Ayding Kol

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 64,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Located in the southern foothills of Bogda (5,445 m), 160 km south-east from Urumqi. Ayding Kol is in the Turpan Basin, the lowest area in China and the second lowest depression in the world. The IBA is the hottest and driest area in China, and habitats include desert, oases and salt lakes.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Animals include Meriones spp., Hemiechinus auritus and members of the family Dipodidae.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ayding Kol. Downloaded from on 06/07/2020.