Riyue Mountain

Riyue Mountain (Sun & Moon Mountain), Xining

Riyue Mountain (Sun & Moon Mountain), Xining by Tian Yake. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

Named after both the sun and the mon, Riyue mountain is a site of contrasts. It marks a division in geography and as such the two sides of the mountain are distinct and different. The east is rural highland scenery while the west is grassland. It is said that in the year 641 AD, Princess Wencheng stopped on this mountain while on route from Tang dynasty China to Tibet to marry the Tibetan King Sunzanganbu and that during her visit she left behind a valuable mirror. The Ri and Yue pavillions are built in her honour.

Map showing location of Riyue Mountain

Above: Location of Riyue Mountain in Xining, Qinghai, China