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Yarlung Zangbo Canyon
2006-02-21 15:11:27

Yarlung Zangbo River originates from the middle section of the northern slopes of the Himalaya Mountains, at an elevation of more than 6,000 meters. It turns south suddenly in Mainling County and cuts the Himalayas into two sections. Then the river runs through a narrow passage between the two 7,000 meter high peaks of Namjagbarwa and Jialabailei. Its flow averages 1,000 cubic meters per second year round. In one section of less than 1,000 meters, there is a drop of more than 300 meters with a current velocity of more than 18 meters per second. Here is the Yarlung Zangbo Canyon, one of the top rated natural sites in the world. Here one will find plenty of nature's wonders, including the precipitous cliffs, hot springs, waterfalls, primeval forests, rare plants and animals.

It takes one month to travel entirely through the Yarlung Zangbo Canyon. July to October is the best time for entering the canyon. (Photo source:


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