Taklamakan Desert and Lake Issyk Kul, China and Kyrgyzstan40.2N 81.9E
The Taklamakan Desert stretches across an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the Tarim Basin, in China. It is roughly 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long and 400 kilometres (250 mi) wide.
The desert is bounded by the Tian Shan Mountains to the north. Across these mountains lies Lake Issyk Kul, an endorheic lake in the northern part of the mountains, in eastern Kyrgyzstan.