Sharyn Canyon (also known as Charyn Canyon) is a canyon on the Sharyn River inKazakhstan (200 kilometres (120 mi) east ofAlmaty, close to the Chinese border). The canyon is roughly 90 kilometres (56 mi) in length. It is part of the Charyn National Park(established on 23 February 2004), and is located within the territory of the Uygur District, Raiymbek District andEnbekshikazakh District (of the Almaty Province). Over time, the canyon has gained colorful formations of varying shapes and sizes. Though it is much smaller than theGrand Canyon, it has been described as being equally impressive.