Attractions in Qingling Mountains
The Northern side of the range is prone to cold weather, while the physical barrier of the mountains mean that the land to the South enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with the rich, fertile landscape supporting a wealth of wildlife and vegetation. The mountains also acted as a natural defense against nomadic invasions from the North, as only four passes cross the mountains. In the late 1990s a railway tunnel was completed, thereby easing travel across the range. The highest mountain in the range is Mount Taibai, (3,767 meters), which is around 100 kilometers west of the ancient Chinese capital of Xi'an.
|Louguantai National Forest Park||Nangongshan National Forest Park||Shimen Plank Road|
|Tayun Mountain||Qingmuchuan Ancient Town||Taibai Mountain|
|Jianmen Pass Scenic Area||Mingyue Gorge||Cuiyun Corridor|
|Zhaohua Ancient Town||Huangze Temple||Thousand-Buddha Grottoes|
Ideal Home for Flora and Fauna
The region is home to a large number of rare plants, of which around 3,000 have so far been documented. Plant and tree species native to the region include Ginkgo, thought to be one of the oldest species of tree in the world, as well as Huashan or Armand Pine, Acer miaotaiense and Chinese Fir. Timber harvesting reached a peak in the 18th century in the Qinling Mountains.
|Shaanxi Crested Ibis Nature Reserve||Louguantai National Forest Park||Foping National Nature Reserve|