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Top 3 Yardangs in China with Google Earth links

Feb 25, 2009

These are not the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And these are not on Mars either. These are the most beautiful yardangs in Xinjiang Province, west region of China. Unfortunately, probably due to the difficulties to reach these dangerous desert region, only the first one has abundant information on internet. The other two are not even marked in google earth.

Top 3 Yardangs in China

1. Urho Yardang 乌尔禾雅丹 Google Earth

“City of Evil”- the most beautiful rock yardang. Located in Urho District, Xinjiang. See in Google earth here .

2. Bai-long-dui Yardang 白龙堆雅丹

The most mysterious yardang. Located near the famous Lop Nur in Xinjiang. It’s the most unreachable yardang in Xinjiang. Not so many people in the world has visited there.

3. San-long-sha Yardang 三垄沙雅丹

The most magnificent yardang. Located in the gorbi desert to the east of Lop Nur. It was an important stop on the ancient Silk Way. You can easily find some relics there.

[Scenic Splendor of China Series]
This is one post of the Scenic Splendor of China Series. In 2005.10, Chinese National Geography (CNG) selected 114 “most beautiful places” covering 17 different types of scenic patterns. The complete list is here. In Chinese.

[Chinese Keywords]
中国最美的地方 雅丹

[Further Reading]
1. Yardang wikipedia
2. Lop Nur wikipedia

[Image Sources]
From Poco.cn: 01 by 大地诱惑 02 by Eleven 05 by 追影老翁

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