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Special Trip Photos - Alashan Desert, May 1-4, 2010

In May 2010 we travelled out to the Alashan region of the Gobi Desert on a four day trip through the desert. As well as exploring the dunes and seas of sand, we visited desert lakes and oases, rode camels, visited the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, and hiked in the Helan Mountains.

Below is a selection of Huijie's photos from the trip.

Western Xia Imperial Tombs, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

The pyramid-shaped tombs of the Western Xia Imperial Tombs.

Western Xia Imperial Tombs, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Tiles on the ground at the tomb complex.

Hiking group, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

The hiking group, preparing to enter the desert!

Sand dunes, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

We walked through and over the dunes.

Running down sand dunes, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

And raced down them!

Dunes, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Ready, set ... go?!

Sliding down the dune, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Sliding down the dunes worked as well, sort of!

Sand, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

We continued on foot.

Photo op, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Stopping for a photo.

Dunes and lake, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

We walked across the sand, and stopped for lunch at Swan Lake, visible in the background of this photo.

Hiking group on a dune, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

The hiking group taking a break on a dune.

Cow by the lake, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

We walked around Swan Lake, heading for our lunchtime picnic spot.

Picnic at Swan Lake, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Picnic time, on the edge of Swan Lake.

Jeep, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

We travelled by jeep some of the time, and some of the time the jeeps got stuck!

Lizard, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

A colourful lizard.

Tents, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Near the end of the first day in the desert we set up camp.

Camping in the sand dunes, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

We camped in the sand dunes.

Camp fire, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

In the evening we enjoyed a bonfire.

Cows, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

The cows by the lake belonged to the locals from a nearby desert settlement.

Camels, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

As well as walking in the desert, we rode camels.

Camels, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Ready to head off.

Camels on the dunes, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

Crossing the dunes by camel.

Guangzong Temple, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

On the last day of the trip, we visited Guangzong Temple, in the Helan Mountains.

, Beijing Hikers Alashan Desert Trip, May 1-4, 2010

The front of Guangzong Temple.

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