10 Most Breathtaking Xinjiang Landscape Photos

10 Most Breathtaking Xinjiang Landscapes

June 26, 2013 | 11 Comments

When it comes to the beautiful Xinjiang landscape, even a simple camera can produce the most beautiful photographs.

Xinjiang, the largest province in China and located in the country’s far northwest, boasts one of the most diverse landscapes: from one of the world’s largest deserts to one of the world’s largest mountain ranges.

The result is that the term “Xinjiang landscape” can mean so many different things. Take a look at the photos below for great examples.

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10 Breathtaking Xinjiang Landscapes

Camels traveling through Xinjiang's Taklamakan Desert

Photo Credit: dm4379

The Taklamakan Desert is the 2nd largest desert in the whole world and takes up almost 1/3 of the entire Xinjiang province.

The beautiful Hemu Village in Altay, Xinjiang

Photo Credit: 辛同學

The famous Hemu village is located near the Kanas Lake in Altay, Xinjiang. It’s one of the most popular places for professional photographers in the region, especially during the fall months when the leaves turn various colors.

A beautiful view of Keketuohai Park in Xinjiang, China

Photo credit: calvin_y

The Keketuohai National Park is one of the most beautiful and least-recognized parks in China. Many compare it to Yosemite in the US.

Xinjiang's Grand Canyon in Aksu, China

Photo credit: Joshua Holko

Sometimes referred to as “Xinjiang’s Grand Canyon”, this incredible place is located near Aksu.

Xinjiang's Apricot Blossoms in China

Beautiful apricot blossoms year Yili, Xinjiang spring up every year and provide incredible photos.

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The Flaming Mountains of Turpan, Xinjiang

Photo Credit: konrad

The Flaming Mountains of Turpan provide an incredible backdrop for some of the most interesting Silk Road history in the world.

The lavender fields of Xinjiang China at dusk

Fields of lavender in Xinjiang, China. Xinjiang is one of the largest producers of lavender in the world.

Tashkurgan's Stone City set with Xinjiang's Pamir Mountains

Photo credit: woOoly

The Stone Fort in Tashkurgan is a great place to see the Pamir mountains as well as the beautiful Golden Grasslands.

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The Famous Kanas Lake, a beautiful Xinjiang Landscape

Photo credit: baddoguy

One of China’s most photographed Xinjiang landscapes, this bend in Kanas Lake is hard to beat.

A forest in Xinjiang

Photo credit: Paul Chong

Forest of poplar trees in Xinjiang provide a great contrast to the desert and the mountains.

About Josh Summers

Josh is a writer, musician and entrepreneur who currently resides in Urumqi, capital of China's western province of Xinjiang. He has been traveling and writing about this region since 2006 and has no plans to stop in the near future.

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  1. I don’t know what to say, I was born in Xinjiang and lived there for 19 years, and now I frequently drive with my friends to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but forget that there is a place only 600 km from my hometown and it has such a beautiful canyon too. I used to talk with my friends and I am really proud of what Xinjiang has but we all agree that in US, you can drive with a compact car to those places, but in Xinjiang, most places with beautiful scene don’t even have road for a 4WD vehicle, as for those places which have, are full of people, I hope after few decades, Xinjiang, the great west of China could be developed as the great of US. Thank you so much for all you blogs, they give me another view to re-discover my lovely home town : )

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    Josh Summers on June 6th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for the comment Jiatai! I’m glad you have enjoyed reliving your hometown through my writing and I hope you get a chance to come back soon!

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  2. Thanks for the beautiful photos. I am an overseas Han Chinese and am always interested in articles concerning China.Have considered visiting Xinjiang with my family but hesitant. Enjoyed reading your blog anyway.

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    Josh Summers on May 20th, 2015 at 12:57 am

    My pleasure, Esther! Thank you for stopping by the website and leaving a comment ;)

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  3. Can you provide the name of Kanas Lake bend as pictured above in Mandarin ? The only thing that appears is at Altay mountain, the other side of China !

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