China's National Commission for UNESCO nominated the Xinjiang Tianshan as a world natural heritage to the UNESCO on January 29, 2010.
Xinjiang Tianshan is a serial property totaling 606,833 hectares and consisting of four components which are located along the 1,760 km Tianshan range, a temperate arid zone surrounded by Central Asian deserts, according to IUCN.
The site contains a scenically beautiful series of areas, including spectacular snow-capped mountains and glacier-capped peaks, undisturbed forests and meadows, clear rivers and lakes and red bed canyons, reinforced by the combination and contrast between the above-mentioned mountain elements and the vast deserts.
The site is home to 15,953 glaciers and the endangered snow leopard. About 66 percent of the world's 2,500 remaining snow leopards live in Xinjiang.