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Location China (mainland), Yunnan
Central coordinates 100o 10.00' East  27o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 26,000 ha
Altitude 2,415 - 5,596m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in Lijiang County, north-west Yunnan. Yulong Xueshan is the main submit of the Hengduan Shan’s Yunling ranges. Lijiang City lies 30 km south-east of Yulong Xueshan, and the plateau around the city is at c.2,400 m and is a major agricultural area. The Jinsha Jiang river valley runs to the north-west of Yulong Xueshan, and the vertical difference between the water surface and the summit is 3,000 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-speckled Laughingthrush Garrulax bieti resident  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Giant Nuthatch Sitta magna resident  2008  present  A1  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site 977,721 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Yulongxueshan Nature Reserve 26,000 is identical to site 26,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   47%
Shrubland   25%
Grassland   7%

Other biodiversity Nationally protected plants include Psammosilene tunicoides, Coptis teeta and Torreya yunnanensis. Animals include Neofelis nebulosa, Panthera pardus, Felis temmincki, Ailurus fulgens, Selenarctos thibetanus and Macaca mulatta.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yulong Xueshan Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 19/09/2014

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