Gobi Desert, Inner Mongolia, China


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March 27th 2013
Published: March 27th 2013
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At the Badain Jaren DesertAt the Badain Jaren DesertAt the Badain Jaren Desert

I hope this picture entices your curiosity
In October 2012, Becky and I landed in Ningxia Autonomous Region and traveled to Zuoqi, Inner Mongolia to find the Gobi Desert. The area is absolutely superb with rocky deserts, isolated temples, sand dunes, salty lakes, camels, sheep everywhere (amazing meat for every meal!). We then rode a bus for 15 hours north to Ejina Qi, at the border with Mongolia to hike around a desert of poplar trees. In the Fall colors were dazzling! Herds of tourists had invaded the area (national holidays) but it didn't prevent us from finding quiet places off the beaten path. We also reached Youqi and got a 4-wheel drive for a couple of days to explore the spectacular Badain Jaran Desert: one of the most amazing places I have ever seen in my life. The desert allows me to use all my favorite English words to describe it: stunning, picturesque, peaceful, stupendous, spectacular, impressive, out of this world! We climbed what apparently are the highest sand dunes in the world (a tedious walk with our feet buried in sand the whole way of course) and watched the sunset in peace. It was simply magical! Finally we ended out trip at Yinchuan, Ningxia, visiting the
At Ejina Qi, not far from the border with MongoliaAt Ejina Qi, not far from the border with MongoliaAt Ejina Qi, not far from the border with Mongolia

It's quite a spectacle in the Fall
caves of Shuidonggou (Old Stone Age, prehistoric site) and Can Bin Dong Fort (700 years ago) and the Great Wall (fortifications built by the Han to defend the settler-farmers against invaders from the north). I hope you enjoy the pictures.


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Guang Zong TempleGuang Zong Temple
Guang Zong Temple

in the surroundings of Zuoqi, Inner Mongolia
Above Inner MongoliaAbove Inner Mongolia
Above Inner Mongolia

Entering the desert
Guang Zong Temple, ZuoqiGuang Zong Temple, Zuoqi
Guang Zong Temple, Zuoqi

A Tibetan Buddhism temple in Inner Mongolia
Guang Zong Temple, ZuoqiGuang Zong Temple, Zuoqi
Guang Zong Temple, Zuoqi

Beautifully remote
Guang Zong Temple, ZuoqiGuang Zong Temple, Zuoqi
Guang Zong Temple, Zuoqi

Inner Mongolia Tibetan Buddhism
Using solar energy to heat up waterUsing solar energy to heat up water
Using solar energy to heat up water

Around Zuoqi, Inner Mongolia


31st March 2013

Yes we want to follow your journey.
The path you have chosen to bike sounds fascinating. I do hope you will write more about your experiences. Can't wait for the next blog.
1st April 2013

More coming soon!
i will try to share my experience as well as more pics of China. Have you been?

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