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China Looks More Chinese After Snowfall

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
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Living and working day after day and year after year, are you suffering from the visual fatigue of looking at the world surrounding you? If your eyes are tired, then your heart is easy to be tired too. But thanks to winter, snowfall makes a better and more lively world.

Forbidden City after snowfall is no longer a tourist attraction, instead it is the Forbidden City back to the old times in winter. It doesn’t need the hordes of tourists; it only wants to silently hug the painted Chinese Red in the long historical river peppered with flying snow.

Forbidden City Snow

Forbidden City after snowfall is no longer a tourist attraction.

West Lake in Hangzhou looks like the fair lady at her best. Whether she is richly adorned or plainly dressed. Snowfall envelops her lightly, making her more attractive.

Snowfall makes West Lake more attractive.

Snowfall makes West Lake more attractive.

Zhangjiajie seems awaking from  a winter snow dream, returning to the otherworldly paradise with few people.

No more holiday crowds, only the plain silver attire; mountain paths blocked and no prints on the snow.

Zhangjiajie seems awaking from a winter snow dream.

Zhangjiajie seems awaking from a winter snow dream.

Coated by white snow, Nanjing again becomes Jinling, an ancient city going through 6 dynasties. In the course of the city’s reconstruction, Nanjing has changed greatly.

Maybe only snowing can produce some old fragrance at the former busiest place of Nanjing Fuzimiao ( Nanjing Confucius Temple ).

Nanjing Snow

Maybe only snowing can produce some old fragrance at Fuzimiao.

Sichuan Province, as its famous Sichuan food, is favored as one of the most resourceful tourist destinations in China. The snow shrouded Mt.Emei looks fantastic.

In today’s restless world with social or moral decline, often people are hard to have peaceful souls. Then come to Mt.Emei blanketed by white snow and snow rimes, talking with Buddha in pure hearts. If you are settled down with peaceful souls, you will have your answers.

Mt. Emei Snow

The snow shrouded Mt.Emei looks fantastic

Xian ( the site of Terracotta Warriors ) is on longer the ancient city of Chang’an ( the capital of Tang Dynasty ), though it is now an important tourist destination in China.

Like other historical places, Xian’s beauty doesn’t fall on the tourist season packed with tourists, but on the cold and snowy winter.

Xian's beauty falls on the cold and snowy winter.

Xian’s beauty falls on the cold and snowy winter.

If you feel cities are too small to hold your heart, come and look at the snowy Dunhuang, walking on the white desert and leaving all your worries behind.

Come and look at the snowy Dunhuang.

Come and look at the snowy Dunhuang.

Some places in China become more Chinese after snowfall. But some places always look authentically Chinese such as Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia – these high altitude border areas.

But snowfall makes them even more stunningly beautiful.

The snowy Potala Palace in Lhasa.

The snowy Potala Palace in Lhasa.

People like the green grasslands in Inner Mongolia. But who knows the real charm of Inner Mongolia in winter?

The snowy charm of Inner Monglia.

The snowy charm of Inner Mongolia.

Xinjiang is a good place. After snowfall, it turns to be a paradise. Look at the snowy Hemu Village, Kanasi, Xinjiang.

The snowy Hemu Village, Kanasi, Xinjiang.

The snowy Hemu Village, Kanasi, Xinjiang.

If you are on a China tour and hit by a snowfall, don’t be frustrated and just enjoy your luck at seeing a more authentic China.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
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Generally people visit a museum with the purpose to see  its exhibits inside – looking at art, getting educated, having family bonding time and engaged in social network.  But in the last couple of years, museum buildings themselves have become art.

There have been increasingly stunning museum architectural ventures cropping up all around China. Talented architects are competing to design and produce spectacular museums with “high face value”.

These unusual museums defy gravity, look surreal with wild imagination beyond your expectation.  We’ve rounded up the 10 most beautiful museums around China for your reference in case you are interested in peeking at one of these exquisite museums on your China tour.

1.  Ningbo Museum ( Ningbo Historic Museum) 宁波博物馆
Ningbo Museum (or the Ningbo Historic Museum) is located in Yinzhou District, Ningbo, an eastern coastal city in Zhejiang Province. The museum is mainly focused on Ningbo’ local history and traditional customs. It was open to the public on December 05,  2008.  The museum building is designed by Wang Shu, who later won the he Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2012.

The whole museum has a total construction area of over 30,000 square meters and its main building has three stories. With the first floor as the main base, the build starts to slant down on the second floor, allowing the whole building in a shape of a mountain and a boat, reflecting Ningbo’ geographical feature and its long history of oversea commerce.

Ningbo Museum

Ningbo Museum

There are two kinds of the outer wall decoration of the museum building. Parts of the walls are built of old tiles and bricks collected from torn-down old buildings in the process of the reconstruction of the old city in Ningbo.  Making use of the old building materials is the old way of building a house in an economical way before cement was ever produced. Some walls are built of the cement mixed with bamboo. bamboo is the typical Jiangnan plant.

The museum is home to over 60,000 exhibits on display housed in exhibition halls. They are on display according to different themes relative to Ningbo’s history starting from Hemudu Culture 7000 years ago.

Opening Time: 9:00 – 17:00  ( Mon – Sun )
Tel: 0574 – 82815555
Official Web: Ningbo Museum
Add: 1000 Shounan Middle Road, Yizhou District, Ningbo

2. 5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial Museum  5.12 汶川特大地震纪念馆
5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial Museum is set to commemorate the Wenchuan earthquake, which hit Sichuan on May 12, 2008 and left over 87,000 people dead or missing. It was officially open to the public on May 9, 2013. It is

The museum is designed by the Architectural Design and Research institute of Tongji University. The whole museum takes an area of 140,230 square meters with the construction area of 14,280 square meters and exhibition space of 10,748 square meters.

5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial Museum

5.12 Wenchuan Earthquake Memorial Museum

The principal building is named as “Cracks”, implying the museum is designed to capture the swift freeze-frames of the disaster moments and leave lasting memories for future generations. The style of the whole museum building is like a landscape using the methods of land cutting. There is a sinking plaza and walking path which extends to the placid lawn  and part of the building arises from the ground, implying new birth and hope.

Add:  Renjiaping Village, Qushan Town, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
Tel: 0816-4831198 四川北川羌族自治县曲山镇任家坪

3. Yungang Grottoes Museum  云冈石窟博物馆
As the second largest city in Shanxi Province, Datong is situated in the far north, near the border with Inner Mongolia, a 6-hour train ride or 5-hour drive from Beijing.

In the year of 398, Datong was set up as the capital city of Northern Wei Dynasty (386 -557). In 493, Northern Wei Dynasty moved its capital city to Luoyang. The 97-year as a Northern Wei capital has left huge cultural heritage of that time to Datong.

In a valley at Yungang, some 16km west of Datong, there are more than 45 recesses dug into the hills and filled with Buddhist statues of various sizes and shapes, 51,000 altogether, later called Yungang Grottoes ( Cloud Ridge Caves ) listed UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.

Yungang Grottoes Museum is located on the west edge of the Yungang Grottoes Scenic Area. It is designed by Dapeng Cheng Do Union Architecture. It was completed in 2011.

Yungang Grottoes Museum

Yungang Grottoes Museum

The whole museum covers a total construction area of 9939.46 square meters with an exhibition hall and a multi-functional performing arts center.  To protect the ancient cultural heritage and the surrounding environment, a large part of the museum building ( an area of 6000 square meters ) is a most sunk underground.

The exhibition hall is a one floor long-span space, 6 meters deep underground and the highest elevation above ground is 5.8 meters. The museum building appearance above the ground is designed in an arching shape with 4 meters wide and 40 meters long. The performing arts center is built on based the former histrionic place in south edge with an underground floor as high as 3.6 meters.

Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:30

4.  Shanghai Natural History Museum 上海自然博物馆
The new Shanghai Natural History Museum has replaced the original Natural History Museum with more exhibition space. Completed in April, 2015, it is designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Director Ralph Johnson.

The museum is located in the Jing’an Sculpture Park in the center of downtown Shanghai. The overall appearance of the principal building is inspired by the nautilus shell, one of the most simple biological form found in nature. The wall on the east implies earth’s vegetation, and the stone wall on the north signifies shifting tectonic plates and canyon walls eroded by rivers.

Shanghai Natural History Museum

Shanghai Natural History Museum

The museum is home to over 240,000 samples, including over 62,000 pieces of animal specimens, 135,000 plant specimens, 700 specimens of the Stone Age, and 1,700 specimens of minerals.

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:15 (Closed on Monday)
Enetrance fee: 30 yuan
Add: 399 Shanhaiguan, Jing’an District, Shanghai.

5. Dafen Art Museum 大芬美术馆
Da Fen is a village in Longgang District, Shenzhen City which borders Hong Kong on the south. The village has an area of 4 square km with a population of 300 native villagers. Dafen Village is dubbed as “Da Fen Oil Paintings Village”.

The “Oil Painting” story went back to the year 1989,  when a Hong Kong artist came and settled in Da Fen Village. He rented the local residential houses and hires arts students and artists to imitate the original and famous oil paintings to be sold on the international markets. Later Da Fen Village got world famous for its massive productions of oil paintings.

Dafen Art Museum

Dafen Art Museum

The construction of Dafen Art Museum was sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the Longgang District Government.  It has a total construction area of 16,866 square meters with three structural layers. The whole building is built with rich Chinese traditional cultural elements – the mix of Yin and Yang, black and white, and “roofed patio” often used in the ancient architeture. The museum buildings implies the spirit of the village-in-city:fusion, openness, moderation and peacefulness.

Add: Da Fen Village, Longgang District, Shenzhen City

6. Shanghai Museum of Glass 上海玻璃博物馆
Shanghai Museum of Glass is built on the former Shanghai glass manufacturing site in Baoshan District. It is designed by Logon Architecture.  Apart from its glass themed exhibition, Shanghai Museum of Glass also offers  plentiful activities and entertainment to attract people for interaction.

Walking in the factory-turned museum, visitors will feel the vivid transition between the old and the new as well as  the fascinating imagination produced by the common glass creativity.

Shanghai Museum of Glass

Shanghai Museum of Glass

Opening Hours; 09:30 – 17:00 ( Closed on Monday)
Entrance fee: 20 yuan
Tel: 021-6618970
Official Web: Shanghai Museum of Glass
Add: 685 Changjiang West Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai

7. Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper 高黎贡手工造纸博物馆
Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper is located in a field next to Xinzhuang village on the west edge of the southern Gaolugong National Nature Reserve, Tengchong, Yunnan. The museum is designed by Tao  Trace Architecture Office.

Xinzhuang Village has a long history of handicraft paper making. The handicraft paper making museum is set to preserve and carry on the tradition as cultural heritage. The museum is composed of exhibition rooms, book stores, work space for interaction.

Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper

Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper

The museum is like a mini-showcase of the village while the village provides a broad view of the handcraft paper making. The museum building meshes with the nearby village and landscape. The building is creatively made with traditional Chinese wood structural system of nail-less tenon connection.  Local materials are used including bamboo, and volcano stone.

8. National Museum of China 中国国家博物馆
The National Museum of China is a four-storied main building with two symmetrical wings, extending over 300 meters north and south along the eastern side of Tian’anmen Square.

The building was one of ten outstanding architectures constructed in 1959 to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

National Museum of China

National Museum of China

Opening hours:
9:00 – 17:00; Closed on Mondays
Tickets issued until 15:30
Last admission at 16:00
Official Web: National Museum of China
Add: 16 East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing

9. Luyeyuan Stone Sculpture Art Museum (Mrgadava Museum) 鹿野苑石刻博物馆
The stone carving museum is located Yunqiao Village, Xinmin Town, Pi County, Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The museum is designed by Liu Jiakun (Collaborator: WANG Lun).

The whole museum take an area of  6,670 square meters with the construction area of 1.037 square meters. The museum building is constructed with reinforced concrete, shale brick, pebble, blue stone, glass and Steel.

Luyeyuan Stone Sculpture Art Museum

Luyeyuan Stone Sculpture Art Museum

It is a private small scale themed museum, displaying over 1000 stone sculptures ranging from Han Dynasty to Ming and Qing dynasties. The musuem is mainly focused on Han and Tang dynasties. .

Add:  Yunqiao Village, Xinmin Town, Pi County, Chengdu 成都郫县新民场镇云桥村
Tel: 028 87976166

10. Lanyang Museum 兰阳博物馆
Lanyang Museum is located in Yilan County, Taiwan. It is designed by the architect – Kris Yao from Artech Architects. It is adjacent to the wetland in Toucheng Town, Yilan. The museum introduces the natural history of Yilan as well as its culture and landscape.

Lanyang Museum

Lanyang Museum

The museum appearance is like a huge rock rising from the water surface. The museum building is based on the local common geographical features.  Its construction style is inspired by the natural Cuesta rock formation.  The building is composed of interlacing solid and glass volumes. The solid volume is designed for exhibition and administrative spaces;  the glass volume is set as the main lobby and the restaurant area.

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17: 00
Tel: 03-9779700
Add: 750 Sanduan, Qingyun Road, Toucheng Town, Yilan, Taiwan 台湾宜兰县头城镇青云路三段750号

Top 10 Museums in Beijing

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10 Most Scenic Drives in China

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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With the rapid development of the expressways and highways, road tripping has become one of the most favorite ways of traveling across China. The car represents mobility, freedom with a feel of controlling your destinations.

China is a vast country, very drivable since now the roads are excellent. It has countless scenic drives with most of the stellar standouts in the northwest, west and southwest China.

In the past 10 years I have been road-tripping China on and off. But I’m still far from covering all the incredible sightseeing drives across China. Today I’d like to present our version of the 10 most scenic drives in China, an attempt to be helpful in planning your China road trip. My 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best.

First of all, I’d like to round up some travel tips for planning your road trip in China.

Trips for Planning a China Road Trip

1) Hire a Vehicle with driver
Hiring a vehicle with driver (or just take a taxi for a short road trip ) is the easiest way to hit on the open road. Hiring a car and self-driving in China is still very much difficult for short-time international visitors.

The driving rules and regulations are quite different from those in your home country. Penalty for traffic violation is high. Almost all the expressways and highways are covered under surveillance cameras.

2) Prepare for the food on the way
Scenic drive cannot guarantee the food quality and very often you don’t find any restaurants on route. It is a good idea to prepare in advance some high protein and vitamin snacks, nuts and fruits.

3) Book your hotels on your road trip
Download a hotel booking app on your smart phone and prebook your hotel before you get to the next destination for overnight. In the remote areas or during off tourist season, you may just book your hotel on the spot when you get there. Getting ready for sleeping bags in case you are in the middle of nowhere.

4) Toilets on route
Gas stations are often the only places for you to use toilets. But the toilet general condition is not good, dirty and without any toilet paper. You should always bring your rolls of toilet paper on your China road trip.

5) Plan your road trip
You should plan your China road trip in advance. China is huge and you may do just a section for one time. Even for this section, you need to split your road trip across several days. It is a good idea to keep a loose plan because you never know when fun and interesting opportunities will arise.

 10 of my previous most scenic drives in China

1. Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village
Guoliang Village is located 82km to the northwest of Xinxiang, 90km north of Zhangzhou, easily accessible by highspeed trains from Beijing, Shijianzhang, Wuhan and Guangzhou since Xixiang is on the Beijing – Guangzhou Railway Line.

From Xinxiang, you hire a taxi for a few hours’ return road trip to Guoliang Village. In 1972, 13 strong villagers from Guoliang Village wanted to change the situation of inaccessibility to the outside world and started carving a road off the east side of the cliff.  The carved tunnel is 12 or 13 feet across, about 15 or 16 feet high and  a mile long. The road was opened in 1977.

Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village

Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village

Praised as one of the 8 road wonders in the world, the tunneled road is now well known as “Long Corridor in the Cliff” or “Precipice Gallery”.  The east side of the carved road is the picturesque Grand Canyon with Red Steep Cliff. The Grand Canyon is more than 200 meters in height, 500 meters in width and 20km in length. The red rocks are scarlet and upright like knifed and axed. The scenic Grand Canyon is one of the highlights on your road trip to Guoliang Village.

For more information, check out:
Guoliang Village.

2. Yaxi Expressway: Ya’an to Xichang Highway
Yaxi Expressway is lauded as the most beautiful “Sky Road” in China. Yaxi Expressway starts from Ya’an and ends at Xichang,  a section of Beijing-Kunming highway, 240km long and a ladder like road “leading to the sky”.

Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

The “leading to the sky” here has two meanings – 1) The 240km expressway is made of 270 viaducts,  an elevated roadway that stretches 240 kilometers, designed to minimize impact on the environment and driving on the numerous viaducts makes people feel like driving in the air; 2) For driving each kilometer, we ascends by 7.5 meters along the expressway. There are also 25 spiral tunnels used to reduce the effect on mountains.

For more information, check out:
Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

3. S313 Highway: Scenic Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba
It is an incredible 150 km drive along Highway S 313 from Xinduqiao to Danba, morphing from Muya Tibeten area  to Jiarong Tibetan area.

From Xinduqiao to Taigong, you need to slow down – this region wants to be savored, not gulped. The road is lined with
with golden meadows, crystal-clear streams, yellow poplar trees and Tibetan stone houses against the meandering mountains under the canopy of the blue sky and white clouds.

Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

Tagong Town is well known for the same name Tagong Monastery and its surrounding Tagong Grassland that offers great views against the sacred Yala Mountain at 5820m.

For the 87km Bamei Town- Danba  road trip, there are two impressive sights – Huiyuan Monastery in Xie De Town ( formerly the ancient Tai Ning City ) of Dawu County in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the majestic Yala Snow Mountain at the elevation of 5820m.

For  more information, check out:
Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

4. S217 and S216 Highways: Eye-Popping Drive from Litang to Yading
The Highway S217 runs from Litang to Daocheng (148km), and further stretched to Yading along S216  (115km). The 148km drive from Litang to Doacheng is one of the jaw-dropping drives, going over Rabbit Mountain at the altitude of 4696 meters and passing by the vermilion Buddhist Monastery, the undulating mountains, Tibetan houses and yellow poplar trees and dry riverbeds.

The highway S216 from Daocheng to Yading is surprisingly in good condition, a wide and flat asphalt road with clean iron handrails and clear road signs. The road meanders on the wide and flat valley flanked with fields, meadows, Tibetan houses and undulating hills, all coated with autumn golden hues ( best to drive in autumn ).

Bowa Lake

Bowa Lake on the way from Daocheng to Yading

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Drive from Litang to Daocheng
Drive from Daocheng to Yading.

5. National Highway 214:  Drive from Mangkang to Shangri-la 400km
The National Highway G214 (Yunnan-Tibet Highway) is a hidden gem,  3256 km long starting from Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province to Jinghong, Yunnan Province.

The 400km drive from Mangkang to Shangri-la has stunning views. You need to split the drive across two days. On the first day you drive from Mangkang to Deqin (219km ) and second day from Deqin to Shangri-la (181 km).

Unlike the hyped G318, G214 is quite unknown to the public though it has heart-stopping views with its varied landscapses. G214 connects the headwaters of Yangtze River, Yellow River, Lancang River and Honghe River.

Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

The G214 (Yunnan-Tibet Highway ) from Deqin to Shangri-la is de facto a sightseeing avenue, which cuts through the intoxicating Baimang Snow Mountain ( also known as Baima Snow Mountain). Lying in the mid-section of Hengduan Mountain, Baima Snow Mountain runs from north to south with 20 peaks over 5000 meters and its highest peak at 5430 meters.

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Drive from Mangkang to Deqin
Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

6. Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp Road Trip 100km
The road trip branching off the main National Highway 318 going to the Mt. Everest Base Camp takes 3 or 4 hours for a 100km mountain road mainly due to the poor and bumpy dirt road.

The road trip is every much challenging. People have to endure endless twists and turns, and hairpin bends. But you will see heart-stopping views – dotted Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains, yaks, wild rabbits, wild sheep, dzopkyos (yak-cow hybrids),  and awe-inspiring mountain peaks – a paradise on earth!

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp Travel Tips:
1) Better for a small group using a land cruiser instead of bus tour
2) Ready for Bottled oxygen if you are not confident about your health
3) Water and snacks
4) Sunglass, sunscreen, altitude sickness medicine
5) Good sleep the day before
6) Suggested to stay in Tingri for overnight
7) Alien Travel Permit for Mt.Everest Base Camp

For more information, check out:
 Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

7. Head-spinning drive from Xining to Qinghai Lake 151 km
Qinghai Lake has long been one of the biggest draws in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province which lies on the northeast of Tibetan Plateau. At the altitude of 3200 meters, Qinghai Lake boasts great charms – Blue sky and water, white clouds and green grassland, and amazing rape flowers, a wonderful summer resort and mesmerizing landscape.

On the way

On the way

The 151 km road trip is a scenic drive, passing by massive valleys, alpine meadows, limpid rivers, historical sites and remote towns. There are quite a  few scenic attractions and historical sites on route. You can ask your driver to stop at the sites you are interested in.

For more information, check out:
How to Visit Qinghai Lake from Xining

8. Urumqi to Kanas Lake Loop Road Trip 2000 km
As you know, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region occupies an area of 1.6 million square km with a population 20.95 million, one sixth of China in size, equivalent of 160 “Beijings”, an area the size of France, Germany, Spain and the UK combined. Xinjiang has a huge number of unique natural and cultural resources and no one can digest them all.

Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake Natural Reserve is the big draw in the  Northern Xinjiang Route. Kanas Lake is classified by UNESCO as “mankind’s last piece of pure land. Not just Kanas Lake, you have more to see, to feel, to touch along the semicircle Northern Xinjiang route around the Junggar Basin touring Fuyun, Altay, Burjin, Kelamayi…

For more information, check out:
Drive from Urumqi to Burjin
Burjin – Kanas Lake – Jiadengyu
Drive from Jiadengyu to Kelamayi
Drive from Kelamayi to Urumqi

9. Lanzhou to Langmusi Road Trip 488 km
For the road trip from Lanzhou to Langmusi 488 km, you may split it into two sections for 2 days – Lanzhou to Xiahe 258 km and Xiahe to Langmusi 230km.

The whole drive distance from Lanzhou to Xiahe County, and on to Labrang Monastery is about 258 km. In between, you pass by Hezheng County and Lingxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture. The 258 km road trip will give you deep impression in terms of both different landforms and cultures unfolded on the road.



For the 230km road trip, you will drive along the National Highway No.213 passing by Hezuo City, Luqu County, experiencing mesmerizing views of alpine meadows, grasslands, grazing yaks and sheep, and Tibetan living houses, unfolding a “water colour” picture of the pristine life in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

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Drive from Lanzhou to Xiahe
Drive from Xiahe to Langmusi

10. Hohhot to Ejina Qi Return Road Trip 2080 km
The West Inner Mongolia, or Alashan (Alxa) League specifically, is a mysterious place admired by all travelers. With its capital at Bayanhot(Bayanhaote), Alashan (Alxa) League is the largest league prefecture -level region in Inner Mongolia with an area of 270,000 Square km.

It comprises three counties – Alashan Zuoqi (Alxa Left Banner), Alashan Youqi (Alxa Right Banner) and Ejina Qi (Ejina Banner), which are also the largest oasises in Alashan. Numerous striking sights are dotted around these three green lands.

Badain Jaran Desert

A Glimpse of Badain Jaran Desert

The Hohhot to Ejina Qi ( Ejina Banner), an over-2000 km crazy drive will allow you to pass by Yinshan Mountains and Kubuqi Desert, through Ulan Buh Desert and Badain Jaran Desert.

Badain Jaran Desert is definitely the highlight of the adventurous drive. Badain Jaran Desert boasts the highest stationary dunes in the world (the tallest dune over 450 meters, extending over 5 km in length) and the third the largest desert in China with an area of over 49,000 sq.kilometers.

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A Glimpse of Badain Jaran Desert


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