Resonant Sand Gorge means “the desert with horns” in the Mongolian language. Located the east side of Kubuqi Desert, this site is in a crescent shape with gold color. Resonant Sand Gorge is featured by its amazing desert landscape and the whispering sand dunes. In the conditions of the dry climate, people will hear sounds like a bugle and drumbeat in the sand if they surf along the slopes of the dunes.
Resonant Sand Gorge is to the south of Baotou City. Reaching there, we should pass through the majestic Yellow River Bridge and then enter the Kubuqi Desert as it is a part of Kubuqi Desert. All the year round, as long as in sunny and dry days, the sands would send out buzzing sounds like the roar of the helicopter engine when people slid down from the top of the dune. If people dig the sand with their hands, the sand will also send out “wah-wah” sounds like frog’s croaking. So special and marvelous. In the depths of the forest of the Resonant Sand Gorge, namely the “Desert Oasis”, there’s a reception center equipped with bathrooms and outdoor-lights dance hall.
Backing on the Kubuqi Desert and facing to Hantai River, the Resonant Sand Gorge is a crescent-shape sand dune with a height of 110m, a width of 200m and a slope of 45 degrees. It is a huge sandy echo wall standing on the edge of desert, and a rare and precious natural tourism resource. In 2km to the south of crescent-shape sand dune, there is a water-purifying lake. This lake is a small-area sand pool. As its water never dries up, it’s a rare desert spring. In about 3km to the west of this lake, there is a highland dominating the desert. With an altitude of 1486m, it houses the famous Kubuqi Yinken Ovoo. The mysterious phenomenon of sand singing attracts domestic and foreign tourist to come in a continuous stream. The singing of sands is like the soughing of wind in the pines in spring, chirps or croaks in summer, neighs or monkey crows in autumn, or thunder splitting the air in winter. While, about reasons of the sand singing, opinions are widely divided. People advance theories like sifting and smoothly grinding, friction static, geographical environment, resonance box and so on. However, there is no unanimous conclusion yet. People are still exploring the secrets of sand singing.
In recent years, Resonant Sand Gorge Scenic Area has developed tourism activities like desert camel tour, desert paragliding, sandboarding, and local ethnic dances & songs, etc.
Resonant Sand Gorge Scenic Area is 260km to the airport and railway station of Hohhot City from expressway, 45km to the airport and railway station of Baotou City from expressway, about 3km to Baotou-Dongsheng Expressway, and 1km to Resonant Sand Gorge Railway Station. The route Beijing-Hohhot-Baotou-Resonant Sand Gorge-Dongsheng District of Erdos City has good road conditions as it’s a freeway.
What to Do
Resonant Sand Gorge melts the desert culture with the profound Mongolian culture. The magnificent desert scene reflects the unique nomadic group lifestyle. This site possesses some “National No. 1″s such as the No.1 Desert Canal in China, the largest groups of camels living here, the first standard Mongolian art group staying here. Visitors also can have various activities to experience.
► Experiencing the desert canal
► Have a bird’s view to the Kabuqi Desert
► Skating on the desert
► Riding the camel
► Playing the desert paraglide
Besides these exciting activities, visitor also can experience the traditional Ordos culture when stay here for a night. The wolrd-famous Ordos wedding performance, the large-scale party, the carnival and bonfire party, etc. can be experienced here.
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