Shipton’s Arch: The Tallest Natural Arch in The World

The tallest natural arch in the world is located in China’s western Xinjiang region, and is called Shipton’s Arch, after the name of the English mountaineer Eric Shipton who discovered it.

Though long familiar to locals, the arch was introduced to the West only in 1947 through the book Mountains of Tartary by Eric Shipton, after he discovered the arch while serving as the British consul in Kashgar. Shipton made many unsuccessful attempts to reach the arch from the south but was defeated each time by a maze of steep canyons and cliffs.

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