Overall, the topography of Qinghai Province is high in the West and low in the east, high in the north and south, and low in the middle. The West is high in elevation and inclined eastward, showing a ladder-like decline. The eastern region is a transitional zone from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the Loess Plateau, with complex topography and diverse landforms. Qinghai Province has a complex and diverse landform. More than four-fifths of the area is plateau, the East is mountainous, and the west is plateau and basin. It has three landforms, namely, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, inland arid basin and loess plateau. It belongs to plateau continental climate and spans the four major river systems of the Yellow River, Yangtze River, Lancang River and Heihe River.

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