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Special Trip Photos - Tengger Desert, July 2010

The Tengger region of the Alashan Plateau is located in the south-west section of the huge Gobi Desert. To get there we flew to Yinchuan in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and then drove over the border into Inner Mongolia.

On this trip we tried out a different desert route to our last hike in the area, adding extra desert hiking, and avoiding the areas where we saw a lot of tourists last time.

Below you'll find a selection of Huijie's photos, plus a few shots from our hikers.

Group shot, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

The hiking group enters the desert.

Resting, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Relaxing in the dunes.

Sun going down in the desert, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Late afternoon, by one of the desert lakes.

Dunes, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Close to sunset.

Sunset in the desert, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Sunset on the first night.

Bikes in the dunes, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Dennis woke up early and got this good shot of dunes and clouds.

Sand blowing, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Some days the wind was up, and we could see the how the dunes move through the desert as sand is blown.

Lunch, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Kathleen took this shot of people attacking lunch in a yurt.

Camels, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

We spotted a herd of camels.

Camel in lake, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

A camel cooling down in a desert lake.

Footprints in the sand, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Footprints in the sand.

Trees in the desert, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Trees came into view as we walked through the desert.

Trees in the desert, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

A nice shady spot for a lunch break.

Grass, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Livestock were farmed in the greener areas of the desert.

Dunes, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Desert as far as the eye can see.

Mosquito bite, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

A mosquito got stuck into Vernon.

Jeep rescue, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Megan took this shot of a jeep that got stuck.

Life in the desert, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Life sprouts in the desert!

Desert, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Desert dunes and blue sky.

Campsite, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

Dennis took this photo of one of our campsites.

Dinner, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

After coming out of the desert, we headed back to our hotel in Bayanhot for a good meal (and a good wash!).

Western Xia Tombs, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

On the last day of the trip we did some sightseeing, visiting the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, built some time between 1038 and 1227 A.D.

Old Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Tengger Desert Trip, July 24-27, 2010

We also stopped at the Sanguankou pass to have a look at some old Great Wall.

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