Meili Snow Mountain - Shangri-La
Meili Snow Mountain is located about 10 kilometers north-east of Deqin County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. It is 849 kilometers away from Kunming.
It is a holy land of pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists, and ranks the first among the eight sacred mountains in Tibet (the eight sacred mountains: Mount Benri, Moerduo Mountain, Kawagebo Peak of Meili Snow Mountain, the Aemye Ma-chhen Range, Mount Kailash, Gaduojuewo, Yalxiangbo and the Himalayas).
There are 13 peaks with an average altitude of over 6,000 meters on Meili Snow Mountain, referred to as the 13 prince peaks. The main peak, Kawagebo, is a snow mount in a pyramid shape, commonly known as the Goddess of Meili Snow Mountain.
So far, no one has ever climbed up to the summit of Kawagebo, which is 6,740 meters above sea level and the highest peak in Yunnan. The famous superb scenery of the sun shining over the snow mountain attracts a great number of backpackers.
Surrounded by mist all year round and famous for its mystery, Meili Snow Mountain has been worshiped by generations of Tibetans. In the 1930s, it had already been praised by the American scholars as the most beautiful mountain in the world. Under Kawagebo Peak, continuous glaciers stretch like jade dragons. With dazzling snow, they are very rare modern marine glaciers in the world.