There’s Even a Dead Sea in China!

Lake Xiechi, also known as Yuncheng Salt Lake of China’s Shanxi province, has gained popularity in recent years owing to aerial images of its brilliant surface on Instagram and other social media platforms.

China now aims to transform its online success into real-world tourism. The first step is to publicize it among Chinese tourists in the area.

Recent tourist marketing on Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo and WeChat refer to Xiechi as the “Dead Sea of China,” touting its beauty and healing capabilities.

A rating stands out as an indicator of the lake’s highest degree of approval: Lake Xiechi was featured in a Chinese television program commemorating the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary in 2019.

Carbonate, chloride, and sulfate salt lakes are the three types of salt lakes found across the world. 
Both the Dead Sea and Utah’s Great Salt Lake are chloride lakes. 
Yuncheng, on the other hand, belongs to the latter category.
Xiechi is also “locked pond” lake, meaning it does not flow into river or ocean, which explains its high salt concentration.
What about those stunning hues that attracted so many photographers to the lake? 
They have to do with the animals and plants that live in or near water.
Salt lakes may freeze, albeit not as rapidly as other lakes; after all, consider what occurs when we pour salt over frozen roadways. 
When compared to freshwater, salt water freezes at lower temperature.

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