Located on the middle course of the Ili River, 70 km south-west of Yining City and 530 km west of Urumqi, with the western part of the IBA adjacent to Kazakhstan. The complex topography includes ridges and river valleys. The IBA is a breeding and staging site for birds.
Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Panthra uncia, Ursus arctos, Vulpes vulpes, Cervus elaphus and Sus scrofa.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qapqal grassland and wetland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/04/2019.