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Badain Jaran Desert Tour - 6 Days

Destination: Badain Jaran Desert
Duration: Six Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:May to October
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Located near Alashan Youqi in Western Inner Mongolia Autonomous Prefecture, roughly 100 of such lakes nestle in-between ※Megadunes§ - mammoth sand dunes, among the largest in the world. With such sand spires swirling in the background, visitors witness what appears as one of nature*s greatest contradictions. Sheep graze and birds swoop toward the saline waters; waters whose surfaces reflect the yellow-brown of sand.

Many researchers agree that the lake water originates from groundwater stored beneath the sands. They contend that this groundwater concentrates in some areas to form springs, which feeds a layer of freshwater into deeper lakes. Despite this presence of groundwater, however, most of the lakes have a high level of salinity. Roughly 50% of the lakes in the Badain Jaran Desert are salt lakes.

Other researchers point to factors such as precipitation and snow-melt in certain areas, given that Inner Mongolia Autonomous Prefecture faces intense winters. More research is being conducted to verify the source of the water, as well as their rate of evaporation, or in some cases, disappearance.

Whatever the cause of this collection of lakes, visitors can be certain to be uncertain about whether what they witness makes sense. After all, it*s not every day one can see lakes in the desert.

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Day 01 Arrival in Zhangye, Zhangye 每 Alxa Youqi (D)
Fly from Xian or Lanzhou to Zhangye, be picked up at the airport and transfer to Alxa Youqi (130 km). Overnight at local hotel.

Day 02 Alxa Youqi 每 Badain Jaran (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, Drive to Bandain Jaran Desert, and visit Bandain Jaran Lakes, Bilutu Peak, and Xiannv (fairy) Peak, bird's eye view of Badain Jaran Temple, Optional campfire party at night. Tent camping overnight.

Day 03 Bandain Jaran Desert- Alxa Youqi (B, L)
After breakfast, we will enjoy a tour of "Jiangnan resort" in the desert---Nuo'ertu Lake, a perfect spot for photography. Then, we will drive to Baoritaolegai Lake, experiencing special surfing on the resound sand in the sand lake. Return to Alxa Youqi.

Day 04 Alxa Youqi 每 Shandan 每 Zhangye (B, L)
Drive to visit Shandan Army Ranch, the most famous horse farm since 2000 years ago. Enjoy and grassland scenery and try a horse ride here. Then proceed to Zhangye. Visit Dafo Temple.

Day 05 Zhangye (B, L)
Visit Danxia Landform in the morning, which is the biggest National geographic Park in the middle of Hexi Corridor. Visit Mati Temple Grottoes in the afternoon, it has very strong influence of Tibetan Buddhism with 1600 years history.

Day 06 Zhangye departure (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to the train station and head for your next destination.

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