Taklamakan desert highway - an unforgotten Silk Road adventure


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Fri, 06/14/2013 - 16:26 -- Amanda

Do you want to travel across a huge desert? If the answer is yes, then you can't miss the unforgotten Taklamakan Desert Highway trip. Actually, Taklamakan Desert was called "Sea of Death" which means once you go into this desert you'll never come back! The highway is built on the tough desert environment. Many travelers regard crossing the mysterious Taklamakan Desert as the ideal Xinjiang tourism experience. During the time on the highway, you'll appreciate the unique desert and oasis scenery and feel a big change in temperature between day and night in the desert. Once you decide to try this adventurous trip, the Silk Road Adventure will show more details about travel to Xinjiang tour.

There are two highways built on the Taklamakan Desert that conveniently links south and north villages in Xinjiang. The world's longest and most famous cross-desert highway from Luntai to Minfeng was completed in 1995 and is 565 km. (351 mi.) long. The latest highway from Hotan to Arael is 424 km. (263 mi.) long and has been opened to public since 2008. Thanks to the two highways, travelers' itinerary have become fantastic and easy as well as they can personally enjoy real desert scenery when they travel to Xinjiang. Besides, visiting the four counties at the start of the two highways is a good chance to see the locals' daily life in Xinjiang. You can get more information about Xinjiang tourism at: Travel to Xinjiang Tour.

Unlike other Xinjiang tourism spots, you'll spend some hours on highway to appreciate desert scenery. Along the way, there are many populus diversifolia which you can see on the desert. Taklamakan desert has the largest amount of populus diversifolia around the world. Populus diversifolia is a strong plants that has lived for 3,000 years on earth! In order to protect the highways, many brambles are planted on both sides of the highway and every 5 km. (3 mi.) has a well-house where two workers live for watering these precious shelter-forest. When you travel to Xinjiang, some ruins are located inside of the Taklamakan Desert highway of  Hotan and Arael. It is easy to find them when you take a car on the highway. If you want to have a close look at the ruins, you can stop to visit these famous historical ruins.

Taklamakan Desert is a famous scenic spot in Xinjiang tourism as well as the China's largest desert. It's a shifting-sand desert and covering an area of 33,700 sq. km. (20,940 sq. mi.). Taklamakan in Uigur language means "you can get into it but can never get out" and the desert has another name "the Sea of Death". Because of the wind, the sand are always moving forward and some reports said that each year they move about 150 m. (492 ft.), which seriously threatens the existence of oasis and locals' survival. There are numerous natural resources buried under it's vast area, such as groundwater, oil and oil gas. 

Don't be afraid of the intimidating Taklamakan Desert, take a car to challenge this huge area of sand on your must-see Xinjiang tourism plan. It's truly after you have experienced this adventure, you will not fear anything! If you interested in travel to Xinjiang trip, please look at: Xinjiang Tourism Photography Tour.

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