Qiemo Oasis and Qarqan River

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA Criteria met: A2, A3, A4i (2009)
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Area: 85,000 ha

Site description
Located 400 km west south-west of Korla and 650 km south of Urumqi. The Qarqan River runs through the Qiemo Oasis. The vegetation of the oasis includes Populus euphratica, Phragmites spp. and Tamarix spp. The IBA is a staging and wintering site for migratory birds.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Camelus bactrianus, Vulpes vulpes, Cervus elaphus and Gazella subgutturosa.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qiemo Oasis and Qarqan River. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.