Nature Wonders Along the Silk Road
Zhangye Danxia Landform is a masterpiece of nature, the rainbow mountain under the setting sun, especially like freshly cut meat and jumbo scallops. The landform is the result of red sandstone erosion, together with its geological structure and long term desert conditions, wind and water erosion. Red, yellow, green, and blue are the colors decorating this area, and the contrast becomes sharper after rainfall.
Yardang Geo-park is one of the main attractions of the Dunhuang. It looks abrupt and strange on the endless Gobi Beach, especially at sunset. The wind-eroded mountains and rocks look like prehistoric monsters.
Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Moon Spring are one of the must-see attractions in Dunhuang; the desert meets the oasis in the most spectacular view. From the sheer scale of the dunes, so it's easy to see how Dunhuang gained its name "Town of Sand." The same area is the Shallow Spring fed Crescent Moon Lake, which forms an oasis at the edge of the desert. A peculiar natural phenomenon occurs when standing on top of the dune. If it's a windless day, a sound similar to a flute can be heard, but if many people are descending the dune at once, it becomes a thunderclap.
As a born and bred in Urumqi, I'll recommend you visit Heavenly Lake; this place is also known as "Yaochi," which is about an hour's drive from Urumqi.
From June to September are the best seasons for Tianshan Heavenly Lake tourism. Meanwhile, it is also an ideal winter and summer resort.
Considered as one of the ten most beautiful canyons in China, Kuqa Grand Canyon undoubtedly showcases another masterpiece of earth movement. The natural landscape of the Grand Canyon is gorgeous, and I suppose it will be charming to see the sunset if the weather is good.
Taklamakan Desert is known as China's largest desert, and it is also known as "the place of no return." A long time ago, a Swedish geographer and explorer, Sven Hedin, tried to cross the Taklamakan Desert via Tusluk to the Khotan River. Moreover, from autumn to spring of the following year is the golden season to cross the Taklimakan Desert.
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