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Xinjiang Tianshan

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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:

- Tomur

- Kalajun-Kuerderning

- Bayinbuluke

- Bogda

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Site Info

Full name: Xinjiang Tianshan

Site History

Locations

The site has 4 locations.

  • Bayinbuluke
  • Bogda
  • Kalajun-Kuerdening
  • Tomur

Connections

The site has 14 connections.

Ecology

Geography

Religion and Belief

  • Legends and Folk Myths In Daoism, Xi Wangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, is believed to guard the peach trees of immortality in the Tian Shan
  • Taoism In Daoism, Xi Wangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, is believed to guard the peach trees of immortality in the Tian Shan

Timeline

  • Pliocene The landforms and ecosystems of the site have been preserved since the Pliocene epoch (Brief Description)

Trivia

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