Located on the border between Ziyuan County and Xing’an County of Guilin, southern China’s Guangxi Province. It got the name Kitten Mountain because its stony peak looks like a huge cat.
The Kitten Mountain is 20 kilometers wide from east to west, 23 kilometers long from north to south, rising a height of 1862 meters above the sea leavel. The main peak is 2141.5 meters (7,028 ft) above sea level. It is the highest mountain in South China.
Kitten Mountain is a nature reserve. It’s home to 311 species of animals and birds (insects not included) and 2,012 kinds of plants in a primordial forest, of diverse bearded trees and bamboo groves.
It’s home to black bears, monkeys, giant salamanders, huge mantises, and red-tailed laughingthrushes, among many others. Kitten Mountain Nature Reserve is thus called “the Forest Kingdom of South China”.
Kitten Mountain is the crystal-clear source of several rivers, including the Li River (which feeds into the Pearl River), Xiang River (which feeds into the Yangtze), and Xun River (flowing west through Longsheng before feeding into the Pearl River).
Kitten Mountain is a sea of azaleas in spring and summer. 30 kinds of azaleas live among the green bushes, most notably the red-stone azaleas and color-changing azaleas.
Though the best time to go to the mountain is spring and summer, winter also offer memorable snow scenes.
Unlike the snow scene found in the Northern China, the snow scene on Kitten Mountain is much different and unique.
Because of its high altitude and high rainfall, Kitten Mountain is often shrouded in mist and rolling clouds.
Water from swamp and small lakes dribbles down hills and rocks to form the source of the Li River (which feeds into the Pearl River), Xiang River (which feeds into the Yangtze), and Xun River (flowing west through Longsheng before feeding into the Pearl River).
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