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Great Rivers... Great Mountains... Great Diversity...
The upper reaches of four of
Asia’s great rivers – the Yangtze, the Lancang (Mekong), the Nujiang
(Salween), and the Dulong (branch of the Irrawaddy) flow through Northwest
Yunnan within 90 kilometers of each other.
These four great rivers are
separated by five high mountain ranges, creating not only great variation
in elevation from the deep river valleys to the high mountain ridges but
also corridors for species migration. Birds
migrating from Mongolia all the way to eastern China or Southeast Asia
stop here to rest or breed.
Monsoons blow across the
mountain ranges throughout July, August, and September, bringing with them
moisture from the Indian Ocean. This
enables a rich variety of trees and plants to grow at altitudes as high as
4,300 meters. The combination of these remarkable conditions has created an
extraordinary trove of plant and animal life, including some of the last
significant tracts of primary forest left in China and the southernmost
glaciers in the northern Hemisphere.
Three million people call the
area home, including 13 of China’s 55 ethnic minorities. Many
of these minority people rely on nature not only for subsistence but also
as part of their traditional beliefs.
This web site is a project of the Northwest Yunnan Ecotourism Association and has been developed to introduce you to unique ecotourism opportunities around Lijiang and beyond. By developing and promoting ecotourism in Northwest Yunnan, our goal is to support environmental protection, preserve the areas’ diverse cultural heritage and contribute to community development. Read more about this project.
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