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  • Baimang Snow Mountain

  • Area: Deqin Scenic Spots
  • Location: Deqin,Yunnan
  • Baimang Snow Mountain, also called Baima Snow Mountain, stands in the mid-section of the Hengdgun Mountain range in southeast Deqin of Yunnan Province, between the Jinsha and Lancang rivers. Most of its perennial snow-capped peaks are over 5,000 meters. Zhalaqueni, the highest peak of Baimang Snow Mountain is 5,640m above sea level, while Xiaruoxiang, the lowest point, is 2,080m. From afar, the peaks look like a cluster of hurtling snow-horses, hence the name "Baima(white horse) Mountain" by local Tibetans. On its west and east are deep canyons carved from the Lancang and Jinsha rivers, while on the bank opposite the Lancang River are the 13 peaks of the Meili Snow Mountain

Brief Introduction

Located in Deqin County in Northwest Yunnan, Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve was established in 1983 and was approved as a state-level one in 1988. What have been mainly conserved inside the reserve are alpine coniferous forests, natural sights of vertically-distributing highland vegetation and snub-nosed monkey (golden monkey).

The Reserve belongs to Hengduan Mountain Ranges with Yunlin Mountain System running through it latitudinally. There are altogether 20 peaks whose altitudes are 5,000 meters above the sea level. The highest point of Baimang Snow Mountain is 5,430 meters thus exhibiting a sharp drop difference of some 3,000 meters. The climate varies according to the altitudes. Natural sights and biological resources distribute distinctly on a vertical basis.

Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve abounds in vertically-distributing vegetation that can fall into 7 types, 11 subtypes and 37 formations. With the vegetation coverage being 131,306 hectares or 62.8 in percentage, Baimang Snow Mountain Reserve boasts huge timber storage of nearly 42 million cubic meters. Major protected plants include Sorolepidium glaciale, Kingdonia uniflora, Chinese yew, Chinese dove tree, Chinese caterpillar fungus, Matsutake, tuniclike psammosilene root, Pseudotsuga forrestii, Picea brachytyla var complanata, Torreya yunnanensis, Taiwania flousiana, Radix picrorrhizae and anisodamine etc.

The luxuriant forests and bushes are considered cozy shelters for a variety of wild lives, especially for beasts and birds to multiply. Key protected animals include snub-nosed monkey (golden monkey), Neofelis nebulosa (clouded leopard or Yunbao Lepoard), Chinese red panda, zibet, rasse, Moschus sifanicus Pryewalski, pheasant, Lady Amherst pheasant, Crossoptilon crossoptilon, hazel grouse, crimson tragopan, Lerwa lerwa and Lophophorus lhuysii (Chinese monal pheasant) etc.

Rare species and abundant plants in Baimang Snow Mountain

Because of the areas' climate, and the fact that it has been preserved so well, the range of animals living in this area is very impressive. Some of them are: leopards, snow leopards, sambars, vultures, golden eagles, quasi, macaques, stump tailed macaques, pandas, golden cats, musk deer, deer, muntjacs, stone martens, silver pheasant tragopan, monals, large Indian civets, black bears, brown bears, badgers, foxes, rabbits, goats, and a variety of birds, it's an animal paradise.
There's also a vast array of plant life such as: redwoods, oaks, douglas fir, Yunnan hemlocks, yew, frame nan, huang dujuan, cordyceps, fritillaria, zhimu, tianma, picrorhiza rhizome, astragalus, Tuckahoe, woody, rhubarb, and a bunch of other herbs and flowers.
No matter if you're looking for a place to escape to, a challenge, a place to take some amazing pictures, or just a place to pray this is the place for you.