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Qionglai Mountains- Habitat of Giant Panda

Qionglai Mountains (Qionglai Shan) is a mountain range in the Sichuan Province of China. It runs in the general north-south direction, and is located mostly within the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, in the north-central part of the province.

The Qionglai Range separates the basins of two major rivers of Sichuan: the Dadu River (to the west) and the Min River (to the east). Both rivers flow in the general southern direction, and are tributaries of the Yangtze.

The highest point of the Qionglai Mountains is Siguniang Shan ("Four Girls' Mountain"), 6250 m in elevation; it is located in the southern part of the range. Some of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - in particular, the Wolong Nature Reserve and the Mt. Siguniang Scenic Park are located nearby.

The characteristic ecosystem of the Qionglai Mountains and the Min Mountains (a smaller mountain range which is located to the northeast of the Qionglai, separated from it by the Min River valley) has been described by the World Wildlife Fund as the Qionglai-Minshan conifer forests.

Giant Pandas in Qionglai Mountains

As part of Hengduan Mountains, which is regarded as one of 24 hotspots for biodiversity, and the transitional area between Sichuan Basin and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau,Qionglai Mountains have extremely abundent bio resources. In 2006, Panda habitat in Qionglai Mountains was enlisted as World Nature Heritage site along with it neighbor Minshan Mountains.Due to road construction and heavy logging in history, the whole habitat has been divided into 7 small isolated parts. The middle part of Qionglai Mountains has the highest density of giant pandas. Within the habitat, there are some world famous panda reserves such as Wolong Nature and Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve.