Deserts in Inner Mongolia
Resonant Sand Gorge
The Resonant Sand Gorge (Xiangshawan) is located in Kubuqi Desert which is 50 kilometers from Baotou of Inner Mongolia. The sand gorge is famous for its resonating sand dunes which can range from 30ft to 40ft in height. The distinctive feature of the Resonant Sand Gorge is its 45 degree gradient which means the sand dunes can reach heights of 90 meters. The sand gorge has become one of the hottest tourist attractions of Inner Mongolia with tourists flocking to catch a glimpse of the echoing sand plains. There is also a range of activities such as camel rides, sand-sliding, cable way and other activities are available at the 5 different hotel resorts located in the desert.
Badan Jilin Desert
Badan Jilin Desert is located in south central part of China and is the third largest desert in China. It lies in the province of Inner Mongolia. The desert has the longest sand dunes on the whole world, average being of two hundred meters. The Badan Jilin desert is a sandy desert, half barren and contains a combination of solid bedrock, loose gravel and various small lakes, which are responsible for the growth of small vegetation. The desert has the Gobi desert in north which is the Earth’s northern most deserts with least vegetation.
Tengger Desert (Tenggeli Desert)
Tengger Desert is located in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, it borders Zhongwei City of Ningxia Province. Tengger Desert occupies an area of 36,700 square kilometers and is the fourth largest desert in China. The highlight of Tengger Desert is the Shapotou Tourism Area which has been praised to have the most beautiful desert scenery. For the adventurous there is the Yellow River rafting, sand sliding and a cable way ride which is great fun for those who want some excitement. Other attractions of the Tengger Desert are Swan Lake and Moon Lake.
Hunshandake Sandland is one of the 10 deserts of China and is located near the Xilingol Plateau which is approximately 180 kilometers from Beijing. The sandland is famous for its lakes and has been given the name “Desert Garden” due to its amazing scenery of its wild plants and trees. The desert consists of fixed sand dunes, shifting sand dunes, lowlands, wetlands and is situated 1,300 meters above sea level. Its abundant natural resources mean it’s home to immigrant bird species, plants and even rare herb species.
Ulanbuh Desert is situated in Wuhai City of Alxa League. The desert is joined with Moshui River which is one of the branches of the Yellow River. Though not one of the largest deserts of China, Ulanbuh Desert is famous for its ecological environment. In order to protect and preserve the desert sand barriers were put in place to prevent the sand from drifting. Plants, shrubs and trees such as Caragana, Salix and Sea Buckthorn were also planted to further prevent the sand from drifting.
Engebei Desert covers 18,000 square kilometers and is the middle section of the Kubuqi Desert of Ordos. The desert is hot during the day and much cooler at night, the desert itself has patches of grass with plants and shrubs. The best season to visit is during spring and autumn, however there is frequent sand storms during spring. The Engebei Ecotourism Area is open to tourists who want to learn more about the natural desert environment, culture and the mysteries of the desert. There is a wide range of desert activities available such as camel rides, sand sliding and even speedboat rides.