Saturday, October 03, 2009

Western Sichuan

The western part of Sichuan Province is known for its beautiful mountain scenery.

The foothills of the Himalayas rise here with peaks reaching up to 5,000m (16,400ft) and above.

Western Sichuan

The Hailou Gou (Conch Valley) glacier is at 3,720m and the area around Moxi Xiang, from where visitors can access the glacier, is inhabited by a large Qiang minority population. Sichuan's highest mountain is the 7,556m-tall Gongga Shan.

Western Sichuan

The area around Kangding is inhabibited by Khampa peoples, who are ethnically Tibetan and follow Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan prayer flags flutter in the wind in the picture above.

Western Sichuan

Kangding has been an important trading center with Tibet since ancient times, with tea going west to Tibet in exchange for copper goods and wool.

© Images of China Daniel Allen

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