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Meili Snow Mountain

Meili Snow Mountain

Situated 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) northeast of Deqin County of Yunnan Province, Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, is Yunnan’s one of the most splendid scenic spot boasting numerous snow-clad ridges and peaks. It lies close to the northwestern boundary of the province and is bounded by the Salween River on the west and the Mekong on the east.

Meili Snow Mountain is a mountain range in the Chinese province of Yunnan, 13 peaks exceeding 6,000 meters (19.685 feet) above the sea level. Among them, the highest peak is the Kawagebo Peak (meaning “White Snow Mountain” in Tibetan), which rises to 6,740 metres (22,110 ft). Kawagebo is considered sacred for Tibetan Buddhists. Other significant peaks include Mianzimu, Peak 6509 and Jiariren-an. Because of restrictions and dangerous conditions, none of the major peaks in the range have ever been summited. Thus, Meili Snow Mountain is a challenge for all mountain explorers from home and abroad.

The majestic snow-capped peaks of Meili Snow Mountain have long captured the world's imagination. In a sunny day, the sun throws golden lights on the peaks, making them more attractive. But mostly, the mountain presents itself as mystery when dense fog and clouds made it a gleaming sight to see and you could hardly resist the temptation to unveil it. Standing at the vantage points, visitors will be fascinated by the spectacular view. The Feilai Temple in the west of Deqin County is a good position where visitors can have a panoramical view of the thirteen towering peaks.

The foot of the Kang Karpo Peak lie the peculiar low-altitude glaciers formed in modern times. Strong updrafts collide with cloud airflow from the inner continents in this area producing frequent dense fog and heavy snow. The resulting topographic extremes include hanging glaciers, icefalls and snow slides. Especially, the Mingyong Glaciers rushes from an altitude of 5,500 meters (18.045 feet) down to the forest zone at an altitude of 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) in rainy seasons. Seen from a distance, it resembles a giant white snake winding among the green mountains. On the south side of the peak, a waterfall named 'holy collapsing rain' falls from thousands of meters high. Pure water splashed from snow cracks and with the help of the sunlight, rainbows are often seen hanging above the fall.

Because of its high altitude, we can find several climatic zones on the mountain. Between the foot and the summit of the mountain are several plant distribution systems that transition from the tropical zone to the northern Frigid Zone, vertically covered with diversity of plant, vast expanse of grassland and rich fungi species.

Meili Snow Mountain is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism.

In later autumn and early winter every year, pilgrims from Tibet, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu travel hundreds of kilometers to pay homage to the sacred mountain. They prostrate their way around the holy mountain for one to two weeks. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery and loftiness to it.

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