Mount Kunlun Geopark
Mount Kunlun Global Geopark is 90 km from Golmud City in Qinghai Province It covers an area of 1,403 km2 with an elevation of 3,540 to 6,178.6 m and consists of three scenic areas, including Naij Tal, Xidatan and Jade Pool. The Geopark is endowed with abundant geological relics providing evidence of complicated crustal movements and ocean-land conversions. The 2001, 8.1 magnitude earthquake at Mount Kunlun - China’s most powerful earthquake in six decades -caused a 426 km fracture zone, described as “nature’s classroom” by researchers. With magnificent glacier and permafrost landforms, the Geopark is an ideal place for research on landscapes. It was one of the areas from where human beings began to explore the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest, with the longest section built on permafrost, runs across the Geopark. Mount Kunlun, known as “the ancestor of mountains”, holds a special place in Chinese mythology and culture.