Top 10 attractions in Xinjiang, China

By Xu Lin
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 Kumtag Desert Scenic Spot (库姆塔格沙漠景区)

Kumtag Desert Scenic Spot, one of the 'top 10 attractions in Xinjiang, China' by

Kumtag Desert Scenic Spot

The Kumtag Desert Scenic Spot is a landform in east Xinjiang, which became a national park in the year 2002. Covering an area of 1,880 square kilometers, the spot was expanded in 2007 to include much of the surrounding area, including the 1,000-square kilometer Kanas Geological Park . It is expected to be the world's largest national park.

Kumtag means "sand mountain" in Uighur language. Temperatures in the desert vary from freezing at night to baking during the day. The yellow barren sand in various shapes contrast with the green fertile lands 500 km to the south, where the mighty Yangtze River flows. The spot has been an ideal place for scientific research and exploration, expedition, sight-seeing and healthcare. Sand treatment is said to be an effective way to cure rheumatism as well as waist and backaches.

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