Sharyn Canyon

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Sharyn Canyon, way down to Valley of Castles
Valley of Castles Pictures from http://satkauskas.blogspot.com

Sharyn Canyon is an 80 km canyon in Kazakhstan on the Sharyn River, 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Almaty, close to the Chinese border. It is part of the Sharyn National Park, which was established 23 February 2004 and located within the territory of the Uyghur and Kegen Districts of Almaty Province.

It stretches 154 kilometres (96 mi) along the Sharyn River in the northern Tien Shan mountain range. In parts, it attains a depth of 150 to 300 metres (490–980 ft).

One part of it is known as Valley of Castles for its unusual rock formations. The width of it ranges from 20 to 80 metres (66–262 ft) and the length is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi).

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Coordinates: 43°21′43″N 79°5′26″E / 43.36194°N 79.09056°E / 43.36194; 79.09056