Most people were forced to flee after their homes collapsed under the weight of snow, a local official said. Worst affected is the Altai region of northern Xinjiang.
The situation is not expected to improve any time soon as snow is continuing to fall in the region.
RFE/RL's World: 2005 In Pictures
A slideshow of images related to the top news stories of 2005 from throughout RFE/RL's broadcast region with links to RFE/RL's reporting.