Alxa Left Banner is situated in the western part of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In the Mongolian language, “Alxa” means “Golden Horse.” The area is vast and has complex terrain. The Helan Mountain National Nature Reserve is home to pristine forests which act as a natural ecological protective barrier for the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The Alxa people welcome visitors with great enthusiasm and their unique folk customs always leave a deep impression.
The Tengger Desert is located in the southwestern Alxa Left Banner at the central part of the border with Gansu Province. In Mongolian, "Tengger" means "infinite sky." Within the desert, there are many lakes whose original ecological condition has been preserved. Among these lakes, the two most famous are Tiane (Swan) Lake and Yueliang (Moon) Lake. The shape of Yueliang Lake is said to resemble the outline of China. It is one of the lakes of the Tengger Desert that has kept its original coastline. Tiane Lake is surrounded on all sides by the shifting sands of the vast desert. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Swan Lake and its sister—Moon Lake—each has her own unique charm yet they also complement each other.
Tennger Desert's Swan Lake is located in the southwestern part of Gunur Sum, Alxa Left Banner (Bayanhot Town) in Inner Mongolia Automonomous Region's Alxa League. The lake is long in shape and the shore covered with senjhor trees. The lake is clear and the waters are vast. Near the lake, there is a black mud area and a yurt area both of which are covered with horsegrass (Iris ensata). The lake is surrounded by vast deserts with magnificent undulating sand dunes. Swan Lake and its sister—Moon Lake—each has her own unique charm yet they also complement each other.
Tengger Desert Moon Lake is located within Alxa Left Banner of Alxa League in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It is called "Moon Lake" and "China Lake" by locals because it looks like a curved moon when seen from the west, and when seen from the east dune, it looks like a map of China. The surrounding of the lake is very beautiful, and is a great place to explore the desert. Visitors can take an off-road vehicle into the heart of the desert and explore the scenic area. They can also ride a camel or participate in camping and BBQ. It will be an interesting experience!