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Special trip photos - Tengger Desert trip, 2011/08/07

In August we made another visit to the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia, a 30,000 square-kilometer expanse of sand. We traveled for two days through the dunes by foot, jeep, and camel, visiting desert lakes, oases, and the tiny settlements of desert dwellers.

The desert trips are some of our most popular long-distance trips, and it’s easy to see why: we get deep into the desert, with sand as far as the eye can see.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

The tires of the jeeps are deflated slightly for better traction in the dunes

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Camels

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Hiking along the sand dunes.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

A funny-looking desert plant.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Local nomad’s house.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

A lonely donkey.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

A lady bug.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Taking photos as the sun sets.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Some of the hikers.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Sitting on a high dune watching the sun go down.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

A interesting plant.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Our campsite.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Stretched out and relaxed!

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

The Tengger Desert is a sand desert, with large, shifting dunes.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Another shot of the dunes.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

We had dinner at local nomad’s house, deep in the desert.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Time to get on the camels!

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Heading off by camel.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Riding out into the dunes

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Another shot of our camel train.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Also in the area: Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) Great Wall.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

Han Dynasty Great Wall was mostly made of rammed earth. The Ming Dynasty rulers sometimes built on top of it.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

We visited a local museum, and had a look at the depictions of local life and traditions in days gone by.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert trip, August11, 2011

A photo from the museum.

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