The “Ghost Town” or “Ghost City” in the desert is situated in Wuerhe, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from Karamay city, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and takes an area of 100,000 sq meters (10 hectares).
Being one of the few typical wind erosion physiognomies in the world, the Ghost Town has become a famous tourist area for its unique landform and the howling wind.
In ancient times, there was no road linking the area to the outside world and there were no habitations in the surrounding area. When great winds or sand storms rose, they roared through the town like howling ghosts with sand and dust blocking out the sky.
The Ghost Town was once a freshwater lake in the Cretaceous Period 120 million years ago. Back then, the lake was vast, the climate was mild. It is a paradise for the dinosaur family as the fossils of “Kelmayisaurus”, “Wuerhosaurus” and “Dsungaripterus” were found here.
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