Deserted paradise

Enjoy one of China''s most unusual eco resorts at Alashan Moon Lake.

Fancy getting away from it all Well, going into the middle of the world's fourth largest desert should be the answer. The Alashan Moon Lake resort offers just such a retreat without sacrificing too many creature comforts.

The resort has been built by a Chinese entrepreneur as an eco-tourist resort. Its name derives from the fact that it surrounds an ancient lake in the middle of the Alashan desert. Apart from its beauty, the resort is designed to raise awareness about the devegetation of the Alashan which every year leads to severe sandstorms in Beijing.

You get to the resort by first flying from Beijing to Yinchuan....

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