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Tengger Desert trip, May 2016

In Brief: Photos from our Labour Day Holiday expedition into the Tengger Desert.

During the May Day holiday we headed out to Inner Mongolia for our Tengger Desert Lakes trip, visiting some local scenic locations either side of our two-day trip into the desert.

Our first day in the desert was slightly atypical, with quite a bit of rain. Not quite what you’d expect in the desert. The next day was great, though – a big blue sky, perfect for our ride on the camels.

On the way back from the desert we visited the Western Xia Dynasty Mausoleum, taking a look at the pyramid-shaped burial mounds that are pretty much all that’s left from the Western Xia – blame Genghis Khan for that.

We also stopped off for a look at some of the old Ming Dynasty Great Wall that’s found in the mountains in this area.

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We visited the Alashan Museum to take a look at the exhibits that show some of the history of the area - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We visited the Alashan Museum to take a look at the exhibits that show some of the history of the area.

A race to the top of a sand dune - Tengger Desert, May 2016

A race to the top of a sand dune.

We hiked around a lake in the desert. This one was a salt water lake, and you can see some of the salt in the photo - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We hiked around a lake in the desert. This one was a salt water lake, and you can see some of the salt in the photo.

The lakes are a popular stop for migrating birds, and we got some good photos of cranes - Tengger Desert, May 2016

The lakes are a popular stop for migrating birds, and we got some good photos of cranes.

Moving on from the lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Moving on from the lake.

We bumped into a man driving his jeep about - he was looking for his lost camels - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We bumped into a man driving his jeep about – he asked us if we'd seen his lost camels.

Hiking around the dunes near the lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Hiking around the dunes near the lake.

Run up the dune, run back down - fun! - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Run up the dune, run back down – fun!

We climbed this dune for views of the desert - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We climbed this dune for views of the desert.

Nearing the end of our hike - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Nearing the end of our hike.

Here's our jeep team - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Here's our jeep team.

We took a drive through the dunes, aiming for a small settlement by a lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We took a drive through the dunes, aiming for a small settlement by a lake.

Lots of goats by the houses - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Lots of goats by the houses.

We set up camp a short distance from the settlement and got our campfire going while we waited for dinner - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We set up camp a short distance from the settlement and got our campfire going while we waited for dinner.

An impromptu taichi session - Tengger Desert, May 2016

An impromptu taichi session.

Sunrise in the desert - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Sunrise in the desert

We woke up to blue skies -  perfect - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We woke up to blue skies - perfect.

We walked over to the nomads' house to get breakfast - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We walked over to the nomads' house to get breakfast.

Exploring near the nomads' settlement - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Exploring near the nomads' settlement.

We drove further into the desert before more hiking - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We drove further into the desert before more hiking.

Posing with the jeep - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Posing with the jeep.

With the jeeps we were able to get deep into the desert - Tengger Desert, May 2016

With the jeeps we were able to get deep into the desert.

Jeep team all parked up - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Jeep team parked up.

All the gear needed for a desert expedition - hat, sunglasses, facemaske, gaiters … and a big jeep! - Tengger Desert, May 2016

All the gear needed for a desert expedition - hat, sunglasses, facemaske, gaiters … and a big jeep!

We hiked over to another lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We hiked over to another lake.

Good spot for photos - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Good spot for photos.

We decided that we definitely needed to climb the biggest sand dune - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We decided that we definitely needed to climb the biggest sand dune.

Over the dunes in the distance is where we'd camped - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Over the dunes in the distance is where we'd camped.

Hiking around a lake. It's a lot easier to hike on the grass - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Hiking around a lake. It's a lot easier to hike on the grass.

More views of the desert - Tengger Desert, May 2016

More views of the desert.

Good idea to bring a kite - no chance of it getting stuck in powerlines out here - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Good idea to bring a kite – no chance of it getting stuck in powerlines out here.

Time for a ride on the camels - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Time for a ride on the camels.

It was a two-hour camel ride to get to Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

It was a two-hour camel ride to get to Moon Lake.

Getting ready to go - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Getting ready to go.

The camel train - Tengger Desert, May 2016

The camel train.

We rode camels from the lake in the background over to Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We rode camels from the lake in the background over to Moon Lake.

Off they go - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Off they go.

We rode for about two hours, and that was tiring. Imagine going all the way along the Silk Road on a camel - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We rode for about two hours, and that was tiring. Imagine going all the way along the Silk Road on a camel.

Getting closer to Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Getting closer to Moon Lake.

Cresting the dune - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Cresting the dune.

Camel team two - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Camel team two.

Going over the dune - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Going over the dune.

Tengger Desert, May 2016
Over another dune - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Over another dune.

Here they come - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Here they come.

Arriving at Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Arriving at Moon Lake.

Moon Lake is an eco resort, and some of the buildings can be seen beside the lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Moon Lake is an eco resort, and some of the buildings can be seen beside the lake.

The boat is coming to meet us - Tengger Desert, May 2016

The boat is coming to meet us.

The boat took us over to the main part of Moon Lake, where we had a delicious lunch - Tengger Desert, May 2016

The boat took us over to the main part of Moon Lake, where we had a delicious lunch.

Views of Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Views of Moon Lake.

The jetty at Moon Lake - Tengger Desert, May 2016

The jetty at Moon Lake.

On our way back from the desert we stopped to take a look at some Great Wall from the early Ming Dynasty - Tengger Desert, May 2016

On our way back from the desert we stopped to take a look at some Great Wall from the early Ming Dynasty.

In the same area is the border of Ningxia and Innger Mongolia - Tengger Desert, May 2016

In the same area is the border of Ningxia and Innger Mongolia. It's interesting how modern borders are often close to where we find old Great Wall. It's the same in Beijing.

The wall here is worn down, and just a little bit of the rammed earth centre is left - Tengger Desert, May 2016

The wall here is worn down, and just a little bit of the rammed earth centre is left.

Wild flowers in the rocks - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Wild flowers in the rocks.

We climbed up a small hill to see the views - Tengger Desert, May 2016

We climbed up a small hill to see the views.

Photo time - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Photo time.

Hey! - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Hey!

Walking back down from the wall - Tengger Desert, May 2016

Walking back down from the wall.

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