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Tian Shan
天山
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The Tian Shan range on the border between China and Kyrgyzstan with Khan Tengri (7,010 m) visible at center
Highest point
Peak Jengish Chokusu
Elevation 7,439 m (24,406 ft)
Geography
Countries
Range coordinates 42°N 80°E / 42°N 80°E / 42; 80Coordinates: 42°N 80°E / 42°N 80°E / 42; 80
Geology
Age of rock Mesozoic and Cenozoic
Official name: Xinjiang Tianshan
Type: Natural
Criteria: vii, ix
Designated: 2013 (37th session)
Reference #: 1414
State Party: China
Region: Asia
Official name: Western Tien-Shan
Type: Natural
Criteria: x
Designated: 2016 (40th session)
Reference #: 1490
State Party: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Region: Asia

The Tian Shan is a large system of mountain ranges in Central Asia. The tallest mountain is Jengish Chokusu, at 7,439 metres (24,406 ft) high. The eastern part of the ranges became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. The western part in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan became a World Heritage Site in 2016. The ranges are along the border with China and Kyrgyzstan, and stretches towards the west. The ancient North Silk Road used to go next to the mountain range for people to travel between East Asia and the Middle East. They would follow the mountain range when travelling through the Taklamakan Desert.


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