Kanas Lake: A gift from ancient glaciers, a paradise for wildlife

In Mongolian, Kanas means gorgeous and mysterious. The Kanas lake, located in Altay, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is such a spectacular place. Influenced by the westerlies, the rich rainfall makes the region shrouded by mist. The Taiga forest made up of Siberian larch and Siberian spruce in the Kanas valley is home to abundant wildlife.

As the deepest alpine lake in China, the depth of Kanas lake can reach up to 188.5 meters. Its water storage is amazingly 5.38 billion cubic meters, which has surpassed that of the famous Taihu Lake in east China's Jiangsu Province.

The Kanas lake is said to be formed as a result of ancient glacier movements. The color of the lake would change according to the season and weather. On sunny days, the lake turns crystal blue. When it is rainy, the lake will turn emerald green. Now, freshwater fish of the Arctic like taimen and Asiatic trout live in the lake.

CGTN Nature film crew is currently filming there. Watch the video to enjoy the breathtaking view.

(Cover image and video provided by CGTN Nature film crew.)

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