Hami is on the southern slopes of the Tian Shan mountains, 500 km east of Urumqi. The IBA has a hot and dry climate, and the habitats include mountains, desert, wetlands and oases.
Non-bird biodiversity: There were records of Panthera tigris, Ursus arctos and Camelus ferus until the Qing Dynasty. Nationally protected animals that survive in the area include Equus hemionus and Gazella subgutturosa.
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oasis and Desert in Hami. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/02/2018.