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[Inner Mongolia] Singing Sand Ravine, Inner Mongolia

During my weekend trip to Inner Mongolia, I was also able to see the “Singing Sand Ravine“. So what makes a desert sing?

According to a NYT Article from 2006:
“Collisions between sand grains cause the motions of the grains to become synchronized. The outer layer of the dune vibrates like the cone of a loudspeaker. The particular note depends primarily on the size of the grains…The most beautiful dune tune comes from the sands of Oman. ‘Very pure sound’, Dr. Douady said. ‘This one is really singing’. The least musical bits of silicon were those from China, which hardly sang at all”.

Yes, I agree with Dr. Douady. I didn’t hear any singing what so ever. Nonetheless, the scenery was gorgeous. This was the second desert that I have seen in all of China. In 2008, I saw the Taklamakan Desert in Turpan and was amazed of the scale and the different faces a desert could have. This Singing Sand Ravine’s great size and scale again reminded me of how small we humans are compared to the great nature our world has to offer. I’ve come to notice that these feelings have become harder to experience these days as we spend most of our time working in metropolitan cities far away from nature. But again, it’s nice to take a step back and emerge yourself with nature once in a while.

Located 50km south of Baotou (包头) and north of Ordos (鄂尔多斯), ‘Singing Sand’ is a must see if you are in the region.

I failed to capture the blue sky as this photo was facing the sun light. But again it gives off a nice atmosphere.

Finally, the blue sky is captured. My travel mates in the background.

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[Photo Essay] Ordos, China: No Longer a Modern Ghost Town

The city of Ordos was founded on February 26, 2001. Home meant for over a million Kangbashi people of Ordos, Inner Mongolia has been in the spotlight for being the Modern Ghost Town as the luxurious apartments have all been bought out but the residents are nowhere to be seen. This photo journal entry is from my Halloween weekend trip to see this city of Ordos to see if it really was empty. As China's rapid development can be seen all across the country, there's not quite a place where over-development can be witnessed.Funded by a $585 billion stimulus package to bolster China's economic development, we can only hope that this investment will result in great returns. With its small population and regional wealth created by rich natural resources, Ordos is the second richest city, richer than Beijing, in per capita terms in China. Many questions remains in this unused and overdeveloped city but as witnessed from my journey, some residents have already moved in to the new Kangbashi district.

From Beijing, it's a13 hour over night train ride making stops at Hohhot, Baotou, and finally to Dongsheng, or Ordos in Mongolian meaning 'Palaces'.

Prior to arriving to Ordos, you can see the development and the massive construction taking place.

First look at an intersection in Kangbashi. Clean roads and luxurious apartments but where is everyone?

At the main square, again pretty empty for having such a luxurious symbolic statue in the middle of the new city.

The opposite side from the Horse Statue is the city government building. Most of the people I saw were mainly tourists here. It's interesting to see how the first half of my experience in Kangbashi witnessed mostly tourists and not many residents.

Still under construction, Ordos Museum resembles almost a pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.

The inside of the Ordos Museum, still under construction. The futuristic architecture amazes ones eyes but is it really necessary?

Another pavilion looking building is the Ordos Library. Ordos Highschool was also as elegant as this library. Ordos is the second wealthiest city in China behind Shanghai in terms of per capita income.

Massive projects continue to progress in Ordos with so little residents actually moving in.

Security guards were given training in the afternoon. But without people moving in there's no need for these guards.

Overlooking the largest construction site in Kangbashi. It's not common to see so many number of cranes as you can see here.

Construction continues in Ordos. Just because you built the city doesn't mean that people will automatically migrate to the city. There has to be a better reason than just the fact that they built the city. Same can be said for many other development projects across China.

Afternoon, I saw some more movement in this city as you can see lights in some of the apartments. We can conclude that there is some progress that has been made in the last couple months. Looks like some people have moved in already but It'll be interesting to see how the city looks like 5 years from now.

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