Charyn Canyons, a natural wonder of Kazakhstan
This is a short summary of one of the articles from Webzine SILKROADIA VOL.2 NO.1. For more specialized information, please download our Webzine, and read "Charyn Canyons, a natural wonder of Kazakhstan" written by Alexandr Artemye, a senior lecturer and the head of the Department of Recreational Geography and Tourism at Al- Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan, and translated by Dyliara Woodward, an assistant professor of the Department of Recreational Geography and Tourism at Al- Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan.
Charyn River Canyons is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kazakhstan. The Canyons are located in the Almaty region, 200 km east of the country's largest city – Almaty. The most visited tourist attraction in the Canyons is the “Valley of Castles” – a unique place to contemplate ancient towers, ramparts, grottoes, domes, and stone wells, all created by nature itself over 10 million years ago.
The sedimentary rocks that make up the slopes of the gorge have a reddish tint, which is why this place is sometimes called the "Red Canyon". It is especially beautiful in spring, when the awakening steppe is full of herbs and flowers, contrasting with the blue sky and fiery rocks. During this season, the river water is transparent and the turanga (Populus diversifolia), saxaul (Haloxylon) and relict ash (Fraxinus Sogdiana) (which is more than 5 million years old) seem to be piercingly green.
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