11 Stunning Photos of Kanas Lake, Xinjiang


Kanas Lake is a lake in Altay, Xinjiang, northwest China, it is famous for the breathtaking natural beauty.

The lake is located in a valley in the Altai Mountains, near the very northern tip of Xinjiang, and the province’s borders with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia.

The Kanas nature reserve bounding is the only one in China to border three other nations – Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

In Mongolian language Kanas means “lake in canyon”.

The region is home to 798 species of plants and 117 varieties of birds. Embraced by snow-capped mountains and dense forest, the lake, takes on different colors in different seasons.

The attractiveness of Kanas Lake is more boosted by the changes in its color according to the season.

The whole region is a popular natural ecosystem formed by lakes, glaciers, grasslands, forest, and rivers.

The crescent moon shaped lake have water storage capacity 53.8 billion cubic meter, average depth 120 meters. It is the deepest freshwater lake in China.

Like the Tianchi Lake, Kanas Lake is also a mysterious place where has been sightings of large lake creatures in the waters.

A wide spread video was taken and shown in the local Chinese media where numerous unidentifiable creatures can be seen.


Due to the long winter in the area, Kanas is open for tour only from June to October every year. The best time to visit is from the end of August to September.

Photos from photo.cctv.com

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