Desert Lotus Hotel

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A Lotus in the Desert: China's Xiangshawan Resort In the Xiangshawan Desert, a remote stretch of dunes in Inner Mongolia, about 350 miles west of Beijing, an architectural lotus recently blossomed: the Desert Lotus Hotel. The hotel is part of a new resort built amid a vast sea of sand dunes, increasingly popular with Chinese tourists. The resort hosts Mongolian-themed performances, camel rides, desert surfing, and more. Xiangshawan is also known as the "Resonant Sand Gorge", as the composition of its dunes make them "singing sands", which can produce a roaring or booming sound when disturbed, a natural phenomenon still not fully understood. Getty Images photographer Feng Li spent a few days at the resort last month, returning with the following images from Xiangshawan.

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中国内蒙古响沙湾沙漠莲花酒店 Desert Lotus Hotel, Xiangshawan, Inner Mongolia

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沙漠莲花:中国响沙湾度假村 《 大西洋月刊 》 2013 年 8 月 16 日报道,响沙湾沙漠由内蒙古境内的绵延沙丘组成,地处北京以西约 350 英里,最近,一朵人工建筑的莲花在这里盛开,它就是响沙湾沙漠莲花酒店。这所酒店是新建在浩渺沙丘中的度假村的一部分,它越来越受到中国游客的欢迎。度假村为游人提供蒙古主题表演、骑骆驼、沙漠冲浪等活动。响沙湾之所以被称为“响沙湾”是因为它是由“会唱歌的沙”构成的,在受到干扰时,沙丘就会发出隆隆的咆哮声,这是一种还没有被完全破解的自然现象。盖蒂图片社( Getty Images )摄影师李峰上月在度假村呆了几天,拍摄了以下照片: 图片摄于 2013 年 7 月 19 日,这是响沙湾沙漠的沙漠莲花酒店,位于中国内蒙古自治区鄂尔多斯境内。响沙湾地处库布齐沙漠,库布齐沙漠是戈壁沙漠的一小部分,约在北京以西 350 英里( 563 千米)。游客从高约 110 米、斜约 45 度的沙丘上滑下来,就会引起“响沙”轰鸣,这是一种尚未被破解的自然现象。这所酒店是近几年新建在沙漠的大型度假村的一部分。(李峰 / 盖蒂图片社)

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In the Xiangshawan Desert, a remote stretch of dunes in Inner Mongolia, about 350 miles west of Beijing, an architectural lotus recently blossomed: the Desert Lotus Hotel. The hotel is part of a new resort built amid a vast sea of sand dunes, increasingly popular with Chinese tourists. The resort hosts Mongolian-themed performances, camel rides, desert surfing, and more. Xiangshawan is also known as the "Resonant Sand Gorge", as the composition of its dunes make them "singing sands", which can produce a roaring or booming sound when disturbed, a natural phenomenon still not fully understood. Getty Images photographer Feng Li spent a few days at the resort last month, returning with the following images from Xiangshawan. The Desert Lotus Hotel in Xiangshawan Desert, also called Resonant Sand Gorge in Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, on July 19, 2013. Xiangshawan is in the Kubuqi Desert, a small section of the Gobi Desert about 350 miles (563 km) west of Beijing. Visitors sliding down 110-meter-high, 45-degree sand hills, cause the "singing sands" to produce a roaring or booming sound, a natural phenomenon still not fully understood. The hotel is part of a larger tourist resort built in the desert in recent years. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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戈壁沙漠

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The Desert Lotus Hotel, among the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, seen via Google Earth. The looped lines at left are train tracks for a small tourist ride. (© DigitalGlobe / Google, Inc.)

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The architects use traditional Chinese idea of “Zhen”, which is, in simple words, the art of repetition of the same elements. Square white tent tops, rotated 45 degrees are connected together in a circular formation. The rotation of the squares in the same angle generates triangles. In consideration of the structure, shading, and wind, the architects integrated the function, form and landscape, resulting in a form of a lotus flower. The hotel aims to be an example of sustainable tourism in the desert, through networks that generate electricity and water in their own self-sufficient system for the provision and operation of the building.

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Tourists ride an open-top vehicle past the Desert Lotus Hotel, on July 17, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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The winters in Inner Mongolia are long, cold, and dry with frequent blizzards. But the spring, summer, and autumn are polar opposites to the winter, they are short, hot and arid, a time known for dangerous sandstorms. The adventure junkies who make the long trip to the stylish low carbon resort come to enjoy the mystical orange sand dunes, and the warm Hantai River, a branch of the Yellow River more than 200 kilometers wide. Stand and look into the distance here to see a vision of the colored sand hills that meet the charming glow under the sun as the breeze blows over the dunes making music.

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Tourists walk on the dunes, a power plant visible in the distance, in Ordos Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on July 17, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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A sand frog jumps, a tourist standing behind, in the Xiangshawan Desert, on July 18, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Boys play in a pool at the Xiangshawan Desert resort, on July 18, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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A model performs in Mongolia costumes after a Mongolian ritual ceremony in Xiangshawan Desert, also called Sounding Sand Desert on July 18, 2013, in Ordos of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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A model performs in Mongolian-themed costume, near a swimming pool at the Xiangshawan Desert resort, on July 18, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Feng Li / Getty Images - http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/08/a-lotus-in-the-desert-chinas-xiangshawan-resort/100575/ A model in Mongolian-themed costume prepares for a show, offstage at the Xiangshawan Desert resort, on July 18, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images) #

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Tourists on a bus tour bus pass resort buildings in the Xiangshawan Desert, on July 19, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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/ Dancers in traditional costume perform near the Desert Lotus Hotel in Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on July 19, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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A dancer in traditional costume attends a Mongolian ritual ceremony in the Xiangshawan Desert, on July 19, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Feng Li / Getty Images - http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/08/a-lotus-in-the-desert-chinas-xiangshawan-resort/100575/ A model in Mongolian-themed costume prepares backstage after a Mongolian ritual ceremony at the Xiangshawan Resort, on July 19, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Tourists play in a pool at the Xiangshawan Desert resort, on July 20, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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/ Dancers prepare at the Xiang shawan Desert resort, on July 20, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #

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/ / Dancers perform yoga in the Xiangshawan Desert, in Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on July 20, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images) #

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Camels walk on the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, on July 20, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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/ Camels walk on the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, on July 20, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Visitors run on the Xiangshawan Desert dunes, which can trigger the "singing sands" to produce a roaring or booming sound, a natural phenomenon still not fully understood, on July 21, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Acrobats perform in the Xiangshawan Desert resort, on July 21, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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/ Toursits visit the open space of the Xiangshawan Desert, on July 21, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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/ Dancers perform on the dunes near the Desert Lotus Hotel in Ordos, on July 21, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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/ Dancers perform near camels, on the dunes near the Desert Lotus Hotel in Ordos, on July 21, 2013. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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Feng Li / Getty Images - http://www.theage.com.au/photogallery/travel/the-mysterious-spectacular-sounding-sands-desert-20130731-2qyhx.html

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/ Models in Mongolian costume prepare for a show, backstage at the Xiangshawan Desert resort, on July 21, 2013.(Feng Li/Getty Images)

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戈壁沙漠

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Pictures and articles from: Internet PPS By: Oei Hui Kiat, Singapore. Date completed: Mon. 9 Dec. 2013. Music: 我有一段情 A magnificent desert hotel

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