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7 magical views of Niubei Mountain

By Teng Mu

July 29

An altitude of 3660 meters and the unique geographical location surrounded by mountains make Niubei Mountain “the biggest viewing platform in China” and “a perfect place for shooting”.

An altitude of 3660 meters and the unique geographical location surrounded by mountains make Niubei Mountain “the biggest viewing platform in China” and “a perfect place for shooting”.

Niubei Mountain in Ya’an, Sichuan is a fascinating destination for travelers and photographers with its many amazing views.

1/7 The sea of clouds 云海

Niubei Mountain’s sea of clouds [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
Niubei Mountain’s sea of clouds [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
Niubei Mountain is most famous for its sea of clouds, which makes it an ultimate destination for photographers. The sea of clouds here are thick and well-distributed. Often still, they can also become turbulent like cascading waterfalls.

2/7 The snow mountain 雪山

The Minya Konka Snow Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
The Minya Konka Snow Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
Niubei Mountain is the best spot to see Minya Konka Snow Mountain (贡嘎雪山),
“the Mountain King of Sichuan”. On a clear day you can see the vast panorama of its mountain range and, if you are lucky, catch the sunset behind the peak.

3/7 The Buddha’s Light 佛光

The Buddha’s Light [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
The Buddha’s Light [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
The Buddha’s Light is an unusual light phenomenon in some mountainous areas. Niubei Mountain’s terrain and sea of clouds make it possible. When it emerges, it presents a beautiful seven-color aureole.

4/7 The sunrise 日出

Niubei Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
Niubei Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
On a clear day, get up early and observe Niubei Mountain’s particularly amazing sunrise.The sunrise at

5/7 The sunset 夕阳

The sunset in the Niubei Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
The sunset in the Niubei Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Guoxing]
If you missed the sunrise, you’re in luck, because the sun also sets. The slowly descending sun dyes the vista golden yellow or blood red, and the rolling sea of clouds look, at this moment, like a golden sea.

6/7 The constellations 星轨

Constellations observed at Niubei Mountain [Image Credit: newssc.org]
Constellations observed at Niubei Mountain [Image Credit: newssc.org]
Because of its high altitude and unique geographical location, Niubei Mountain offers a
great view of the night sky. On a clear night, set up camp in a wide-open area and try to find some constellations.

7/7 The sea of azaleas 杜鹃花海

The azalea, sea of clouds and the snow mountain [Image Credit: newssc.org]
The azalea, sea of clouds and the snow mountain [Image Credit: newssc.org]
The unique geographical environment of Niubei Mountain gives it a heavy crown of azaleas. During the blossom season in May and June, the mountain slopes turn into a fancy sea of flowers covered in purple and red.

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