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Sightseeing in Diqing - the Shangri-la

Bitahai Lake

    A primitive cover of coniferous trees, and highland lakes, are hallmarks of the Bitahai Lake Scenic Resort, a 1,418-hectare nature reserve at an altitude of 3,539 metres and 25 kilometres east of Zhongdian County. The Bitahai Lake, Lying in the heart of the nature reserve, covers 166 hectares with an average depth of 20 metres and a transparency of a dozen metres. The surface of the lake is spangled with jadeite-like isles. Trees of tender and graceful foliage, and groves of azaleas in a riot of colour, are scattered providently around the lake. A cruise on the lake is suggestive of a pleasant journey into the unadorned beauty of nature. It takes about 90 minutes to cover the seven-kitometer trip from the end of a highway to the Bitahai Lake by foot or horse.

Baishui Terrace (white water terrace)

    The three - square - kilometre Baishui Terrace lies snugly on a mountain slope 2,380 metres above sea level in Baidi Village, Sanba Township, 101 kilometres southeast of the seat of Zhongdian County. The variegated karst landform of the tableland is an outcome of the continuous piling up of Tosco (calcite sediments), resulting from the disintegration of calcium bicarbonate contained in the water.

Meili Snow mountain ( The Prince Snow Mountain )

    The Meili Snow Mountain, in the east suburb of Deqen County, is known for its main peak, the Kagebo, which is the peak of Yunnan at an elevation of 6,740 metres above sea level. The Kagebo Peak is surrounded by 13 lesser peaks, and at its foot lies a modern monsoon maritime glacier, a geographical rarity, given its low latitude and high altitude.

    On the southern side of the main peak, a waterfall - known as " a deluge of rain and god-mandated cascade " among the local people tumbles down from a breathtaking height of 1,000 metres. Despite the tact that man has long conquered Mount Qomolangma, the top of the Kagebo Peak, protected by perpendicular cliffs and foul climate, is still unconquered by men.

    The Prince Snow Mountain is seated at the west end of the Baimang Snow Mountain, higher and more elegant compared with the Bamang Snow Mountain. The local Zang people (Tibetans) regard it as a Holy Mountain. Each year in autumn, the Zang people come from far and near gathering here for Hajj the Prince Snow Mountain. One thing we would like to warn you is that climbing Meli Mountain could be very dangerous. Several attempts have been made to conquere Meli Mountain since '90, but all failed.

    In 1991, a Sino-Japan joint climbing team were very close to the main peak-Kawagebo when it began to snow heavely. The team were forced to abandon the climbing plan, and the whole team died in the way of returning to No.3 Base of 5,100 meters above sea level, including 6 Chinese and 11 Japanese, which marked the greatest sacrifice in the history of mountain- climbing in China. It's until in July,1998 that the frozen corpses of the team were found.

Baimang Snow Mountain

    Between the Golden Sand River and the Mekong River is the Baimang Snow Mountain with perennial snow - capped peaks. An area of 180,000 hectares around it is designated as the nature reserve, with a perfectly preserved primeval forest vertical landscape and valuable animals and plants. The Yunnan Snub - nosed Monkey, the first class protected animal in China, lives in this area.


Haba snow Mountain

    The Haba Mountain, its main peak 5,396 metres in height, stands 120 kilometres to the southeast of the seat of Zhongdian County. And its domain of 21,908 hectares, covered with a vertical distribution of forests, is rich in wildlife and plant resources. The attraction of the Sanba Tourist Area is attributed to the towering peaks of the Haba Mountain and its alpine morainal lake, endless tracks of azalea flowers, and cluster of waterfalls cascading down snow-covered cliffs.

    As one of the snow mountains in Deqen Prefecture, the Haba Snow Mountain should never be omitted. It is located by the Golden Sand River with an elevation of 5,396 meters for its main peak and the lowest river surface elevation of 1,550 meters above sea level. The nature reserve extends 22  kilometers from south to north and 19 kilometers from east to west. About half of the 13,000 kinds of plants in Yunnan, the Kingdom of Plants, could be found in here. The primeval forest serves as the valuable scientific research base. In addition, there are more than 900 varieties of rare medicinal materials, more than 25 species of protect animals at the national grade and about 50 kinds of azalea. The glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the southmost glacier in China.

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