Formed by the snow and water that runs off the slope of Mount Kawa Karpo, Mingyong Glacier has the lowest elevation of any glacier in China. Extending from the height of 5,500 m to that of 2,800, the glacier is located 40 km west of Deqin Countytwon. From Deqin, or Feilai Temple nearby, visitors can take bus to Mingyong Village. From Mingyong Village to the glacier itself it is a distance of 10 km, which visitors have to cover by hiking or riding a horse for rent. The glacier has been receding in recent years, which has caused concern over its fate.