Mountain sights in Jílín
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China's largest nature reserve, Chángbái Shān, covers 210,000 hectares of dense forest, straddling the China-North Korea border. At lower elevations, the forests are filled with white birch and Korean pines; above 2000m the landscape turns treeless and windy. Temperatures, too, can plunge from steamy at the reserve entrance to frigid at the summit. No matter how warm it is in the morning, sudden high winds, rain and dramatic drops in temperature are possible by afternoon.
In summer, tour buses bring day-trippers to the northern slope to pose for photos in front of the waterfall, gorge on eggs boiled in the natural hot springs, stampede up to Heaven Lake and rush down…
The highest peak surrounding Heaven Lake is White Rock Peak (Báiyán Fēng), which soars to 2749m. Legend has it that the lake is home to a Loch Ness-style 'monster,' but you can see for yourself…