Tourist and travel information for China: Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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Lake Karakul Kashgar

Lake Karakul, 200 km from Kashgar in Xinjiang Province is one of the world's most dramatic freshwater lakes. The bright blue waters of the lake shimmer under the snow-capped peaks of 7546 meters high Mount Mutzagata, Kongur Tagh at 7649 meters and Kongur Tiube at 7530 meters.

Strangely then the name Karakul means "Black Lake" in Kirgiz.

Yak at Lake Karakul
Image © Daniel Allen
Accommodation consists of your own tent or staying in a tour group yurt set up with shared and rudimentary facilities about 1 km from the bus stop.

Fresh water originates from the lake so swimming in the water is forbidden. There are a couple of buses each day on the Karakoram Highway from Kashgar or taxis.

Read more about the lake.


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