November 23, 2003

Tags: China, Inner Mongolia, Travel

Under the deep blue Mongolian sky

I read that in Mongolia has deep blue skies. It is true. It was an intense blue. I crossed the inter-province border from Ningxia to go to a little Mongolian town called Bayan Hot.

Deep blue skies in Inner Mongolia. This is Yanfu Si, A Mongolian temple in Bayan Hot. Bayan Hot It is quiet here. I met a kindly old monk inside the prayer hall.

Bayan Hot

I saw a mother and a daughter perform a ceremony here.

Bayan Hot

They were filling up small cups of Mao Tai (Chinese vodka) and pouring it over this elephant. They offered me a cup too. Lucky elephant!

Bayan Hot The prayer wheel

Bayan Hot Some frescos

Bayan Hot Driving across the Tengger Desert.

Bayan Hot A Mongolian shepherd

You can see the crumbling sections of the great wall running through the desert.

Bayan Hot

The wall forms the boundary between Ningxia and Nei Mongolia.

Bayan Hot

Crossing the Helan Shan Mountains.

Bayan Hot

One common character that I find in sparsely populated places is how kind and helpful the people are. They are always willing to give you a lift, share their food, and drink, and often invite you to stay over at their place.

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