Ili River China

Ili (Chinese 伊犁河), the largest artery of Central Asia has its origins in the Tien Shan mountains at an altitude of 3540 meters.

Ili River China

River stretches 1439 kilometers, of which 624 - pass through the territory of China. The river crosses several geological and climatic zones, falling into Lake Balkhash.

Ili River China

Dunes here miraculously coexist with water meadows.

Ili River China

In the lower delta of the river divides many branches, which in turn form the numerous lakes.

Ili River China

On a large river water spasayutcya pets from heat and insects.

Ili River China

Delta lakes, which are also called "Orel" fall. The name is connected with a lot of white-tailed eagles that live here, eating mostly fish.

Ili River China

Winter wind blows from the frozen lakes surface snow layer, forming spectacular patterns.

Ili River China

However, despite the severe cold in the cold season, not all the lakes freeze.

Ili River China

Some wetland methane reservoirs, breaking the surface, the ice melts.

Ili River China

By Gregory Bedenko

Ili River China