Sunset over Guaishulin

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Planning your West Inner Mongolia Tour? “Guaishulin”, literally “weird forest”, here refers to the Dead Euphrates Poplar Forests in Ejina Qi ( Ejina Banner ), in the west of Inner Mongolia, China.

Guaishulin and Heicheng Ruins are a combined tourist destination, a big draw in Ejina Qi (Banner). It is located 28km southwest of Dalaihubu, the seat of Ejina Qi government. The entrance to the Guaishulin and Heicheng Ruins Tourist Destination is close to Guaishulin. For Heicheng Ruins, you have to take the shuttle bus service by the entrance to the old fortress 15km away in the northeast.

Unlike the autumn yellow and golden leaves of Euphrates Poplar Forests in Ejina Qi, here in Guaishulin, you will see a land of typical of  “a dead scene of a battlefield” – dead and fallen Euphrates Poplar Trees. The death of the poplar trees in the area is the result of the decrease of ground water on the arid desert.

After death, the dead poplar trees show great desire for life, some standing upright, some refusing to fall down, others lying on the ground without being rotten. The Euphrates Polar trees narrate a story of “greatness” in the face of the arid and hard land for centuries. Euphrates Poplar trees are said to “exist for three thousand years – live for one thousand years, dead for one thousand years and rotten for one thousand years”. Here you are able to feel the “Heroism” of the dead poplar trees.

You are required to pay a combined an entrance ticket for Guaishulin and Heicheng Ruins. Basically you should take the shuttle bus from the entrance to Heicheng Ruins 15km away in the northeast. After visiting Heicheng Ruins, you again take the shuttle bus back and get off at the station of Guaishulin. You are supposed to walk through the east gate and end at the west gate which is linked to the main entrance.

You’d better off visiting Guaishulin in the later afternoon, so you are able to catch the magnificent view of the dark and dead scene under sunset. The sunset glow enlivens the dead scene.

Now follow me to have a glimpse of Guaishulin – the dead Euphrates Poplar Trees, 28km southwest of Eijina Qi, west of Inner Mongolia.

Camel ride on the desert of the dead Euphrates Poplar Trees

Camel ride on the desert of the dead Euphrates Poplar Trees

Camel ride on the desert of the dead Euphrates Poplar Trees

The dead poplar trees stand up right with tenacious vitality.

The dead poplar trees stand up right with tenacious vitality.

The dead poplar trees stand up right with tenacious vitality.

A zigzag boardwalk winds through the dead scene allowing visitors to have a close-up view of the trees with a good opportunity of photography.

A zigzag boardwalk winds through the dead scene

A zigzag boardwalk winds through the dead scene

A mecca for photographers

A mecca for photographers

A mecca for photographers

The dead Euphrates Poplar Trees are under the sunset glow.

The dead Euphrates Poplar Trees are under the sunset glow.

The dead Euphrates Poplar Trees are under the sunset glow.

 

 

Sunset over the dead scene of Euphrates Poplar Forest

Sunset over the dead scene of Euphrates Poplar Forest

Sunset over the dead scene of Euphrates Poplar Forest

 

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