Ili River Flowing Across Kazakhstan-China Border
In this area on the border of China (right) and Kazakhstan (left), the Tarbagatai Mountains descend into a valley through which the Ili River runs. The river itself is 1,439 km (870 miles) long, 815 km of which in Kazakhstan.
The land on the Chinese side of the border is part of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of northwestern China. Here, the Ili River valley is far wetter than any other part of Xinjiang and has rich grazing land.
The land on the Kazakh side of the border is part of the Almaty Province. Fields, probably used both for grazing and agriculture, can be seen both in China and Kazakhstan.