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Serene scenery in Kanas, Xinjiang

(People's Daily Online)

08:21, June 19, 2012

(chinapic.people.com.cn)

Edited and translated by Huang Beibei, People's Daily Online

Kanas Lake is a lake in Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang, China. The lake is located in a valley in the Altai Mountains, near the very northern tip of Xinjiang, and the autonomous region's borders with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia. The lake was born around 200, 000 years ago during the Quaternary period, formed as a result of glacier movement. The crescent moon shaped lake has water storage capacity of 53.8 billion cubic meters, and is 120 meters deep on average.

Kanas Lake district locates at about 48° N latitude. The local tourism information office compare the Kanas environment to Lake Léman Genève (46° N) due to their great many similarity of climate and scenery. In fact both the lake districts look remarkably alike - at first sight from flight - in terms of their natural elements. There is a large population of Tuvans and Kazakhs in the Kanas valley area, who kept traditional agriculture and nomadism life style. Many of the local people have begun to participate in the developing tourism business recent years, managed to establish facilities for orienteering, hiking, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding and camping. The scenic spot is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration.

About 117 different kinds of birds live along the lake.

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