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Birds enjoy summer on Sayram Lake


Sayram Lake

Sayram Lake, renowned as a pearl on the Silk Road, is the largest and highest alpine lake in Xinjiang. With an altitude of 2,073 meters, it is located about 90 kilometers southwest of Botala Prefecture. The oval-shaped lake is about 30 kilometers long and, 25 kilometers, covering an area of 455 to 460 square kilometers. The deepest point of the lake measures 92 meters. The main source of the lake is rainwater and ground water, in addition to some water flows from a few small rivers.

The water in the lake is pure, clear and peaceful, attracting flocks of ducks and swans. Flourishing cypress and cedar trees cover the whole mountain range. Herds of horses and sheep graze on the pastures. The best seasons to visit Sayram Lake are summer and autumn.