Chinese tourists bath in desert
sands for health benefits
Web Editor:International Daily 國際日報
Every summer, tourists flock to the sand dunes in the Kumtag Desert in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to bury themselves in the sand for health benefits.It is believed that "sand therapy" protects the body from some types of diseases thanks to the combination of heat, arid conditions, the sun's rays, and minerals from the sand.The sand in the Kumtag Desert is said to be especially rich in magnetite and calcium and other trace elements which are good beneficial to health.One tourist said she spends over a week in the desert every year bathing in the sand."I come here every year for seven to nine days. We have enjoyed sand bath for more than ten years, because the Turpan has this geographical condition," she said.Another tourist said taking a sand bath is therapeutic."It's very good to health. I feel very relaxed after the bath," she said.