Bosten Lake: China's Western Sea

Bosten Lake is the largest freshwater lakes in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China, whose name means “oasis” in the Uygur language. The lake's formation was caused by geotectonic movement, glaciation and erosion. Bosten Lake is abundant with reeds, about 40,000 hectares of them, which provides raw material for manufacturing paper. The lake is also home to China’s largest wild water lily community, waterfowls and other diverse bird species.