Shapotou Scenic Area

Shapotou Shapotou
Shapotou Scenic Area is located in Zhongwei City on the southern rim of the Tenger Desert; it was established in 1984 and covers an area of more than 13,000 square meters. The Zone features landscape, grassland and wild animals unique to Tenger Desert. There are 422 kinds of plants and over 150 kinds of animal living in this golden world.

The boundless desert comes to an abrupt stop here where the onrushing Yellow River takes a sudden turn and runs calmly through. The formidable desert bends over to the river, forming a waterfall-like sand dune some 200 meters high and 2,000 meters wide with a gradient of 60 degrees, which is known as bell tolls at the sandy slope. when you slide down the slope, a resonant noise reverberates like the tolling of a huge bell. In front of the sand dune, the restless Yellow River runs by with gentle waves, a rarely majestic sight that no photographers would miss. The local people have managed to harness the desert by planting grass in chessboard pattern, making Shapotou like bright pearls in the sand sea.

Travelers may venture into the Tenger Desert by riding camels, or raft the Yellow River aboard sheepskin dinghies. A convoy of camels marches on with their heads rising high and the camel-riders leisurely tread on the sand like sailing on the waves of the golden sea in the sound of camels' bells, a remote and poetic Western Region landscape of the Silk Road. On the Yellow River, boat-trackers bared to the waist stand aboard the sheepskin rafts, their songs echoing through the sky.

Location: Zhongwei City, Yinchuan
Entrance Fee: RMB 90
Opening Hours: 6:00-19:00
Transportation: Take train from Yinchuan to Zhongwei, and then take long-distance but from Zhongwei to Shapotou.

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