Locations: Hanas Lake, Xinjiang, China (48°43'20.23"N 87° 1'26.07"E)
Date: 19 June 2004; 12.25pm
Camera: Canon 300D with kit lens
Xinjiang is the biggest province in China. As such it has a vast variety of landscape with dry, arid desert (such as Taklamakan, the 2nd biggest desert in the world) predominating. However there are no shortage of lofty snow peaks and beautiful alpine lakes. The longest mountain range in the world, the Kunlun slash across the province while the deserts of the west stops at the foothills of the snowy Pamirs. In the north, bordering Russia and Mongolia is the magnificent Altay range, one of the most beautiful ranges of mountain in China. Lake Hanas nestles near this range. This region is mainly inhabited by Kazakhs and Mongols. The lake is especially pretty in the autumn when the forests burst into a rage of yellow, red and orange. Together with a nearby village, Hemu, these locations had become a photographer's Mecca in the autumn.