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.
The tires of the jeeps are deflated slightly for better traction in the dunes
Hiking along the sand dunes.
A funny-looking desert plant.
Local nomad’s house.
A lonely donkey.
A lady bug.
Taking photos as the sun sets.
Some of the hikers.
Sitting on a high dune watching the sun go down.
A interesting plant.
Stretched out and relaxed!
The Tengger Desert is a sand desert, with large, shifting dunes.
Another shot of the dunes.
We had dinner at local nomad’s house, deep in the desert.
Time to get on the camels!
Heading off by camel.
Riding out into the dunes
Another shot of our camel train.
Also in the area: Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) Great Wall.
Han Dynasty Great Wall was mostly made of rammed earth. The Ming Dynasty rulers sometimes built on top of it.
We visited a local museum, and had a look at the depictions of local life and traditions in days gone by.
A photo from the museum.