Qilian Mountains

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The Qilian Mountains also known as Richthofen Range, (祁连山), together with the Altyn-Tagh (Altun Shan) also known as Nan Shan (南山, literally “Southern Mountains”), as it is to the south of Hexi Corridor, is a northern outlier of the Kunlun Mountains, forming the border between Qinghai and the Gansu provinces of northern China.

The range stretches from the south of Dunhuang some 800 km to the southeast, forming the northeastern escarpment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

The mountain is at an altitude between 4,000 and 5,000 meters above sea level in average. The long and wide ice glacier terrain formed by the accumulated snow is spectacular. The so-called “it snows in June in Qilian Mountain” is the portrayal of the climates and its natural landscape.

In the virgin forest area of Qilian Mountain, there are 157,000 hectares of forest resources, composing a large forest area in Qinghai province. There are trees like spruces, Sabina chinensis, poplars and bushes like hippophae rhamnoides and hawkweeds. In the thick forests, crowds of deer could be seen running and wandering around. The atmosphere in the mountain is wild and the environment is graceful.

The characteristic ecosystem of the Qilian Mountains has been described by the World Wildlife Fund as the Qilian Mountains conifer forests.

Qilian Mountain (Zhangye)

Photo taken on July 28, 2013 shows a sheep on the top of mountain in Sunan county, Northwest China’s Gansu province. The scenic spot attracted many tourists with its snow mountains and blossoming flowers. [Photo/Xinhua]

Qilian Mountain (Zhangye)

Photo taken on July 27, 2013 shows the scenery of the Qilian Mountains in Sunan county, Northwest China’s Gansu province. The scenic spot attracted many tourists with its snow mountains and blossoming flowers.[Photo/Xinhua]

Qilian Mountain (Zhangye)

Photo taken on July 28, 2013 shows the scenery around the Qilian Mountains in Qilian county, Northwest China’s Qinghai province. The scenic spot attracted many tourists with its snow mountains and blossoming flowers.[Photo/Xinhua]

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