Singing Sand Ravine
Singing Sand Ravine (Xiangsha Wan) is a mega comprehensive desert resort in the east Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia, 31 miles (50 kilometers) away from Baotou City. The name Xiangsha in Chinese means that the sand can make different sounds, which is the most distinctive feature of this place. There are about 100 entertainment programs, such as sand-sliding, camel-riding, and desert motorcycle. Visitors can also have a taste of Mongolian life and enjoy the local marriage customs.
Why is the Sand Singing?
|Map of Singing Sand Ravine |
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There are five holiday villages in Singing Sand Ravine, named Yilisha, Fusha Island, Yuesha Island, Xiansha Island, and Lianshan Island.
Yilisha Holiday Village
Starting the day with a cup of mellow milk tea made by a Mongolian grandma, you may take the characteristic carriage driven by a local grandpa to the wide grassland to enjoy the original herding life. At noon, a traditional Mongolian wedding will be performed to demonstrate local marriage custom. The night is the liveliest time of a day. Enthusiastic local people will invite you to their gers to have dinner, which is definitely a feast for your stomach, with kumiss and delicious roast of a whole lamb. You can also hear local drinking songs and enjoy Mongolian dance during the banquet.
Passing by the old Mongolian tribe, you will get to Yuesha Island. It is a place to feel the joy brought by art and sports. You can take part in many activities there, such as rhythmic gymnastics, aerobics, street dance, and beach volleyball. Or you can stay in Desert Water World to have a different swimming experience. Making a sand sculpture or painting is also a good choice to feel the charm of the desert.
Transportation in the Scenic Area
|Yilisha Holiday Village – Xiangshawan Port||No.1 and No.2 Cableways|
|Tourist Center – Fusha Island||No.3 Cableway|
|Xiangshawan Port – Xiansha Island||Desert Surfing Car|
|Xiangshawan Port – Yuesha Island||Desert Sightseeing Train or Desert Surfing Car|
|Xiangshawan Port – Fusha Island||Desert Surfing Car|
|Xiansha Island – Yuesha Island||Riding Camels|
|Fusha Island – Yuesha Island||Desert Surfing Car|
|Fusha Island – Xiansha Island||Desert Surfing Car|
|Sightseeing Area – Leisure Area (In Fusha Island)||Desert Sightseeing Car|
How to Get There?
You can take coaches bounded for Dongsheng in Baotou Long-Distance Bus Terminal, Hohhot West Passenger Station, or Hohhot Tongda South Long-Distance Bus Station. Otherwise, take coaches going to Baotou from Ordos Dongsheng District Passenger Center Station. Get off at the intermediate stop: Singing Sand Ravine (Xiangsha Wan) Flyover. Then walk 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers) or take a taxi to the destination.
|CNY 130 (Including cableway fee. Other activities should be paid separately.)|
|Children Ticket: CNY 80 |
(for children between 3.9 and 4.9 feet (1.2 and 1.5 meters) in height)
|Free of charge for children less than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) in height.|
|Opening Hours||8:00 – 19:00|
|Recommended Time to Visit||May to October|
From Xiangshawan to Baotou, I didn’t find the bus, but I know there is bus from Baotou Airport and Railway Station to Xiangshawan, so I think there may be buses back, you can ask more information when you get there. Or you can charter a car to Baotou, which may take 50 minutes and CNY150-200.