Changbaishan Nature Reserve, established in 1960, was involved in the UNESCO's "Man and Biosphere" program in 1980 and becomes part of the world's biosphere reserves. Approved by the State Council in 1986, it becomes a State-level reserve.
The range plays an important economic role. It is known for a variety of ginseng that grows there. In addition, the heavily forested slopes are an important area for logging. In recent years, tourism has also become an increasingly important source of revenue on the Chinese side.
The Changbai Mountains are characterized by long and cold winters. Precipitation is low in the winter but higher in the summer and autumn with annual averages reaching as high as 1400 mm (55 inches).
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