Qinghai Hoh Xil, located in the north-eastern extremity of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, is the largest and highest plateau in the world. This extensive area of alpine mountains and steppe systems is situated more than 4,600 meters above sea level, where sub-zero average temperatures prevail all year-round. Hoh Xil is one of the major headwater sources of the Yangtze River.
The site’s geographical and climatic conditions have nurtured a unique biodiversity. More than one third of the plant species, and all the herbivorous mammals are endemic to the plateau. The property secures the complete migratory route of the Tibetan antelope, one of the endangered large mammals that are endemic to the plateau.
In 2017, Qinghai Hoh Xil was added to the World Heritage List as a natural site.