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Minshan Range

The Minshan or Min Mountains are located in Songpan country of the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, China.

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On the mountainous road traversing Minshan ranges

En route from Huanglong to Maoxian where we stopped over for the night; we travelled up the steep slopes of Minshan where 2-lane roads carved out into the mountains seem to rise up higher and higher until we could almost touch the sky.

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Mountains and Valleys in perspective

From the viewing point of Mt. Xuebaoding which literally translates as “Snowy Treasure Peak” the magnificent panorama did not fail to elicit a couple of ooohs and aaahs! Minshan serves as a watershed and headstream that feeds 2 prominent rivers, namely the Minjiang and Fujiang.

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Xuebaoding on a good day

Mt. Xuebaoding is the highest peak in the Min Mountain range standing at an elevation of 5,588m above sea level. It is also the first snow-covered mountain in South China. The north, east and west faces of Xuebaoding’s summit are treacherous , sheer cliffs with hanging rocks of over 70 degrees angles to climb. The eastern side is slightly gentler in gradient but is perpetually blanketed in snow.

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Tibetans worship here on the sacred mountain

A stupa is erected here as Tibetans venerate Xuebaoding as a holy mountain and some pilgrims are said to have prostrated and move painstakingly towards their destination in anticipation of a reward for their devotion.

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Xuebaoding ~ Snow Mountain Ridge

Halfway up the mountain, ravines and gullies crisscross areas scattered with enormous rocks.The challenges and dangers are plentiful for those who wish to ascend Mt. Xuebaoding yet a daring Sino-Japan Mountaineering team successfully conquered it in 1986.

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Rooftop of Sichuan Province

Chairman Mao Zedong eulogized in a poem: “I am overjoyed by the vast snow stretch of Mt. Minshan.” Where we are on the Snow Mountain Ridge the elevation is 3960m and with the breath-taking, snow-clad majestic mountains surrounding us, I concur with Poet Mao as I am totally impressed with the rooftop of Sichuan!

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