Gobi Desert

Gobi Desert, photo by Zoharby
Gobi Desert (photo by Zoharby)
 

The Gobi is a large desert region located in central and southern Mongolia, as well as northwestern China.

The Gobi is most notable in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road.

The Gobi is made up of several distinct ecological and geographic regions based on variations in climate and topography.

The town of Dalanzadgad is the jumping off point for three of the main tourist attractions in the Gobi: Yoliin Am (Vulture’s Mouth), Khongriin Els (Singing Dunes), and Bayanzag (Flaming Cliffs).

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide
   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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Jujin Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Jujin Hotel offers accommodation in Wulijisumu. Free parking spaces are available around the site. Jujin Hotel is within a 5-minute drive of the local government office. Alxa Left Banner is a 4. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Natural
Deserts
The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the West, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast.

For visitors that want the ultimate in pure desert experience, the best place to head is Khongoriin Els. Known as the singing dunes, these are the largest sand dunes in Mongolia.
Geologic Formations
The Gobi is home to plenty of weird geology. The three most popular destinations in the Gobi are accessible from Dalanzadgad:

1. Bayanzag. Known to as the flaming cliffs, is a 2 hour drive from Dalanzadgad. You can stay in one of the Ger Camps around the area and tour the cliffs during the day.

2. Khongoriin Els. Known as the singing dunes, these are the largest sand dunes in Mongolia. It is possible to ride a Bactrian camel and stay the night in a Ger Camp.

3. Yoliin Am. Known as Vulture's valley, this is a gorge that runs through the Gurvan Saihan mountain range about 40 km outside of Dalanzadgad. The canyon is known for having ice most of the year. Horses are available at the entrance to ride in.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Museums
Temples
Combination
Unusual Local Feature
Natural
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