountains in China.

Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan

2. Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan

Location: Deqin County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
Feature: the most beautiful mountains in the world

Recommended tour: 5 Days Shangri-La & Meili Snow Mountain Pilgrimage Tour

For Yunnan, everyone will say a wonderland on earth, its scenery is very beautiful. Then the snowy mountains located in it can be imagined how dazzling! There are countless snow-capped mountains in China, and if you want to say which snowy mountain is the most beautiful, it is Meili Snow Mountain.

In the morning, you stand at the foot of the mountain, watching the sun rise slowly like a child in bed, the beam of sunlight shining on the snowy mountain, the scenery is exceptionally beautiful, you can't help but want to record this rare scenery with your camera. If you don't catch the sunrise, you can enjoy the sunset over the snowy mountains, which is just as impressive as the sunrise.

The Yellow Mountains

3. The Yellow Mountains

Location: Huangshan City, Anhui Province, East China

Feature: A World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. A famous scenic mountain featuring oddly shaped pines, grotesque rocks, sea of clouds and sunrise/sunset.

Recommended tour: 3-Day Yellow Mountains and Hongcun Village Tour

Most people think that the reason why Huangshan is called "Yellow Mountain" is because the scenery on the Yellow Mountain is mainly yellow, but in fact, the origin of its name is because the Yellow Emperor practiced here in ancient times, so it was called Huangshan. Unlike other mountains in China, the Yellow Mountain is known for its steepness. Officially, because of its steepness, the formation of countless strange small peaks makes the Yellow Mountain even more mysterious, and people can't help but ponder whether there is a worldly master living in the Yellow Mountain? Yellow Mountain in all seasons has its own unique characteristics, which is also its attraction.

In the spring, everything in the Yellow Mountain is revived, and from a distance, the green leaves slowly poke out their little heads like shy children; In summer, the Yellow Mountain can be described as grass and warblers, a green color, like a good piece of jade; Autumn is even more colorful, and winter is like a fairy.

Guilin Yangshuo Mountain Range

4. Guilin Yangshuo Mountain Range

Located in Yangshuo County, Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yangshuo Mountain is one of the famous mountain ranges in southern China. It is famous for its unique strange peaks and rocks, fresh idyllic scenery and beautiful Li River basin, and is one of the most beautiful mountains in China.

Yangshuo Mountain consists of seven peaks, namely Camel Mountain, Dule Mountain, Moon Mountain, Guilin Mountain, Five Finger Mountain, Grape Mountain and Goose Palm Mountain. These peaks come in a variety of shapes, some resembling camels, others resembling grapes, and others resembling five fingers. One of the most famous is Goose Palm Mountain, because its shape is very similar to an unfolded goose paw, and it is known as the "treasure of Zhenshan Mountain" of Yangshuo Mountain.

The landscape of Yangshuo Mountain is very diverse. At the foot of the mountain, there is a continuous field of hills and green fields with rice fields and terraces unique to southern China. In the mountains, there are many strange rocks and caves, such as thousand-year-old caves and turtle rocks, etc., and these geological landscapes reflect the peaks and forests, forming many beautiful scenic routes. In addition, Yangshuo Mountain also has many historical and cultural attractions, such as the famous West Street, Jingjiang Royal Mansion, etc., allowing tourists to enjoy the beautiful scenery while also feeling the simple cultural atmosphere.

Recommended tour: 5 Days Best Guilin Yangshuo Vacation

Mount Huashan

5. Mount Huashan

Located in Weinan City, Shaanxi Province, Mount Hua is one of the famous mountains in China and one of the top ten famous mountains in China. Mount Hua is famous for its steep peaks, dangerous mountain roads and ancient cultural heritage. The main peak of Mount Hua, the South Peak, is 2,154 meters above sea level and is one of the highest peaks in Shaanxi Province. Climbing Mount Hua, you can enjoy spectacular peaks, challenging mountain trails and rich cultural heritage, and feel the history and cultural heritage of China.

Recommended tour:3 Days Xian Mount Huashan Leisure Tour

Mount Gongga

6. Mount Gongga

Located in Kangding, Mount Gongga (or Minya Konka in Tibetan) is the highest mountain in Sichuan.Mount Gongga is famous for its glaciers. Eroded by glaciers, the steep peaks have a pyramidal shape and tower into the sky.

The most attractive scenic spot is Hailuogou. Hailuogou is located on the east slope of Mount Gongga. It is the only glacier and forest park in China.

Crystal clear glaciers pour down from the high valleys. Huge ice caves and steep ice bridges make it seem as though you are stepping into a crystal palace in a mythical world.

You could travel across time and space to the "Ice Age" and enjoy a hot spring hidden in a valley.

Recommended tour: 7 Days Sichuan Discovery Tour

Mount Wutai

7. Mount Wutai

Location: Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, North China

Feature: A World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. It is the oldest and the most prestigious among the four.

Mount Wutai has an abundance of smaller peaks - many odd-shaped - rock outcroppings, steep cliffs, and beautiful caves, ponds of various sizes, bubbling springs and spring-fed streams. Many temples on Mount Wutai have, as an extra feature, pagodas. These vary in material from wood to brick to iron to stone, including more exotic materials such as glazed glass and crystal glass.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

8. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Location: Yuhu Village, Lijiang, Yunnan

Popular activities: taking a cable car or hiking up the mountain to enjoy the snow scenery

Recommended tour: 3-Day Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Hiking Tour

Jade Dragon (Yulong) Snow Mountain is in the closest snow-capped mountain range to the equator outside the Andes. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is sacred in the hearts of Naxi people.

Glaciers, canyons, waterfalls, and colorful azaleas blooming at different elevations, not to mention its snowy summits, make up the most beautiful scenery of the mountain. Its main peak, Shanzidou, 5,596 meters (18,359 feet) above sea level, has not yet been conquered.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a popular hiking destination. Skip the cable cars, and ascend the lofty mountain step by step to get close to its beauty and feel its awesomeness.

You will cross a grassland and go through a forest to get to a meadow at the southern foot of the mountain range.

You could find cows in the forest. And if you are lucky, you will see yaks on the meadow. From March to May, the slopes are covered with azalea flowers.

The Three Mountains of God

9. The Three Mountains of God

The Three mountains of God is the most attractive attraction in Yading, Daocheng. It is one of the 24 holy lands of Buddhism.The sun on the plateau, snow on the sacred mountain, and the pure blue sky will refresh your heart.

The three snow-capped mountains include Mount Jambeyang at 5958 meters high, Mount Chanadorje at 5958 meters high, and Mount Shenrezig at 6032 meters high. They sit in a triangle formation and represent compassion, wisdom, and power respectively.

These mountains are very holy to the Tibetan people who believe that their wishes will come true if they make pilgrimages three times to these three sacred mountains.

Mount Emei

10. Mount Emei

Mt. Emei in Sichuan Province in Southwest China is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China thanks to its pleasant weather, congenial atmosphere, the inspiring natural scenery and the influence of the Buddhist culture. The mountain is characterized by lofty ancient trees, impressive waterfalls, pristine brooks and numerous Buddhist temples.

Time needed: 1 day
Popular activities: Buddhist worship, sightseeing, climbing
Open: all day
Best times: spring and autumn
Suitable for: nature lovers, Buddhists


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