Wenquan is a high mountain town at an elevation of 5,100 m (16,732 ft) above the sea level located in the Qinghai province of China. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.
The road to the town is asphalted. It’s called China National Highway 109. The town, also known as Wenchuan or Wenzhuan, is located in the Tanggula Mountains, a few kilometers north of the Tanggula Pass. The surrounding area is home to endangered animals, including snow leopards and panda.Although the town is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest elevation of any city, La Rinconada, in Peru, is much higher.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. At this altitude, extreme hypoxemia can occur during labour, exercise, or even sleep due to the deficient levels of oxygen in the atmosphere (not to mention cerebral œdema and lung swelling).