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Gobi Desert Holidays
Larger than the area of Switzerland, the Gobi Desert lies in the southern part of Mongolia and crosses the border into northern and north-western China. Unlike the Sahara, there are few sand dunes in the Gobi. Instead, the terrain of the world’s fifth-largest desert features rocks and gravel plains. Moreover, the Gobi is a cold desert, - frost is common and even snow is not unheard of. The low temperatures are the result of the desert’s northern latitudes and its location on a plateau at least 1,000 meters above sea level. Despite the harsh conditions, many animals live in the desert, including black-tailed gazelles, marbled polecats, Gobi bears, and Bactrian camels.
The Gobi Desert was historically a part of the great Mongol Empire and the location of a number of cities along the Silk Road. Due to the lack of modern roads in parts of Mongolia, travellers should consider using a tour company to visit the desert. Tourists who want to go dinosaur hunting venture to the north-western parts of the Gobi, a source of many ancient fossils, including precious dinosaur eggs. The Southern Altai Gobi Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife lovers.Read more
The reserve boasts scores of indigenous desert animals, including the Przewalski, the world’s last wild horse. The Eastern Gobi is where the best sandcastles can be built amid the so-called ‘singing dunes’ of Khongoryn Els. The range of dunes climbs farther than the eye can see, inviting visitors to scale them, with or without the assistance of a two-humped camel, of course.