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Desert Scenery in Gansu


Gansu Province lies between the Tibetan and Loess plateaus, and borders Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and Ningxia to the north, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south, and Shaanxi to the east. The Yellow River passes through the southern part of the province.Part of the Gobi Desert is located in Gansu, as well as small parts of the Badain Jaran Desert and the Tengger Desert. Travel in Gansu, the desert scenery is  must-see for most travelers. In this page,we will guide you to see the beautiful desert scenery in Gansu.


Gansu Tour.jpgNo.1: Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake Nature Park

The Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake Nature Park is located at southern outskirt of Dunhuang city, about 6 kilometers away from central city, 4.1 kilometers from Dunhuang Museum, 12.7 kilometers from Mogao Caves, 74.7 kilometers from Yadang National Geo Park.The Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake Nature Park is a popular attraction in Dunhuang to expore stunning desert scenery and take part in exciting sand dunes activities. The park consists of the Mingsha Mountain and the Crescent Lake surrounded by sand dunes of Mingsha Mountains. Dunhuang is also known as Shazhou (Town of Sand) in ancient time. This is how it gained the name.

For people who want to take a short stay in desert, the Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake Nature Park is the best choice. It is close to the downtown of Dunhuang, without the harsh and extreme climate and convenient facilities are equipped. The easy walking trails allow different ages of tourists to explore the desert. Besides, many interesting sand dunes activities are available if you want to try something exciting.

Tourists ride camels to view the desert scenery at the Yueya Spring (Crescent Spring) scenic spot in the Mingsha Mountain Dunes in Dunhuang city, Northwest China’s Gansu province, Oct 2, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]


No.2: Badain Jaran Desert

Badain Jaran Desert, one of the four great deserts in China, is located to the north of  Jinchang City. Its total area is 47 thousand km2. High Sand Mountain, mysterious singing sand, still lake and wetland constitute unique and charming scenery in Badain Jaran Desert.

Badain Jaran Desert.jpgThe odd peaks, the singing sand, the lake, the magic spring and the temple are “Five Wonders" in Badain Jaran Desert. The dunes here are in the form of huge waves in the sea or ancient towers because of the effects of wind. The area of Badain Jaran Desert takes up 39% of Alxa Right Banner’s total. Its relative height is 200 to 500 meters. It has the highest dune in China even in the world. The Singing Sand in Baori Tolgoi is very steep. The ridge of it, like a blade, rises and falls. The roaring of sands’ sliding can be heard miles away, hence the name of “Kingdom of Singing Sand". More than 113 lakes are scattered in the desert, among which 74 have water perennially and 12 are fresh-water lakes. The total area of these lakes is 327 km2. It is known as “An Abundant Place beyond the Mongolian Desert" because of its lush reeds, playing water birds, and gliding fish. At the north and southwest edges of the desert, there are rock paintings on Mandela Mountain which is honored as “living fossils in the art world." They record the early people’s hunting and farming activities.


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