Changbai Mountain

Changbai Mountain is located in Antu County of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in northeast China, bordering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the south. As a dormant volcano, Changbai Mountain boasts rare animals, marvelous lakes, amazing hot springs, and forests that stretch to the horizon. There is splendid scenery during the four seasons, but it is especially beautiful in winter.

 Changbai Mountain Changbai Mountain

The most beautiful spot of Changbai Mountain is Tianchi, or Heavenly Lake. The lake was formed in the crater of Changbai Mountain, and it is the source of the Songhua, Tumen and Yalu Rivers. The altitude of the Heavenly Lake is 2,189 meters (about 7,182 ft), and so the average temperature is 7.3 C (45.14 F). With clouds everywhere, Heavenly Lake is like a jade in the sky. You can find a very interesting phenomenon while walking along the Heavenly Lake. On many occasions it is common for sunshine and rain to occur at the same time. Besides the wonderful scenery and astonishing climate, many witnesses have claimed that there are monsters in the lake!

 There is an exit for the Chengcha River To the north of Heavenly Lake. Running gently for about 1,200 meters (0.74 miles), the river suddenly becomes a churning rapids and drops from a 68 meters (223 ft) high cliff. This is the famous Changbai Waterfall, it is the highest volcanic waterfall in the world. As you approach it, you can hear the loud roar and feel the chilliness of the waterfall. Another alternative to watch the waterfall is climbing to Heifengkou on the main peak of Changbai Mountain. Gales blow ceaselessly in this col, making it hard for visitors to walk and climb. But it remains the best place to watch the panorama of the waterfall. Less than 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) away from Changbai Waterfall which lies the Changbai Hot Springs. With a special chemical composition inside, the rocks around the hot springs have been dyed many bright colors. Most of the hot springs have temperatures over 60 C (140 F); the highest is 82 C (179.6 F). Visitors can bathe in the hot springs, which are very effective for some ailments, such as arthritis and exhaustion. Underground Forest, the attraction with lowest altitude in Changbai Mountain, is famous for its view of virgin forests. Ancient tall trees, huge rocks, special animals and cliffy canyons have lured many scientists, explorers and photographers in recent years. Natural Museum and Twin Lakes along the Northern Slope are also worth visiting. Additionally, the newly exploited Great Valley, King's Lake, Jinjiang Waterfall, Tiger's Back and Tizi River in the Western Slope also attract many visitors.

During the period of which from June to September, hundreds of flowers blossom on the Southern and Western slopes. It is very cool in Changbai Mountain, so it's an ideal place for escaping from the summer heat. But it is also very rainy in July and August, and visitors cannot watch the Heavenly Lake clearly at that time. The best time to visit Changbai Mountain is September. Generally, it snows from October. The best time to view snow and to ski is from November to March. Ice and snow begin to thaw from April, but visitors can still find snow even in May.

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