At last I have finally taken the time to write about Inner Mongolia. I have around 300 pictures so I couldn’t fit them all but I hope I didn’t add too many.
This post starts with Thursday the 15th of June. I was suppose to have my writing exam between 8-10. The flight left at 10:50 which means there was no way I could sit the full time and make the flight. I had however, based on my previous exam, predicted to be done in less than an hour which I was and ended up at the airport somewhere around 9:45. We flew from Beijing to somewhere in the middle of China and drove for 2 hours to a town called Zhongwei. We went out for dinner and noticed that exactly EVERYONE was staring at us. It seemed like they weren’t too used to tourists. After that we went to sleep. The next day when we went for breakfast we noticed they had no “breakfast”, only asian breakfast which is basically lunch. After that we took a car to the corner of the desert and changed to the car in the topmost picture. We thought it was to drive us straight to our camp. It didn’t. Afterwards we were told it was called something like dune surfing or whatever but what it was was basically a roller coaster. The car (which was enormous) went up and down sand dunes very fast which basically threw you around in the car like a glove. After that we were let off for lunch which was lukewarm beer and soup. We were told that we were to ride camels for 3 hours (!) and then walk back. So we mentally prepared ourself and waited. After a while the camels arrived and we started riding. No amount of mental preparation can prepare you for a camel standing up/lying down. Mine went down like it was diving for something in the sand. We started riding out into nowhere but for some reason Emil’s camel always started moving sideways. After an hour the camel driver decided that it was enough (thank god) and we started walking back. It took us almost 2 hours to walk back. We had basically no idea where we were going and our guide (not the driver) had absolutely no idea what she was doing. 3 times she sat down because she got too tired to walk and we asked her multiple times if she wanted to ride but she refused to as she “had to take care of the guests”.
When we finally got back we noticed that they had put up our tents and started cooking dinner. For dinner we basically got lukewarm beer and barbecued meat. They also gave us a kind of red hot dog that you eat on sticks in China. I ate 2. I haven’t been able to eat a sausage ever since, that’s how bad I feel every time I think of them. We decided to climb up on the dune just behind our tent and watch the sunset. It was fantastic. After that we went to bed. Emil and Ebba shared one tent while my parents shared another one and I got the last one for my self that was a bit smaller. It turned out that they all were model Chinese. I had to lie diagonally to fit and even then my head was poking one corner and my feet the other one. And there was an insane amount of flies/mosquitos. The following morning we woke up for the sunrise for some reason and then went back to bed. For breakfast we were served a kind of sweet bread (sockerkaka typ. Luckily we had brought some bars so I could at least get something to eat. After that we headed back. The guide invited us to some kind of lavender farm so we spend 2 hours there going around a golf court that wasn’t a golf court but instead a “grass park” (it is forbidden to build golf courts in China for some reason). We then continued to the airport and waited for about 7 hours there as that was the only flight we could take back.
I’m very happy that I got to try out my new lens that I bought in Japan (18-200mm), it turned out to take some great photos. Hopefully I will be able to upload my photos from Pingyao this weekend as well and then after that a normal post about this week. Cheerio!