Located in the western part of the Tian Shan mountains, 80 km south-west of Bole City and 520 km west of Urumqi. Sayram Nur lake is an isolated basin formed by the geological folding of the Tian Shan mountains. The lake area extends 29.5 km from east to west and 23.4 km from north to south, and has an area of 457 km2 and altitude of 2,072 m. The IBA is a breeding and staging site for birds.
Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Ursus arctos, Vulpes vulpes, Cervus elaphus, Ovis ammon and Sus scrofa.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sayram Nur. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/12/2019.