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. The Gobi is notable in history as the location of several important cities along the Silk Road. The Gobi is a rain shadow desert, formed by the Tibetan Plateau blocking precipitation from the Indian Ocean reaching the Gobi territory. It is the 6th largest desert in the world and the 2nd largest in Asia. Much of the Gobi is not sandy but has exposed bare rock. A relatively large area on the east side of the Greater Khingan range, between the upper waters of the Songhua Sungari and the upper waters of the Liao-ho, is reckoned to belong to the Gobi by conventional usage.
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Gobi Desert - Wikipedia
A holiday in Asia often brings tropical islands and buzzing cities to mind, but magnificent deserts remain some of the region's best-kept secrets. Gobi Desert, the largest desert in Asia, promises stunning sand dunes, dinosaur fossils, warm hospitality from nomad families and friendly Bactrian camels. Spanning across 1,, square kilometres, the desert lies in the dry region of the Tibetian Plateau, extending from northern China to Mongolia and passing through several trading cities along the historical Silk Road including Turpan, Hami and Dunhuang. When in the Gobi Desert, stay with one of the local families in a ger traditional Mogolian yurt to experience some of the age-old customs of the nomadic people. Tatler tip: Try to align your visit with the Nadaam celebration, which happens every year on July The whole country gets into the festive spirit with sports competitions, that range from Mongolian archery and horse racing to wrestling.
The Chinese government is working to reforest the edges of the Gobi desert to prevent its spread into surrounding villages. Deserts come in many shapes, sizes and climates -- Antarctica and the Arctic are the world's largest deserts. The technical definition of a desert area is a region that receives under 10 inches of precipitation per year, though the climate can range from extremely arid to semi-arid. Asia's major deserts break the stereotype of rolling sand dunes radiating with heat and feature trees, plantations, mountains and occasional frost.
Deserts are among the most dramatically alluring natural landscapes in the world. Their stark beauty is timeless, and life here exists at the mercy of the elements. Deserts are wild, harsh places, and we love exploring them, photographing them and learning more about these mystical places.