Gobi desert is the semi-desert region of central Asia and also the fifth largest desert on Earth spanning across China and Mongolia. It is covered mostly in bare rock instead of sand like others due to the high winds whipping across the plateau.
Hot summers (i.e. can rise up to 122 degrees F in July) and cold winters (i.e. can drop to -40 degrees F in January) are the distinct weather here.
The Saxaul tree, wild onions, Saltwort, desert grass and shrubbery are its dominant floras and this place is also a home of snow leopards, marbled polecats, Bactrian camels, black-tailed gazelles, sand plovers and brown bears.
Despite the significant severe conditions, it has been a home of many people, animals and plants for more than 2,000 years. Many cities in this desert used to be the rest stops of traders while traveling on the Silk Road between Europe and China.