Shi Tang Lin, 20 km long, 10 km wide, is made of cemented flowing lava after the volcanic eruption. It is Asia's largest extinct volcano basalt landscape. You can only see some Yan Pine (short pine trees) and moss where ever magma flowed. The pine tree lives by the side of the lava trail is full of vitality. Also you can see the un-erupted volcanic mound in my pictures.
Arxan National Forest Park is a volcanic forest park with lava landscape, famous for its high crater, lava lake, functional mine hot spring, as well as diverse and varied landscape of lava. The best travel time is June - Aug. I was there in May. Obviously, it was too early to see the spring flowers and green trees.
i chose to do the cable that sends you from the entrance to the middle of the desert. others chose to walk it off..
you will be there after a few minutes.
get to have the colorful sacks to protect your shoes from the sand.
you have to pay
miss out another opportunity to test your health! hahha!
im not really sure if its off-road driving or all-terrain driving. but you will get to drive a 4x4 SUVs across the desert sands. and somebody will be with you to help you through since its not a normal road. also you can be just a passenger and experience the fun of being tossed around like a salad inside the vehicle.
this is what you see on national geographic. i was not able to try it since it was close when we arrived. so sad....
this bubble ball experience can be yours with a certain amount. and they do have conditons attached like certain time (they don't do it at dusk), and the wind conditions matters too.
since i was afraid of heights i didn't dare get onto a piece of plywood and slide down a mountain of sand. it had no safety whatsoever and that in itself convince me not to go.
they charge a certain amount and there was a line for waiting people wanting to try it out.
it was not as scary as i thought it would be, that's what my friend told me, but if ever you dont know how to stop the sliding wood, you would get turned upside down.
hmmm... still makes me think twice about my safety
the same thing with the camels, these horses rarely bathe.. and since i can't stand the smell sticking to me, i didn't dare ride it. there is a fix course and there are few guides who are able to help you if the horses are moving to fast or not moving at all.
well as all camels are smelly. it was a sight to behold when you see the sun setting over the mountains of sand. warning: the water which is suppose to be for bathing was icy cold (during october-fall) and since there was no laundry... you end up with smelly clothes as well.
Mt Aobao is located in the open land and its is a small hill laid stones and is regard as the Mountain God where herdsman worship and pray.
They believe that you should make seven rounds and good luck for the year will be with you. They also put some red strings for what they wish for. Something similar to the chinese cultures.
When in Inner Mogolia or Mongolia, you have to do the horse back riding. Well, in my case I had it in freezing winter. It was like needles poking thru my face even when he hourse was not galloping at a fast pace.
It was an experience to see the wide open land, thousands and thousands of acres.. it will be stunning when it is summer. Winter is nothing less either. Magnificent.
Nice yeah...! I am the great great great grand daughter of Khublai Khan....
Ok the temp is relly crazy for this lady from the tropical country so I refuse to take out my jackets.. therefore I look "fat"...
For less than USD0.50 cents, you get to wear this customes of the locals... this one is actually used by a warrior in teh olden days.. I liek it.
In Hothot, the shopping center are different from what I know thru my whole life of shopping. Here, in one building, they sell the same products. Lets say household items.. the whole building will sell all kinds of household items. Hardware building will sell all teh hardware things you ever need.
There are one or two shopping center that will sell like any other shopping center in the world.. everything under one roof.
Everythng is cheap and do beware of pickpockets.
The word Assassin comes from the Arabic and was only adapted in the Old French, Medievil Latin, Italian and English. It's original form was Hashashin, the collective name given to the hashish eaters in the 11th, 12th & 13th Centuries. During the 11th Century in Persian Ismailite religious teacher named, Hassan Ben Sabbah, who has also been known as the ,'Old man of the mountains', founded and took unto his possession a castle near the Caspian Sea. The Castle known as Alamut was to be the residence and kingdom of Assassins. The Assassins were recruited from small pheasant villages. At about the age of twenty they were taken to the exotic chambers and gardens created at Alamut. It was there that they were given Hashish and, while in oblivion, they were promised paradise in exchange for their blind obidience to Hassan. They were each given a gold dagger and expected to respond obediently to Hassans request to kill. Hassans motives for continued Assassinations were to protect his followers and for the expansion of their faith to their God Mahomet. Hassans reign ended with his death in 1124. He was succeeded thereafter by many rulers of Alamut. There was said to be some 50,000 of the Ismailites in the world today. The murderous traits of these people have long since gone, but they left the name, Assassin, for thousands more to follow.
The Engebei Lake scenic spot is situated in the Kubuqi Great Desert, and its natural
scenery makes up the main part. The perimeter of the lake reaches 6.5km and the lake is made up of underground water flowing out from eight springs. The lake water flows slowly along the winding desert from south to north, like a blue dragon circling in the desert.
The combination of sands, water, sky, reed, birds and hills make up a unique beautiful
scenery. You can even get a speedboat along the lake and visit the great desert gorge.
Enjoy the sight of natural sand patterns and wild birds, drink source water and even bathe!
This was at the Resonant Sand Gorge, a very cool touristy place to go! It was as if I was there as a tourist myself rather than there on work!!! I had to have a camel ride for the sake of work you must understand! So let me tell you about this place!
Its is situated in the north-edge of the Kubuqi Desert. It's about 90metres high so can you imagine having to climb that? I don't think so..I took the cable car!!!! When people climb to the top of the dune and then move back down it, they are able to hear sounds which are similar to the noises made by cars or planes. Its really bizarre..but cool! Resonant sand is still a mysterious phenomenon beyond people's explanations ! It's funny because it's not mentioned in my Rough Guide and I'm wondering if it's in The Lonely Planet, because how do people otherwise know how to get there?!!! Hhmm, I feel an investigation coming on! The place was full of tourists, mainly Chinese, but I did bump into a few French Canadians who said they'd read about it there guide book. The Resonant Sand Gorge is a fun place to go for the day with camel riding, sandsliding, horse riding, go karts and a little car pulled by a sheep to entertain yourself with!!! There is a big Mongolian Yurt where a daily performance for an hour is held with Mongolian dancing, music and singing. You can eat whilst you watch for 100yuan per person, or just watch, for a lesser fee! A really great atmosphere.
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