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Bathed in blue and gold: Stunning autumn scenes in Xinjiang
(Tianshannet) Updated: 2017-October-5 11:22:57


    This picture taken on Sept 25, 2017 shows the picturesque autumn scenery in Altay, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. (Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)

    Altay prefecture is located in the northern part of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, bordering Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. The place is known for its beautiful natural scenery. Tourist attractions in the prefecture include Kanas Lake, Birch Park, the Altay Mountains, and the Erqis River.

    Each attraction displays different scenery in different seasons. The most amazing time of year to see Altay are autumn and winter. In autumn, it is golden tinged with bright colors. The birch trees, at first, are dark yellow. After only a few days, the leaves gradually turn to bright yellow. The bright yellow mixes with the green of different species of pines, transporting visitors to a fairytale world.

    Kanas Lake and the surrounding forests provide a vivid backdrop of changeable colors, an unspoiled, dazzling beauty rarely found throughout the rest of China.

    An aerial view shows the stunning scenery of Kanas Lake in Altay prefecture, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 25, 2017. (Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)

    Trees near Kanas Lake are dusted white with frost as the temperature falls to almost 0 degrees C in Altay prefecture, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on the morning of Sept 25, 2017.(Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)

 
    The water of Kanas Lake, seen here on Sept 25, 2017, is a dazzling turquoise, typical of an alpine lake. Its name means "lake in canyon" and refers to something "beautiful, rich and mysterious" in Mongolian. (Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)
 
    An aerial view shows the mountain surrounding Kanas Lake covered with dense alpine forests filled with spruce, birch, elm and Siberian larch in Altay prefecture, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 25, 2017. (Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)
 
    An aerial view shows dense alpine forests filled with spruce, birch, elm and Siberian larch growing right to the edge of Kanas Lake in Altay prefecture, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 25, 2017. (Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)
 
    Kanas Lake winds through the dense forests of the Altai Mountains in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 25, 2017. The finger-shaped lake covers 45 square kilometers and has an average depth of 120 meters, making it the deepest fresh water lake in China. (Photo by Zhou Chengzhou/For chinadaily.com.cn)

(SOURCES:chinadaily)Editor: Laili
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