|Level: 87 - 89|
|The Burdens of Shaohao|
Kun-Lai Summit is a zone in northern Pandaria, surrounded by the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to the south, the Townlong Steppes to the west, and the Jade Forest to the east. It is a vast area with majestic mountains, autumnal plains, and a lush coastal area. High atop the frigid northern peaks looms the Temple of the White Tiger, an ancient training ground protected by an elite force of martial priests, along with the spirit of the White Tiger itself, Xuen. Deeper into the mountains is the hideout of the Shado-pan clan: a mysterious order charged with protecting Pandaria from the dark things buried beneath its surface. When the isolated people of Kun-Lai are threatened by marauders from the west and a Zandalari troll menace invading its northern shores, they turn to the Alliance and Horde for help.
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Kun-Lai Summit originated as a place created by the titans. The mountains of this land were shaped by Mogu hands before they succumbed to the Curse of Flesh. Eventually, Kun Lai Summit was heavily contested along with the rest of Pandaria by several different Mogu clans. Soon after, many different races of Pandaria, including the Mountain Hozen, Jinyu, and even early Pandaren farmers came to inhabit the region. The Summit was watched over by Xuen, the White Tiger, who swore to protect the races of Kun Lai from outsiders. When Lei Shen and his mogu legions marched upon Kun-Lai Summit, he gave the citizens the chance to remain free. A single challenger was meant to face Lei Shen. If he won, Lei Shen would leave the lands alone. However, if he lost, the citizens of Kun-Lai Summit would bow before the Thunder King. His challenge was accepted by Xuen, and their battle raged for thirty days and thirty nights. In the end, Lei Shen was triumphant, and the lands of Kun-Lai Summit were shortly thereafter conquered and enslaved by Lei Shen, with minimal opposition.
Mists of Pandaria
The lands have been peaceful for the past ten thousand years, until outsiders arrived in Pandaria. The war between the Horde and the Alliance and their negative emotions have awoken the Sha. Even worse, the mantid to the east have forced the yaungol out of their homes in Townlong Steppes to breach the Serpent's Spine in order to break through and invade Kun-Lai. The Yaungol invasion has left the Pandaren farmlands occupied and devastated. Even worse, the yaungol invasion has empowered the Sha even further. The Shado-Pan Monastery has come under attack by the Sha of Hatred from within and the Sha of Anger has risen in the South with the heightened negative emotions.
To the north, Zouchin Province on the coastline of Kun-Lai has been experiencing very peaceful times for several years. That was until a large Zandalari army led by Prophet Khar'zul and Gara'jal the Spiritbinder arrived on the shores and assaulted the Pandaren villages. A large amount of the province's pandaren population was slaughtered in the process, and even worse, the Zandalari have regained their ancient alliance with the mogu through the mountains of Kun-Lai above Zouchin Province. The Mogu have begun animating several terracotta and stone warriors to fuel their growing army which they intend to use to reclaim Pandaria. The Zandalari have also gained possession of the body of Lei Shen, who they intend to resurrect. Taking him to the Isle of Reckoning along with their Mogu allies, Prophet Khar'zul succeeded in resurrecting the fallen First Emperor. The Zandalari then launched a full scale assault on Zouchin Village, while the Horde and Alliance managed to help the Pandaren villagers win a Pyrrhic victory over the rebels. Most of the Mogu and Zandalari in Kun-Lai have since fled with the Thunder King to his island citadel, where they intend to unite into a single army commanded by Lei Shen to reconquer Pandaria for him.
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
The Thunder King
Zandalari and Mogu invaders have landed on the shores of Kun-Lai to begin the invasion of Pandaria which will restore Mogu rule.
Kun-Lai Summit is accessed via the Veiled Stair, which begins at the Grassy Cline in the Valley of the Four Winds. A breadcrumb quest is offered once adventurers reach level 87 from at sHalfhill, Stoneplow, and the Grassy Cline. On the Veiled Stair, take <the Spring Drifter> through the Ancient Passage to reach Binan Village in the southeast corner of Kun-Lai.
Kun-Lai Summit is no doubt one of the coldest places in all of Pandaria. The southern lands are much more vibrant and warmer, reminding somewhat of autumn, while the lands of the north are much more barren and most of them covered in snow. This is because the mountains are actually the highest in all of the known world of Azeroth. The only way into the summit that is not sealed off by the Great Wall is through the Hidden Pass. The key trade route of Kun-Lai is the Burlap Trail, that is run by the Grummles. Many yaungol warmongers are constantly trying to expand their territory, having been driven away from Townlong Steppes by the Mantid and desperately looking for a place to set up their new homes. In the mountains, many ancient Mogu ruins and crypts can be found, and the Mogu themselves, along with the Zandalari trolls that have recently arrived there are uncovering their secrets. The pandaren have two major holdouts in the region - Temple of the White Tiger and Shado-pan Monastery. The latter is endangered with the rampage of the Sha, that have been set free by the tremendous surge of negative emotions caused by the great conflict between the Alliance and Horde. On the northern shores, local villagers are endangered by the Zandalari that have made their base of operations on a small island and ruins along the coast.
Maps and subregions
|Instance name||Level range||Group size||Approximate run time|
|Shado-Pan Monastery||87-90||5 man||Unknown|
|Mogu'shan Vaults||90+||10/25 man||2-4 hours|
- Binan Village
- Kota Basecamp
- One Keg
- Shado-Pan Fallback
- Temple of the White Tiger
- Zouchin Village
- Vale of Eternal Blossoms / ,
Regions adjacent to Kun-Lai Summit
|Zone Name||Faction||Level Range||Direction||Access|
|The Jade Forest||85-86||Southeast||Flight|
|Townlong Steppes||89-90||Southwest||Ox Gate|
|Vale of Eternal Blossoms||90||South||Gate of the August Celestials|
|The Veiled Stair||87||South||The Ancient Passage|
- Main article: Kun-Lai Summit NPCs
- Main article: Kun-Lai Summit storyline
- Water striders
The Serpent's Spine, separating the Summit from Townlong Steppes.
- This area is possibly named after Mount Penglai, a mystical land found in Chinese mythology, or Kunlun Mountain, said to be the paradise of Taoism.
- The region particularly resembles the Himalayas of China and Nepal (particularly with Mount Neverest, an obvious parallel to Everest).