Tengger Desert

The Tengger Desert, which covers an area of 36,700 sq. kilometers, is full of endless sand dunes and there is almost no life to be seen. However, there are around 400 lakes dispersed throughout the desert. One of the most visible creatures that live here is the Wall Owl, active during the daytime and quiet at night. In the area, there is also a Shapotou Desert Research Station that has built a dune stabilization project, since 1956, in order to help ensure safe passage of the trains. Shapotou, situated in Zhongwei County, lies on the north bank of the Yellow River where it crosses the southeastern border of the Tengger Desert.
The poor wall, however, does not merit this kind of effort. In some places it's buried completely beneath the sand and we can follow it only by walking from beacon tower to beacon tower. Administratively it falls under Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region-some 150 km south of Yinchuan City. Shapotou Tourism Area is regarded as one of the five most beautiful deserts in China, and is widely recognized as the Capital of Sand. Travel to the Tengger Desert, you can experience the great power of nature and see a very different view of desert.

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