Travelogue: A desert surrounded by water and greenery, Ningxia's reverse oasis - Shahu
By Megan Zhang, Liu Zhenshuo
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Can you imagine seeing running water in the middle of the desolate desert? Believe it or not, that's exactly what you will find at Shahu (Sand Lake Scenic Resort), a forsaken paradise located just 35 miles north of Ningxia's capital city of Yinchuan.

A bird's-eye view of Shahu, Ningxia's reverse oasis. /CGTN Photo

A bird's-eye view of Shahu, Ningxia's reverse oasis. /CGTN Photo

There's no denying of feeling quite like riding a motorboat around that sand lake, feeling the cool breeze on your face and watching the desert scenery whip past. Skimming through seemingly impenetrable jade-like walls of verdant reeds, we're reminded of the lush greenery and bright sunshine for which southern China is famous — only in this humid atmosphere can these reeds flourish. The clear sky, green lake water, rolling sand dunes, and the merry singing of the birds come together to paint a pure and peaceful picture.

Visitors can take a boat to reach those wild birds. /CGTN Photo

Visitors can take a boat to reach those wild birds. /CGTN Photo

Every year during spring and autumn, this region transforms into a bird-watching paradise, as millions of migratory birds settle right here in the Sand Lake Scenic Resort. As the local guide told us, more than one million birds representing 198 species call this resort "home sweet home." And thanks to the Bird-watching Tower, which is equipped with the best telescope available, hundreds of tourists from China and abroad flock here to admire these feathered friends.

A black swan from Australia leisurely paddles and enjoys its lazy afternoon. /CGTN Photo

A black swan from Australia leisurely paddles and enjoys its lazy afternoon. /CGTN Photo

Come join us for this enchanting trip to Shahu, where you'll be surrounded by a charming oasis of breathtaking flora and fauna — which you would never imagine you might find in this most unimaginable of places in north China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Explore Ningxia with Tianran He, host of Travelogue on CGTN. The show broadcasts on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays 2:00 a.m. and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. (Beijing Time).

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