Viral ‘Edge of Earth’ Cliffs in Southwest China Close Permanently to Tourists

Longtou Mountain is a famous tourist spot on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau in China. It is nicknamed the ‘Edge of the World’ due to its spectacular cliff-like sides that drop dramatically into a sea of clouds.

On August 28, local authorities announced the indefinite closure of the scenic area to tourists to prevent further environmental damage to its grasslands.

The measure is a response to a recent surge in tourism to the area. After photos of Longtou Mountain went viral on Chinese social media last year, flocks of tourists started driving and camping along the cliffs.

Longtou Mountain is an example of the negative impact of mass ‘viral tourism’ in remote areas, and its closure has sparked debate on the importance of promoting sustainable tourism. For more travel content, click ‘See More’ below.