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Encyclopedia > Kunlun Mountains
Region containing Kunlun Mountains
Karakash River in the Western Kunlun Shan, seen from the Tibet-Xinjiang highway
Peak in Kunlun range
View of Western Kunlun Shan from the Tibet-Xinjiang highway

The Kunlun mountain range (Simplified Chinese: 昆仑山; Traditional Chinese: 崑崙山; pinyin: Kūnlún Shān) is one of the longest mountain chains in Asia, extending more than 3,000 km. Excerpt from world map Image:World-map-2004-cia-factbook-large-2m. ... Excerpt from world map Image:World-map-2004-cia-factbook-large-2m. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 508 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Fried chapati with pèbyouk (mushy boiled peas), a popular Mandalay breakfast. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 508 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Fried chapati with pèbyouk (mushy boiled peas), a popular Mandalay breakfast. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 366 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (837 × 1370 pixel, file size: 753 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken from Robert Shaws 1871 book, Visits to High Tartary. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 366 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (837 × 1370 pixel, file size: 753 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken from Robert Shaws 1871 book, Visits to High Tartary. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Traditional Chinese (Traditional Chinese: 正體字/繁體字, Simplified Chinese: 正体字/繁体字) refers to one of two standard sets of printed Chinese characters. ... Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), commonly called Pinyin, is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... The most general definition of mountain range is a group of mountains bordered by lowlands. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... KM, Km, or km may stand for: Khmer language (ISO 639 alpha-2, km) Kilometre Kinemantra Meditation Knowledge management KM programming language KM Culture, Korean Movie Maker. ...


The Kunlun runs eastwards along the northern part of Kashmir and the Tibetan plateau to form the border range of northern Kashmir wherein is situate the Yangi Pass in the Aksai Chin area in north eastern Ladakh in Kashmir, and the Hindutash Pass, which is the southern boundary of Khotan , and the range extends into the interior of Tibet and is situate South of the Altyn Tagh range which is the border of Tibet with East Turkistan.Running southwest to northeast, the Altyn Tagh range in northwestern Tibet converges with the Kuen Lun range in Kashmir which runs southeast to northwest forming a "V" shape which converges at Polu. The geographical divide between the highlands of Kashmir and the Tibetan Plateau commences in the vicinity of Polu and continues southwards along the ridges situate east of Rudok , wherein are situate Aling Kangri and Mavang Kangri which separate the highlands of Kashmir in the Indian Sub-Continent from the Tibetan Plateau and culminates at Mayum La . It stretches along the southern edge of what is now called the Trans-Kuen Lun State of East Turkistan wherein is the Tarim Basin, the infamous Takla Makan or "sand-buried houses" desert, and the Gobi desert. A number of important rivers flow from it including the Karakash River ('Black Jade River') and the Yurungkash River ('White Jade River'), which flow through the Khotan Oasis into the Taklamakan Desert. Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Sichuan Province of China lie on the Tibetan Plateau. ... China - India Western border showing Aksai Chin Aksai Chin (Simplified Chinese: , Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Ä€kèsàiqÄ«n, Hindi: अकसाई चिन) is a region located at the junction of the Peoples Republic of China, Pakistan, and India. ... Ladakh (Tibetan script: ལ་དྭགས་, Ladakhi IPA: , Hindi: लद्दाख़, Hindi IPA: , Urdu: لدّاخ; land of high passes) is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India sandwiched between the Karakoram mountain range to the north and the Himalayas to the south. ... Kashmir (or Cashmere) may refer to: Kashmir region, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent India, Kashmir conflict, the territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and the China over the Kashmir region. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mosque in Khotan. ... Tibet (older spelling Thibet; Tibetan: བོད་; Wylie: Bod; Lhasa dialect IPA: [; Simplified and Traditional Chinese: 西藏, Hanyu Pinyin: XÄ«zàng; also referred to as 藏区 (Simplified Chinese), 藏區 (Traditional Chinese), ZàngqÅ« (Hanyu Pinyin), see Name section below) is a plateau region in Central Asia and the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. ... Flag of East Turkistan East Turkistan (Sherqiy Türkistan in Uyghur, Doğu Türkistan in Turkish) was the name of two shortlived states in Central Asia; the first one existed from 1932 to 1934, while the second one existed from 1944 to 1949. ... Tibet (older spelling Thibet; Tibetan: བོད་; Wylie: Bod; Lhasa dialect IPA: [; Simplified and Traditional Chinese: 西藏, Hanyu Pinyin: XÄ«zàng; also referred to as 藏区 (Simplified Chinese), 藏區 (Traditional Chinese), ZàngqÅ« (Hanyu Pinyin), see Name section below) is a plateau region in Central Asia and the indigenous home to the Tibetan people. ... Kashmir (or Cashmere) may refer to: Kashmir region, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent India, Kashmir conflict, the territorial dispute between India, Pakistan, and the China over the Kashmir region. ... The Indian subcontinent is the peninsular region of larger South Asia in which the nations of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well as parts of Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and some disputed territory currently controlled by China are located. ... Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Sichuan Province of China lie on the Tibetan Plateau. ... Region containing Kunlun Mountains The Kunlun mountain range (Kunlun Shan, 崑崙山) is one of the longest mountain chains in Asia, extending more than 3000 km. ... Flag of East Turkistan East Turkistan (Sherqiy Türkistan in Uyghur, Doğu Türkistan in Turkish) was the name of two shortlived states in Central Asia; the first one existed from 1932 to 1934, while the second one existed from 1944 to 1949. ... Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin. ... The Taklamakan is a desert of Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ... The Gobi (Chinese: [GÄ“bì (Shāmò)]; Mongolian: Говь [Gowi]) is a large desert region in China and southern Mongolia. ... The Karakash or Black Jade River flows from its origin near Sumde on the northern slopes of the Karakorum Mountain range, the actual Aksai Chin on the Tibetan Plateau westward along the northern crest range of the Kuen Luns. ... The White Jade River (Chinese: 白玉江) is a river in the Taklamakan desert of China. ... Mosque in Khotan. ... Oasis in the Libyan part of the Sahara For other uses, see Oasis (disambiguation). ... Dust storm in Taklamakan from space, June 25, 2005 The Taklamakan (also Taklimakan) is a desert of Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of the Peoples Republic of China. ...


The highest mountain of the Kunlun Shan is the Kunlun Goddess (7,167 m) in the Keriya area. The Arka Tagh is in the centre of the Kunlun Shan; its highest point is Uschlonglugh Muztagh (6,973 m, definitely not 7,723 m). Some authorities claim that the Kunlun extends north westwards as far as Kongur Tagh (7,649 m) and the famous Muztagh Ata (7,546 m). But these mountains are physically much more closely linked to the Pamir group. Keriya (Chinese: 于田, Pinyin Yùtián; Ugyhur: كېرىيە / Keriyə ), is a town in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, on the old Southern Silk Road, and is the commercial and administrative centre of Yùtián Xiàn 玉田县 Yutian County. ... Kongur Tagh (also referred to as Kongur or Kongur Shan) is the highest peak of the Kunlun Mountains in China. ... Muztagh Ata, or Muztagata, is the second highest mountain in the Kunlun Shan, the mountain range which forms the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. ... A photograph of Ismail Samani Peak (then known as Peak Communism) taken in 1989. ...


Bayankala Mountains, a southern branch of the Kunlun Mountains, forms the watershed between the catchment basins of China's two longest rivers, the Yangtze River and the Huang He. Main European water divides (red lines) separating catchments (gray regions). ... The Yangtze River or Chang Jiang (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), or Drichu in Tibetan (Tibetan: འབྲི་ཆུ་; Wylie: bri chu) is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. ... For other Yellow Rivers, see Yellow River (disambiguation). ...


The mountain range formed at the northern edges of the Cimmerian Plate during its collision, in the late Triassic, with the Siberia, which resulted in the closing of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean. The Cimmerian plate is an ancient tectonic plate that comprises parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, and Tibet. ... The Triassic is a geologic period that extends from about 251 ± 0. ... Siberia (Sometimes called Angara) is the craton located in the heart of the region of Siberia. ... The Paleo-Tethys Ocean was an ancient Paleozoic ocean. ...


Mythology

The Kunlun mountains are well known in Chinese mythology and are believed to be Taoist paradise. The first to visit this paradise was, according to the legends, King Mu (976-922 BCE) of the Zhou Dynasty. He supposedly discovered there the Jade Palace of Huang-Di, the mythical Yellow Emperor and originator of Chinese culture, and met Hsi Wang Mu, the 'Spirit Mother of the West' usually called the 'Queen Mother of the West', who was the object of an ancient religious cult which reached its peak in the Han Dynasty, also had her mythical abode in these mountains. Chinese mythology is a collection of cultural history, folktales, and religions that have been passed down in oral or written form. ... Taoism is the English name referring to a variety of related Chinese religious and philosophical traditions and concepts. ... Paradise, by Jan Bruegel The word paradise is derived from the Avestan word pairidaeza (a walled enclosure), which is a compound of pairi- (around), a cognate of the Greek peri-, and -diz (to create, make), a cognate of the English dough. ... King Mo of Zhou (ch 周穆王 zhōu mò wáng) or King Mo of Chou was the fifth sovereign of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty. ... Boundaries of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1050 - 771 BC) in China The Zhou Dynasty (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Chou Ch`ao; 1122 BC to 256 BC (ref) followed the Shang (Yin) Dynasty and preceded the Qin Dynasty in China. ... Yellow Emperor The Yellow Emperor (黄帝 Huáng Dì) is a Chinese mythical character, a culture hero said in legend to be the ancestor of all Chinese people. ... Yellow Emperor The Yellow Emperor or Huang Di (Traditional Chinese: , Simplified Chinese: , pinyin: huángdì) is a legendary Chinese sovereign and cultural hero who is said to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese. ... Xiwangmu near Kaohsiung, Taiwan Xi Wangmu (西王母), in Chinese mythology, literally Queen Mother of the West, is the ruler of the western paradise and goddess of immortality. ... Later Han redirects here. ...


The hidden lamasery Shangri-La rests in this mountain range. Buddhist monastery near Tibet A monastery is the habitation of monks. ... Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the novel, Lost Horizon, written by British writer James Hilton in 1933. ...

The Kunlun Pass

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References

Coordinates: 36°00′N, 84°00′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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A southern branch of the Kunlun Mountains forms the watershed between the catchment basins of China's two longest rivers, the Yangtze River and the Huang He.
The mountain range formed at the northern edges of the Indian Plate during its collision, in the late Triassic, with the Eurasian Plate, which resulted in the closing of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean.
The Kunlun mountains are well known in Chinese mythology and are believed to be Taoist paradise.
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