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Hiking photos - Tengger Desert Trip, 2012/06

In June we made a visit to the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia, venturing deep into the desert on a trip that had us travelling by foot, jeep, and camel!

As well as experiencing life in the desert, we had a look at other things of interest in the area, including some Han Dynasty Great Wall (206 BC-221 AD) and the Western Xia Imperial Tombs.

the folk museum, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

We visited the folk museum in the city of Bayanhote, which had exhibits on local history and culture. This display on the local lifestyle shows how traditional weaving was done on a loom.

ethnic Mongolians, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

This exhibit at the museum shows ethnic Mongolians in traditional clothing churning butter and raising their flocks.

some masks, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

This display shows some masks that are worn by the Mongolians at certain times of year or for special events. The one on the left is an example of the influence of Tibetan Buddhism on the Mongols' belief system.

Group photo, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Group photo in the desert.

a dune's narrow ridgeline, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

The group hikes along the narrow ridge of a dune.

jeep rides, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

The four-day excursion included jeep rides in the desert, hikes, and camel rides.

Mongolian drivers, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

The skilled Mongolian drivers were able to maneuver the jeeps anywhere and everywhere in the desert!

Lizards, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

We spotted a small lizard sunning itself.

flocks of goats, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Many of the desert-dwellers base themselves at an oasis and raise large flocks of goats.

Our campsite, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Our campsite near the welcome greenery of an oasis.

Action shot!, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Action shot!

sand dunes, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

In the heart of the desert, sand dunes stretched as far as the eye could see, with no sign of civilization.

beautiful views, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

The hard work of slogging up to the top of a dune in deep sand was rewarded by beautiful views.

Running down, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Running down was a lot easier than the climb up!

a refreshing break, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

The group enjoys fruit for a refreshing break in the desert.

A local's home, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

A small house by one of the desert lakes.

a beautiful backdrop, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

The dunes make a beautiful backdrop against a clear blue sky.

A bird, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

A bird soars overhead. Many species of birds are attracted to the lakes in the region, making the area one of interest to bird watchers.

3-4 days, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

We climbed up on to the tallest nearby dune to watch the sunset.

sunrise, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

A beautiful sunset silhouettes the sand dunes below.

the hikes, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Most of the hikes would be quite easy on firm ground, but hiking on sand is a bit tougher.

on the ridge tops, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

During these desert hikes, we tended to stay on the ridge tops, as they afforded the best views.

camels, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

We even got to ride camels for an hour.

Jump for joy, Beijing Hikers TenggerDesert Trip, June, 2012

Jump for joy! Enjoying an exhilarating visit to the desert.

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