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In order to be ready for the "China Olympics" total solar eclipse on Friday August 1st, 2008, a scouting trip in China and Mongolia was mandatory during the summer 2006. A recce in the Altai Republic, a Russian Federation autonomous region well known for its Altai Mountains and belonging to UNESCO World Heritage, has already taken place in August 2004. This new scouting trip in the Chinese Gobi along the "Silk Road" in the Xinjiang Uighur province and Western Mongolia had for main goal to get the best weather on all the eclipse path. The Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area was established in 1976 and was included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 1990 as one of the largest biosphere reserves in the world (5.3 million hectares).
The Xinjiang and Gansu chinese provinces close to Mongolia offers some of the more promising weather prospects while still having a good duration (totality phase between 2 min 08 sec and 1 min 50 sec). The prospect for clear sky in this region during the eclipse is over 70%. Moreover, the low Sun altitude presents a great opportunity to capture the eclipse with our surroundings and foreground subjects using wide-angle lenses.

To book these tours (detailed itineraries & prices) or for more information please contact us (limited space available). "A la carte" side trips can be proposed. An example is the visit to the 7,546 meters high impressive Muztagh Ata peak base camp and then some mountaineering for the most adventurous.

You can use this solar eclipse calculator to compute the local circumstances of the eclipse, and the solar eclipse timer notifies the beginning of the various events. A time exposure calculator is there to help you choose your camera settings.


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View West Nomin Gobi Viewing Site
View to the West
from the Nomin Gobi viewing site

View Mongolian Border
View towards the Mongolian border


Saysu Wilderness Protected Area
Saysu Wilderness Protected Area


First Quarter Moon Nomin Gobi
First quarter Moon in the Nomin Gobi


Arrival Santanghu
Arrival in Santanghu


Track Santanghu Laoyemiao
Track from Santanghu to Laoyemiao


Track Sanchakou Laoyemiao
Tracks to Sanchakou and Laoyemiao


Eclipse City China Loyemo Gobi Eclipse Viewing Site
2008 August 1st Eclipse site
("Eclipse-City" Loyemo Gobi in China)

View West Loyemo Gobi Viewing Site
View to the West
from the Loyemo Gobi viewing site

View Border Mongolia
View towards the border
with Mongolia

Laoyemiao Border Post
Laoyemiao border post


Track Laoyemiao Santanghu
Track from Laoyemiao to Santanghu


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