Seen here is the landscape of dunes in the Takla Makan (Taklamakan or Taklimakan) Desert on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. China is expected to build its first desert airport in Takla Makan Desert in the next five years.
Not necessarily abandoned: But, the disappearing of the Aral Sea has left behind a desert filled with shipwrecks. The Aral Sea is located in Uzbekistan & Kazakstan ( both countries were part of the Soviet Union).
Monument to the Independence of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. Ashgabat is the capital and largest city in Turkmenistan in Central Asia. It is situated between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range.