If you love both the desert and the world of water, Sand Lake in northwest China is an ideal choice.
Located in Pingluo County of the Ningxia Autonomous Region, 35miles north of Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia, it is more than 80 square kilometers (about 31 square miles) in area, including 45 square kilometers (about 17 square miles) of lakes and over 22 square kilometers (about 8 square miles) of desert. This unique, natural scenery attracts millions of visitors from China and abroad.
Sand Lake is one of the best places for bird watching in all of China, as it is home to 198 species and over one million birds. Every year during spring and autumn, over one million migratory birds stop here. The Bird-watching Tower, equipped with best telescope available, holds hundreds of people. This is a paradise for the birdwatcher as well as a great variety of birds, including white cranes, black cranes, red-crowned cranes, swans, wild ducks and mandarin ducks. Sand Lake also has several species of fishes. Not just the common carp, silver carp, grass carp and crucian carp but also the blunt-snout bream, which is rarely found in North China. You can find giant salamanders here as well. Because of the abundance of fish, the reeds and the lotuses seem to be endless at Sand Lake.
Besides natural beauty, Sand Lake also offers you more than thirty recreational opportunities. Some are only for the adventurous but less strenuous activities are also available, such as water-motorcycling, wind surfing, and sliding down the dunes.