If you were to fly over the Northwestern part of Yunnan Province towards Tibet, a remaarkable feature is bound to catch your eye. In fact, you’ll probably be stunned by the sheer beauty and majesty of the Hengduan Range.
Debatably only one of its kind in the world, the Hengduan Range makes an abrupt turn from the latitude of the Himalayas, heading perpendicularly in a N-S direction. At the turning point, the range splits into 3 parts, from West to East. 3 canyons with 3 great rivers run southwards almost parallel to one another. From West to East, they are the Nu Jiang (Salween), Lancang Jiang (Mekong) and Jinsha Jiang (Yangtze).
Diqing County is administratively within Yunnan Province, but it lies at the crossroads between Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan. With diverse landscapes and differences in local climate, this region is a paradise for the botanist and nature photographer.