Alashan Travel Guide

Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2015/5/14

Alashan Overview

Alashan League has a total area of 280,000 square kilometers. It is the league with the largest area in Inner Mongolia. Presently it governs three counties, i.e. Alashan Left County whose administration center lies at Bayanhaote town, Alashan Right County whose administration center rests at Ekenhuduyouge town, and Ejina County whose administration center is at Dalaikubu town. The administrative center of the league lies at Bayanhaote, Alashan Left County. The league has a total population of 171,000 with 15 ethnic groups such as Meng, Han and Hui, etc.

The three deserts of Badanjilin, Tenggeli and Wulanbuhe which cross the whole league are generally called Alashan Desert with a total area of 84,000 square kilometers and is the second largest in the country and fourth largest deserts in the world. Alashan has distinct tourist features. The first is the uniqueness of the natural scenery. The various patterns of natural ecology such as mountainous areas, forests, grasslands, deserts, Gobi, pools, salt lakes, and psammophyte, etc. which have formed the different scenic systems such as mountains and rivers, large deserts, Gobi and grasslands, etc. The second is the non-replacement of the humanistic resources. The Alashan Mandala Mountain Rock Sculptures which is called “the Primitive Society Gallery”, the Juyan Relic which is well-known for a long time, the Tibetan Buddhism and Eight Temples, Dongfeng Aviation City which was the initiating spot for “Shenzhou VI” Spaceship , the Minority flavor of Mogolia in Weilate and Tuerhute of Alashan, etc are all resources only possessed by Alashan. The third lies in the originality and mystery of the area. The highest sand mountain of the world, the largest loud sand area and the most serried area with sand lake groups all gather in Badanjilin. The poplar of Eerna can “live for a thousand years without falling down, alive for another thousand years after falling down and enduring for another thousand years after death.” The miraculous stones in desert and Gobi are so vivid with different poses and expressions. Tuerhute, who returned to motherland through thousands of hardships and dangers, has settled right in Alashan. “Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center” was originally set in Alashan.