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响沙湾沙漠Xiangshawan Desert is not far south of 内蒙古Neimenggu's (Inner Mongolia) 包头市Baotou City. I did not know of the area til I saw it advertised on the city's tourist map.    It was hailed as a phenomenon for being the closest sand-duned desert to a city, and as a natural wonder with giant sand dunes that loom 30 meters high on nearby farm fields. This scenic spot seemed quite popular as I saw a decent number of people while I was here in the late afternoon. Since it's a desert it wont be complete without the two-humped camels. And there were enough of them so no one has to fight for a ride. You can ride the camels on the ground and I am assuming you can do the same on the dunes above. But if you are tire of smelling the camels, there were also horse rides for your pleasure.   Read my travelogue on this area.

NEW -- July 21, 2010

The beautiful city of Suzhou crisscrossed with narrow water canals

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image of a group of Mongolian gersimage of dunes near Baotou city

Enjoy the wide 希拉穆仁草原Xilamuren grassland, the huge dunes of 响沙湾Xiangshawan, and the ancient Wall of the Qin state in 内蒙古Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia).

Travelogues and travel notes.

trucks on the desert road

Pictures I took while on a bus traveling through the sandy deserts of 甘肃Gansu on my way to 嘉峪关Jiayuguan.

Travel Information

Getting There:

    Map of Baotou City to Xiangshawan Desert

  1. 包头市Baotou City
  2. 东河区Donghe District
  3. 达拉特旗Dalateqi (Daqi County)
  4. 响沙湾Xiangshawan Desert

From 包头市东河区Baotou city's Donghe district (2), take a bus or minivan(Y9) south to 达旗Daqi County (3). The ride is about 45 mins. From Daqi's bus station, there are local public buses(Y5) to 响沙湾沙漠Xiangshawan Desert (4). This ride takes about 30 - 45 minutes. For more information, read my 《响沙湾游记》Xiangshawan travelogue. Getting back to the city is much easier as many buses converge in Baotou. Get on a bus at Daqi's bus station, or wait for one on the main road going north.

Entrance Ticket:

30 yuan. Cable car ride is 25 yuan. (summer 2006).

Accomodations:

There are quite a few hotels and gers or yurts on the foot of the giant dunes, and on a hillside and the summit of a cliff.

Miscellaneous:

Get there early. An overnight stay to see the sunset and sunrise over the dunes would probably be very rewarding.