Photo and caption by Cyrus Chen
Sayram is a Kazakh name that means "blessing." A variety of myths about the lake's origins involve love, the abyss, and a massive pool of tears. Kazakh horsemen gather at the height of summer on a small mound waiting for customers too tired to climb the steep hills or to descend back to the shores of the lake. Kazakhs from surrounding areas migrate to this region for three months each summer to generate the majority of the income necessary to live for the rest of the year. A powerful hail storm began shortly after this picture was taken.
Location: Sayram Lake, Xinjiang Province, China