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Singing Sands in the Gobi Desert

Nature itself composes music played by blowing winds and rolling sand


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The south of Mongolia is home to a good deal of the world's third largest desert—the Gobi. This waterless infinity is composed mostly of rocks and sand, however when you climb to the highest point you can see a green oasis at the mountain's foot. The dunes are particularly impressive when the wind carries shifting sand—this is actually where "the music" comes from. Hence Ghongoriin Els is also referred to as "singing sands." The windy season is quite long and lasts from autumn through spring. However, the best time to visit the Gobi Desert is only June and September; these months are perfect in terms of temperature. April and May could be too chilly, July and August, on the contrary, are too hot with daytime temperature reaching 45 °C. And winter is out of question, as the night temperatures can be – 40 °C. Tourist camps close already in October. Do not worry if the wind does not play sand music, when you are there you can make music yourself—feel free to experiment with the sand: slide down the sand hills or create sand avalanches, a​nd you will hear amazing sounds of the desert.

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