Highway offers bounty of breathtaking views

The Tibet autonomous region is famed as a paradise for adventurers and photographers, and now more tourists are able to enjoy the stunning views of the region, thanks to China's National Highway 318.

The Sichuan-Tibet highway is part of the national highway that stretches more than 5,400 kilometers from Shanghai, going through Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Hubei and Sichuan provinces to end at Nyalam county in Tibet. It passes through mountains more than 5,000 meters above sea level and offers great views of snowy peaks, grasslands, valleys and rivers along its length.

Visitors are also greeted by a section of the Yarlung Zangbo River, which flows beside the highway, clear lakes that reflect like bright mirrors, vast stretches of grasslands, flocks of sheep and expanses of golden rape seed flowers.

On a clear day, mountains including Mount Kangrinboqe, which is more than 6,600 meters above sea level, and Mount Chomolhari, more than 7,300 meters above sea level, can be seen from the highway.