Xinjiang Tianshan is a mountain range that holds glaciers, snowcapped peaks, alpine meadows, lakes and canyons.
These mountains are in stark contrast with the surrounding six deserts, of which part of the Taklamakan Desert is within the WH area borders.
This site covers the Chinese part of the Tianshan mountains, which extend into Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tomur is its highest peak at 7,443m.
The site has 4 components:
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Full name: Xinjiang Tianshan
2013 - InscribedReasons for inscription
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Religion and Belief
- Pliocene The landforms and ecosystems of the site have been preserved since the Pliocene epoch (Brief Description)
- Disputed territories East Turkestan
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- Biodiversity hotspot Mountains of Central Asia
World Heritage Process
- Natural sites filling gaps cited by IUCN cold winter desert - Taklamakan