China's Mountains


China is fortunate to have many magnificent mountain ranges in various topographical settings. The famous mountain ranges include the Himalayas, Kunlun, Tian, Tang Gu Draw, Qinling, Daxing'an, Taihang, and the Qilian range.


The Himalayas: Along the Chinese border with countries such as India and Nepal, the Himalayas form an arc shape and extend more than 2400 kilometers with an elevation of 6000 meters. It is the tallest mountain range in the world.


The Kunlun: From the Pamir Mountain Area in the west to the northwestern part of Sichuan Province in the east, the Kunlun range is more than 2500 kilometers long and has an average elevation of 5000-7000 meters. Its highest peak is 7719 meters.


Tian Mountain Range: This range lies across the middle part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regions in the northwestern part of China. It has an elevation of 3000-5000 meters, and it's highest peak stretches 7455 meters high.


Tang Gu La Range: Lies on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with an average elevation of 6000 meters. Its highest peak is the Geladandong at 6621 meters high. The Tang Gu La is also the source of the Yangtze River, the longest river in China.


Qinling Mountains: From eastern Gansu Province to west Henan Province, the Qinling Mountains have an average elevation of 2000-3000 meters with the highest peak, Taibai Mountain, stretching 3767 meters into the sky. It is an important boundary line between the north and south China.


Daxing'an Ling: This range begins at the Mo River near Heilongjiang Province in the northeast of China to the old river of Kazakhstan in the south. It's 1000 kilometers long and has an average elevation of 1500 meters.The highest peak, at 2029 meters, is Huanggangliang.


Taihang: This mountain range lies across the eastern edge of Loess Plateau from north to south. It is 400 kilometers long with an average elevation of 1500-2000 meters. Xiao Wutai Mountain is the highest peak with an elevation of 2882 meters.


Qilian: The Qilian range lies on the northern border of Qingzang Plateau and has an average elevation above 4000 meters. The highest peak is 5547 meters above sea level.


Hengduan: The Hengduan range stands on the southeast corner of Qingzang Plateau at the intersection of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan. It has an average elevation of 2000-6000 meters with Gongga Mountain its highest peak at 7756 meters.


Taiwan Range: Passing through in the east of Taiwan Island, this range has an average elevation of 3000-3500 meters. Its highest peak, Yushan, has an elevation of 3952 meters


There are many other famous mountains in China. They are: Heng, Tai, Hua, Song, Heng, Emei, Lu, Wudang, and Yandang mountains.