How High Is the Highest Mountain in China?


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The tallest mountain in China is Mount Everest, which has an elevation of approximately 29,035 feet. Aside from the being the highest point in China, Mount Everest is also the tallest peak in the Asian continent and Earth's highest point above sea level.

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China is located in Eastern Asia, situated between Vietnam and North Korea. Its coastline, which stretches around 9,000 miles, is formed along the South China Sea, East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Korea Bay. Encompassing a total area of approximately 3,705,400 sq. miles, China's general terrain is ruggedly mountainous, characterized by highlands and arid regions in the west and flatlands, hills and basins in the east.

China is home to several mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, Karakoram, Muztagh Ata, Daxue Shan, Kunlun and Nyainqentanglha Shan. The Himalayan mountain range that houses Mount Everest straddles both Nepal and Tibet, which is an autonomous region of China. Mount Everest is referred to as "Chomolungma" in traditional Chinese, while its traditional Nepalese counterpart is "Sagarmatha." The modern-day English name of Mount Everest is derived from the Welsh geographer Sir George Everest.

The official elevation of Mount Everest in 1954 was 29,028 feet. In 1999, this measurement was modified to its present-day height of 29,035 feet. The world's second tallest peak is also part of Chinese territory. K2, which is part of the Karakoram mountain range, stands at an altitude of 28,250 feet, just 785 feet short of Mount Everest.

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