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Aksai Chin Lake (Chinese: 阿克赛钦湖; pinyin: Akesaiqin Hu) is an endorheic lake on the Aksai Chin Plateau. The plateau is claimed by China as part of its national territory and is administered as part of Hotan County, Xinjiang, but is also claimed by India. The lake is located just south of the Kunlun Mountains. It is approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) long and 6 kilometres (3.7 mi)-8 kilometres (5.0 mi) across. It is fed by the river of the same name.

Aksai Chin Lake
Coordinates35°13′N 79°51′E / 35.217°N 79.850°E / 35.217; 79.850Coordinates: 35°13′N 79°51′E / 35.217°N 79.850°E / 35.217; 79.850
Max. length15 kilometres (9.3 mi)
Max. width8 kilometres (5.0 mi)

China National Highway 219 passes some 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the southwest of the lake on its way from Shiquanhe, Tibet to Yarkand, Xinjiang. The lake itself is within Hotan County of Xinjiang, but the eastern part of the basin that drains into it is within Rutog County, Tibet, as the official Xinjiang-Tibet border runs only about 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the lake.