Overview: It is located in southeastern Deqen County, is in the eastern part of the northern section of the Yunling Mountains. Most of the peaks are 5,000 meters high, with the highest one-Mount Zhalaqueni-standing at 5,640 meters above sea level. The Yunnan-Tibet Highway passes through the mountain.
The Baimang Snow Mountain Natural Reserve consists of a group of mountains at an altitude of about 5000 metres. The vertical climatic difference is great here. It is the largest natural reserve in Yunnan Province with a perfectly preserved frigid-zone of primeval forests. This area is also the main habitat of Yunnan golden monkeys, a rare animal under strict national protection.
Baimang Snow Mountain is the largest and highest national-level nature reserve. There are well preserved frigid-zone primeval forests of alpine coniferous trees. Most forests are untouched. This area is also the main habitat of Yunnan golden monkeys, a rare animal under national top-class protection.
Baimang Snow Mountain is a good alternative for frustrated climbers. This is a national natural reserve with fantastic views. Located in the mid-section of the Hengdgun Mountain range in Diqing County, all of the peaks here are above 4,000 meters, with the highest topping 5,430 meters. The nature reserve consists of vast virgin forests, animals, plants and geographical wonders. As a result of this, Shangri-La has become something of a Mecca for botanists and zoologists. The area also exerts a strong magnetic force on ordinary travellers, who swarm here in late summer and autumn to appreciate the natural beauty of the region. The attraction is not accessible between December and April when the roads are closed due to heavy snow.
Baimang Snow Mountain, also called Baima(White Horse) 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.
The Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve is the largest (180,000 hectares) and the highest nature reserve in Yunnan, with fantastic views of snow peaks, glaciers, lakes and canyons, well-preserved frigid-zone primeval forest, rare highland plants and animals which thrive in cold and temperate zones. It is believed to be the largest primeval forest in the world and its natural ecology is still intact.
The Baimang Mountain is a good alternative for frustrated climbers. The Yunnan-Tibet Highway(G214) cuts through the Baimang Nature Reserve and most of the scenic spots are located on either side of the highway.
How to get there:
The highway between Zhongdian and Deqing cuts through the Baimang Nature Reserve, and most of the scenic spots are located on either side of the highway. If you take the bus from Zhongdian to Diqing, the natural beauty can be seen from the bus. But the best way to really appreciate this spot is to hire a car from Zhongdian and stop at the reserve en route to Meili Mountain.
The Baimang Snow Mountain scenic zone is along the Yunnan-Tibet Highway between Zhongdian and Deqin. Buses run to either direction can get you there.
Best Time to go
Summer is the best season to visit the Baimang Mountain, with stunning scenery of azure skies, melting snow, flaming azaleas, brooks and romping monkeys. Autumn is also a great time to view the area rich in colors. The attraction is not accessible between December and April when the roads are closed due to heavy snow.
Admission Fee: Y40
Basic accommodation avaiblable at Gongkai Yakou, the main entrance of the Baimang Nature Reserve.
Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys bouncing back from the brink of extinction
An endangered monkey that is one of Yunnan's iconic animals is bouncing back from near extinction, according to media reports citing Yunnan park officials.
More than 25 years after the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey (µá½ðË¿ºï) in the Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture had dwindled to a population of 500. There are now 1,300 of the monkeys living in the reserve and a total of about 2,000 in northwest Yunnan and eastern Tibet.
Reserve official Xie Hongfang attributed the increase in the monkey population – which has averaged growth of 30 to 40 percent annually – to improvements in the local environment and a government crackdown on poaching. The monkey is on China's list of most protected animals.
China is home to three types of snub-nosed monkeys: Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan.
The Yunnan variety lives at a higher altitude than any non-human primate. It was the mascot of the 1999 World Horticultural Expo, held in Kunming.
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkeys in Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve
There are 47 species of animals in the Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve. The most famous is the snub-nosed monkey or the Yunnan golden monkey, which lives in the sub-high mountain dark pine coniferous tree forests. Among all the monkeys, the snub-nosed monkeys are the one species living on the highest altitudes between 3,200 and 4,000 meters.
For conservation of the typical vertical spectrum of natural mountain landscape in the Hengduan Mountains and soil and water at the upper reaches of the Jinshajiang River, the Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, covering an area of 190,000 hectares. It was established in 1983 on the slopes of the Baima I Snow Mountain and Renzhi Snow Mountain along the Jinshajiang River in Deqin County. Yunnan Province.
In the Reserve, there are 20 peaks of more than 5.000 meters above sea level. among which the highest is the Baima (White Horse) Snow Mountain towering 5.430 meters above sea level.
Varying as the altitude rises, the climate of the Reserve features exothermic river valley and high frigid mountains. Its vertical spectrum of natural mountain landscape is very clear; each belt has different features. With a variety of biotic species, the Reserve is an ideal habitat of the Guizhou golden monkey. There are 47 species of usual mammals, 45 species of birds, and some animals peculiar to the Hengduan Mountains. Such as lesser panda and green-tailed monal. As well as other rare wild animals at higher altitudes, such as snow leopard, white - eared pheasant, horse musk deer.etc.
With vast virgin forests, complete natural ecosystem and ideal habitats for wild animals, the Reserve has an important scientific value in multidisciplinary researches of natural ecology, forestry, zoology, botany, geology, hydrology, pedology and meteorology.
Baima Snow Mountain trekking tour and Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey Discovery
Day2, Benzilan--Transport stop--start trek to Base Camp
Day3, Base Camp--Advance Camp
Day4, Climbing up to Top--Back to Base Camp
Day5, Base Camp--going back to Zhongdian. Trip end
Black snub-nosed monkeys are pictured in the Baima Snow Mountain State Nature Reserve in Weixi, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 22, 2009. (Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)
Black snub-nosed monkeys are pictured in the Baima Snow Mountain State Nature Reserve in Weixi, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 22, 2009.
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