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Varied Topography of Heilongjiang Province, China

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November 12th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

China - September 7th, 2010

This image shows the green, vegetated landscape of northeastern China. Lower, flatter terrain is light green, while more mountainous terrain is dark green. The land visible here is part of Heilongjiang Province.

Heilongjiang is a land of varied topography. Much of the province is dominated by mountain ranges such as the Greater Khingan Range and Lesser Khingan Range, Zhangguangcai Mountains, Laoye Mountains, and Wanda Mountains.

The highest peak is Mount Datudingzi at 1690 m (5545 ft), located on the border with Jilin province). The Greater Khingan Range contains China’s largest remaining virgin forest and is an important area for China’s forestry industry.

The interior of the province, which is relatively flat and low in altitude, contains the Muling River, the Naoli River, the Songhua River, the Nen River, and the Mudan River, all tributaries of the Amur’s basin, while the northern border forms part of the Amur valley. Xingkai Lake (or Khanka Lake) is found on the border with Russia’s Primorsky Krai.

Just below the center of the image, left of the river cutting through the dark green mountains, is the city of Harbin, the the capital of Heilongjiang Province. It lies on the southern bank of the Songhua River. Harbin is the tenth largest city in China (pop. 9.87 million).

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