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Karakoram Highway for Xinjiang travel

In the western part of China, there is a 1032 kilometres cross border highway between Xinjiang and Kashi to Pakistan. It is rated as "one of the most beautiful and dangerous highways in the world".

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Karakoram Highway(KKH), also known as China Pakistan Friendship Highway, is a 1300 kilometres national highway which extends from the Punjab province of Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit Pakistan, where it crosses into China and becomes China National Highway 314. The highway connects the Pakistan provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan with Chinas Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The highway is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Passing through the Karakoram mountain, due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is often referred to as the Eighth wonder of the World.

 

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The Karakoram Mountains are one of the most awesome mountain landscapes on the earth. it stretches thousands of kilometers and runs from northwest to Southeast with an average elevation of more than 6000 meters. Therefore, it has become the focus of world geologists, mountaineers and tourists. In addition to the Karakunlun Mountains, the highway also passes through the Hindu Kush Mountains, the Pamir Plateau and the Himalayas. Along the way stand the world's second highest peak, Qiaogori (8611 meters) and more than 100 peaks over 7000 meters, which belong to the highly seismic region.

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Karakuri means the Black Sea. It is an alpine glacial moraine lake, near the junction of Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun mountain ranges, it is 191 kilometres away from Kashgar, Karakuri is a rare plateau lake in the world.

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Khunjerab pass was an significant pass on the ancient silk road, it was the only inbound and outbound from China to Pakistan, and it is also an essential gateway to the South Asian Subcontinent and even Europe.


Hunza Valley

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is situated in the extreme northern part of pakistan, bording with Afghanistan and China. In 1933, the British writer James Hilton came to the Hansa Valley in Pakistan. After learning the local customs, he wrote the world famous Lost Horizon. In his book, he Praised Hunza as "Shangri-La" and the five longevity places in the world.