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Valley of Castles in Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon (also known as Sharyn Canyon) stretches for 154 km along the Charyn River on the territory of the Charyn National Park, about 200 km east of Almaty, near the border with China.

It is a magnificent natural monument built of sedimentary rocks, which age is about 12 million years. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon reaches 150-300 m. Charyn Canyon on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

The most interesting place for tourists is the so-called Valley of Castles, which length is about 2 km, width – 20-80 m.

The landscape diversity of the canyon determines the diversity of its flora and fauna. Here you can find more than 1,500 species of plants, 62 – mammals, 103 – nesting birds, 25 – reptiles.

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