[photopress:hotels_Lake_Kanas.jpg,full,alignright]China plans to enlarge Kanas Geological Park into a huge national park in the vast northwest Xinjiang region that will eclipse Yellowstone National Park in the United States in size.
We are talking very, very large.
Yellowstone Park is the oldest national park in the world and spans an area of 3,472 square miles (8,987 km²), The Kanas Geological Park, now about 385 square miles, would be expanded to about 10 times that size in the next few years by incorporating nearby tourist regions and grassland. Which would neatly get it past Yellowstone in sheer size.
And in beauty and interest it again rivals Yellowstone. It is 620 miles north of the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi and includes China’s deepest alpine lake, snowcapped mountains and grassland.
More than 900,000 tourists visited the park in the first 10 months this year, a 32% rise over the same period last year. Again, that is challenging Yellowstone which runs about two million visitors a year.
What Kanas has that Yellowstone does not is something akin to the Loch Ness Monster. There is even a video of it, albeit somewhat blurry. Our illustration, previously unpublished, shows the beauty of Lake Kanas with the deep-water monster sunning herself in the spring sunshine.