The mountains of China are plentiful and diverse, though they have long been shrouded in secrecy while other mountainous regions of the world were being explored and developed.Even today there is comparatively little documentation regarding China's mountains, and many of the world's highest unclimbed peaks are located here.The prominent ranges of China are the Altai Mountains, Bogda Mountains, Kinghan Range, Kunlun Shan, and Tian Shan. All of these ranges are located inWestern China except the Kinghan Range, which is located in the Northeast.In Central China, east of the Himalaya,a series of parallel ranges stretch north-south through Sichuan Province. These ranges include the Hengduan, Taniantaweng, Ningjing, Shaluli, Chola, Daxue, and Qionglai ranges. A cluster of spectacluar peaks in this region rises just southwest of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan. The highest of these is Minya Konka (24,790 ft.)