Shapotou, Zhongwei, Ningxia, China 

Shapotou Scenic Area is located in the southeastern line of Tengger Desert, about 20km away from Zhongwei County in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Shapotou is near the Yellow River, integrating sand and river scenery together.

The Yellow River sources from Heishan Gorge and runs into Zhongwei area. It takes a sudden turn on Shapotou area and gradually flows gently, thus the amazing natural place Shapotou is emerged. The boundless Tengger Desert covers the northern part thickly, while stop along the bank of Yellow River suddenly. Sands form a slope with 2,000 meters width and 200 meters height with a 60 degree angle, it named Shapotou.

When in the sunny days, people slide on the slope. There is a sound coming from the slope which is like a sound of the bell. People title this phenomenon as “The Tolling of Bells in Shapotou”, and regard it as one of the top 4 resonant sands in China.

Epic China Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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