Are These the 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China?

Yellow Mountain in Anhui. (Image: Konggu Youlan)
Yellow Mountain in Anhui. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Did you know that Mount Everest is also called Mount Qomolangma, and about half of it is considered to be part of China?

And another Himalayan mountain was only successfully climbed in the last quarter-century!

These stunning lofty peaks are found in different areas of China, with three of them forming part of the Tibetan Plateau.

Not surprisingly, these gorgeous massifs have spiritual significance, and are considered sacred by many.

You can learn something about each one in this article.

 

1. Namcha Barwa in Tibet

Namcha Barwa in Tibet. (Image: Kong Guyoulan)

Namcha Barwa in Tibet. (Image: Kong Guyoulan)

This isolated Himalayan peak is about 25,500 feet high, and is situated inside the Great Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

It was the world’s highest unclimbed mountain until 1992, and only a handful of people have scaled it.

 

2. Mount Gongga in Sichuan

Mount Gongga in Sichuan. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Mount Gongga in Sichuan. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

The highest mountain in Sichuan Province is also known as Minya Konka, and locals call it the “King of Sichuan Mountains.”

It is part of the Daxue Shan range, and about 23,000 feet high, making it the tallest easternmost peak.

 

3. Mount Qomolangma in Tibet

Mount Qomolangma in Tibet. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Mount Everest in Tibet. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

This Himalayan peak is better known as Mount Everest, and of course Earth’s highest mountain at 29,029 feet. In Tibetan, Qomolangma means “holy mother” or “mother of the universe,” and there is a goddess with this name.

It is located on the border between Nepal and China, which runs directly over its summit.

 

 4. Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan

Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Buddhists consider this summit the most special of eight sacred mountains in Tibet.

It has 13 peaks averaging over 19,600 feet, known as prince peaks. The main one, Kawagebo, is pyramid-shaped, and often referred to as the Goddess of Meili Snow Mountain.

 

5. Yellow Mountain in Anhui

Yellow Mountain in Anhui. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Yellow Mountain in Anhui. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Also known as Mount Huangshan, this beautiful granite peak is in East China. It is well-vegetated below 3,600 feet, but some trees manage to grow up to 5,900 feet.

Many painters and poets have been inspired by Huangshan with its craggy outcrops and clinging pines.

 

6. Three Holy Mountains in Daocheng

Three Holy Mountains in Daocheng. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Three Holy Mountains in Daocheng. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Situated in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, the three sacred mountains of Daocheng are Xiannari, Yangmaiyong, and Xianuoduoji. Xiannari is the main peak at 19,790 feet.

Legend has it that this peaceful poised peak is the incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.

 

7. Chogori Peak in Xinjiang

Chogori Peak in Xinjiang. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Chogori Peak in Xinjiang. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Better known as K2 as it’s part of the Karakoram Range, “Chogori” is derived from the Tajik language, and means “high, great, and magnificent.” Its elevation is 28,251 feet, making it the second highest mountain on the planet.

It also has a reputation as the Savage Mountain because it is so hard to climb, having the second highest death rate of mountains at this height after Annapurna in Nepal. One person has perished out of every four mountaineers who reached the top, and it has never been climbed in winter. Trying to get there from the Chinese side is more dangerous, so most attempt it from the Pakistani side.

 

8. Mount Kailash in Tibet

Mount Kailash in Tibet. (Image: Yasunori Koide/Wikimedia Commons)

Mount Kailash in Tibet. (Image: Yasunori Koide/Wikimedia Commons)

Dubbed the “Treasure or Saint of Snow Mountain,” Kailash lies near the source of some of the world’s longest rivers, including the Indus River and the Karnali River (which later enters the Ganges).

It is considered a sacred summit by four religions—Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon, and Jainism—and is also home to Holy Lake. Each year, thousands of pilgrims walk the 32 mile circle around Kailash, which takes about three days, but is done in one day by some of the devout. Others take at least four weeks because they do full-length body prostrations along the entire route.

 

9. Mount Tai in Shandong

Mount Tai in Shandong. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Mount Tai in Shandong. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Mount Tai is an important summit in Buddhism and Daoism. Its tallest peak, the Jade Emperor Peak, is 5,069 tall.

There is a cable car that travels to the top, or you can climb it via a couple of routes.

 

10. Mount Emei in Sichuan

Mount Emei in Sichuan. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Mount Emei in Sichuan. (Image: Konggu Youlan)

Almost 100 miles from Chengdu , this UNESCO Natural and Cultural Heritage site has historical significance in Buddhism, and is renowned for its mild weather and gorgeous scenery.

It is 10,167 feet tall, and the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China.

Research by Ming Yue

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