Biosphere Reserve Information

China

Yading

2003

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This biosphere reserve is part of the eastern extension of the Tibetan plateau ranging from 2,200 to 6,032 m a.s.l. The area is not only noted for its high biological diversity, but also for its associated cultural values as three sacred mountains are located within the area. The local inhabitants observe the custom of revering nature and preserving the environment of the sacred mountains. Attention is given to the protection of some 20 rare animal species in the area, including leopards, black bears, Asian golden cats, golden pheasants etc. The Kangba-Tibetan ethnic group accounts for 90% of the total population of the biosphere reserve, which practise shamanism or adhere to five different sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The multitude of temples combined with the scenic beauty make this area an interesting tourist destination. Research focuses on botany, zoology, climate, land forms, and more recently, on human-environment interactions in connection with increasing tourism.

Administrative Authorities

Yading National Nature Reserve Administration State Environmental Protection Administration (PRC) Sichuan Environmental Protection Bureau

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve Administrative Bureau, No.1 Bei Street, Jin town, Daocheng County, 627 750 Daocheng (Sichuan), China

(+86) 836 5728125

Fax

(+86) 836 5728125

E-mail

N/A

Website

Location

Latitude

28°11'00''N - 28°34'00''N

Longitude

99°58'00''E - 100°28'00''E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

381,506

Core Area

72,600

Buffer Area

42,500

Transition Area

266,406

Map

Last updated: 2007

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