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Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

In Brief: See 31 photos from a trip to the Tengger Desert that included 2 nights of camping, plus hiking, camel riding, and swimming!

Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Group shot in the desert.

The Tengger Desert is one of our favourite places to go outside of Beijing. As well as being able to trek, camp, and ride camels and jeeps way into the depths of the desert, you can also get a look at the pyramid-shaped tombs of the Western Xia.

This visit was a private trip for a group of friends from Chengdu. Click through to see all the photos!

A selfie to start the trip - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

A selfie to start the trip.

We took a stroll through a Tibetan Buddhist monastery - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

We took a stroll through a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

The white stupa is a recent construction, funded by donations from a Buddhist businessman - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

The white stupa is a recent construction, funded by donations from a Buddhist businessman.

This compound belonged to the governor of the area, back in the Qing Dynasty - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

This compound belonged to the governor of the area, back in the Qing Dynasty.

The east gate of the old town of Bayanhot - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

The east gate of the old town of Bayanhot.

New buildings made to look like the old style of Chinese architecture - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

New buildings made to look like old buildings.

Into the desert! - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Into the desert!

Here’s Max, a keen photographer - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Here’s Max, a keen photographer.

Sunset in the desert - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Sunset in the desert.

Fireworks in the desert - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Fireworks in the desert.

We had a bonfire by our camp in the desert - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

We had a bonfire by our camp in the desert.

Roast mutton for lunch - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Roast mutton for lunch.

The drivers said this was the highest dune in the desert - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

The drivers said this was the highest dune in the desert.

So we had to try running down it! (Better than climbing up...) - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

So we had to try running down it! (Better than climbing up...)

Following the ridge - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Following the ridge.

Colours of the desert - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Colours of the desert.

Ready to slide down the dune - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Ready to slide down the dune.

A dune buggy - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

A dune buggy.

Archery - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Archery.

More martial arts - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

More martial arts.

Group shot using a drone - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Group shot using a drone.

We rode camels on the way out of the desert - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

We rode camels on the way out of the desert.

More BBQ mutton! - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

More BBQ mutton!

This oasis in the desert is called Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

This oasis in the desert is called Moon Lake.

Hello, camel! - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Hello, camel!

Time for a swim - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Time for a swim.

Diving in - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

Diving in.

On the way back to Yinchuan we stopped for a look at the remains of some Great Wall - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

On the way back to Yinchuan we stopped for a look at the remains of some Great Wall.

The wall here is mostly made of rammed earth - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

The wall here is mostly made of rammed earth.

The wall here marks the border of Ningxia Province and Inner Mongolia - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

The wall here marks the border of Ningxia Province and Inner Mongolia.

The Western Xia Imperial Tombs - Tengger Desert, Inner Mongolia, June 2017

The Western Xia Imperial Tombs.

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