|Xi Xia Tombs|
Moving on, we drove through a pass in the Helan Shan, crossing into Inner Mongolia, and then on for another two hours through a landscape reminiscent of Nevada or Utah, until the road simply stopped. From here we transferred to small jeeps which careered off into the Tengger Desert. And I mean this was real desert - classic Sahara-like dunes. Whether you have to drive fast in order not to get stuck or the drivers simply get high on the thrill of it, I don't know, but the half hour trip was exhilerating, cresting 50m high dunes and coming down the other side at alarming angles. It was the closest I'll ever get to being in the Dakar Rally.
|David of the Dunes|
Following a beautiful sunset and dinner, we experienced an amazing display of lightning. There was no rain, nor even thunder, but for half an hour the desert sky was filled with lightning bolts (vertical and, oddly, horizontal) as well as more general bursts of light like God was switching a light on & off. Fantastic.