In Mongolian language Kanas means “lake in canyon”. Located near the Altai Mountains, Kanas Lake is China's deepest freshwater lake famous for its Swiss view, and 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.
Kanas Lake Comprehensive Natural Reserve, a golden zone bordering four countries of Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and China, is the only drainage basin of the Arctic Ocean in China. In Xinjiang, the reserve, minimally influenced by mankind, preserves the completeness of a primitive state with the largest number of tree species of coniferous forest and wildlife species. Abundant species of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and beasts live here. In 2002, Kanas Lake was approved as the protection site of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Recommended Xinjiang Tour: 9 Days Kanas Lake Tour