China plans national park bigger than Yellowstone


BEIJING — China plans to carve a huge national park out of its vast northwest Xinjiang region that would eclipse the United States’ Yellowstone National Park in size, state media said Saturday. The Kanas Geological Park, now about 1,000 square kilometers (385 square miles), would be expanded to about 10 times that in the next few years by incorporating nearby tourist regions and grassland, Xinhua News Agency said.

Yellowstone covers about 9000 square kilometers (3,470 square miles).

Kanas park is 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi and includes China’s deepest alpine lake, snowcapped mountains and grassland.

More than 900,000 tourists visited the part in the first 10 months this year, a 32 percent growth over the same period of last year, Xinhua said.