Monday, January 16, 2017

Ride Camels At The Gobi Desert

Mingsha Sand Mountains - Dunhuang

We had the best experience in our lives!
We both rode big furry camels across a real desert in China!




We saved money by taking a bus from the downtown of Dunhuang
to the Mingsha Sand Mountains. My brilliant wife always led me
all the way as she is my navigator with a compass in her head.




Here she practiced riding a toy camel first.
Vistors can explore the sand dunes by camel, electric car, 
quad bike or by foot.





There are hundreds of camels with cute heads and pretty eye lashes.
In Winter, they were much relaxed with the very little tourist arrivals,
hence the camels had no duty to carry the tourists for many days.
During the peak summer period, thousands of tourists would visit and
the poor camels had to make over 20 trips each to ferry the tourists
daily across the very hot desert.




Riding a camel on this desert is a great experience.
The sun was shining very brightly yet it was very cold!






We could enjoy the beautiful wavy shapes of the smooth 
yellow dunes against the beautiful blue skies.




It was just like traveling the ancient Silk Road.
When the wind blows, you can hear the desert sand
singing! Scientists today are still baffled.





I was more adventurous and took out my selfie stick.
I took many shots in all angles until
the camel's jockey cautioned me not to frighten
the camels with my crazy feat with one hand holding
onto my camel.




Do I look gaya & stylo?



One for the family album. Myself, my wife and 2 camels.




Yeeehaaaw! Hope you enjoyed my camel rides.




Crescent Moon Spring





We walked to this Crescent Moon Spring which is an oasis with a lake
at the foot of Mingsha Mountains desert. It was built by the
Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty(206 BC-9 AD).





My name in "An-Jing".
There so many small dogs all over Dunhuang. They are
very cute and obedient to follow us around.




This is the crescent shaped lake in the oasis.
The inscriptions on the stone slab read 
"Wowa Pond of the Han Dynasty(206 BC-220)". 
 Today this legendary lake is called Crescent Moon Springs.





There are many halls to the shrines.






My wifey posing with the little dog.



An ancient statue of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin
with rays of heavenly sunlight.




The ancient Pagoda tower in the complex.



A picturesque sight of the desert sands right behind
the ancient buildings.


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38 comments:

  1. Wah, you and your wife rode on the special two humps camels just found in the Gobi desert unlike the normal one hump camels. Can you both smell the camels in the cold weather?

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    1. This is a good question. The weather was near 0 degrees C so I really didn't smell anything. I am sure the camels would smell during the hot summers. Do they smell bad?

      I also learnt from you that camels have 1 or 2 humps. I had to google and learn some facts here. Thank you!

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    2. Have to ask Irvine if camels smell in hot weather or not. I would not know because I have not been near a real camel before. I think in very cold weather, our noses are nearly frozen so wont be able to smell much.

      You are welcome! I am also learning a lot from your wide travels to exotic places around the world.

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  2. How exciting, riding on camels. Like Mun, I also wonder if they smell. This reminds me of riding on an elephant by the name of Mina when I was a child :)

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    1. I just replied Mun that they didn't smell in the cold winter. I walked around the many camels which were all seated in the ground. I even saw their poop! No smell.
      I find that riding camel is interesting and different from horse & elephant. The camels sway a lot due to the soft desert sands.

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  3. The views are so spectacular! I wish to ride on a camel at a desert one day. Did you get to sample some camel meat? Hehe

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    1. Yes I was too happy for words to see the view! You make tons of money from blogging and should splurge on travels to ride camels lah.
      Oh no, I would never dare to eat camels. So sayang and kesian. I also saw many donkey meat restaurants there but I avoided them.

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  4. Hi! Nice trip! You look like a prince and a princess. I think this journey is one of the best ones. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. LOL. We really felt like some Royal Prince and Princess riding the Silk Road to do trading. The experience was wonderful to walk and feel the desert sand.

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  5. OMG, what an adventure! I had ridden on one ages ago but that was in the city. Lol! I wanna join you guys in the desert too! xoxo

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    1. There is nothing you have not tried before. What a lucky lady!

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  6. Good evening TM... The weather is so hot today... Sweating away now...

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    1. Good Evening Queen of Zumba.

      It is raining heavily now.

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  7. U will laugh when i tell you this, when i saw you post the an jing in FB, at first, it didn't dawned on me that you are referring to the malay word an jing for dog, i thought you are calling the dog to quiet as an jing in mandarin is quiet...

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    1. Yes I remembered this as you confused me at first. I actually knew the meaning of An-Jing in Mandarin and felt that it suited all their obedient small dogs. They were so cute to follow everyone and they would stop to sit and gaze at you.

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  8. Though I had the opportunity to ride one, I did not. It reminded me of my experience on top of an elephant so I chickened out. Great photos for me to think and plan ahead of time. I was just thinking why I stopped visiting China and then this post. One day, will go back and see the beauty of my fatherland.

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    1. China is still the cheapest country to travel and visit with the most interesting historical buildings besides their abundant mother nature's beauty that would captivate your eyes! Go Jonathan Go! Pai Jonathan Pai! 5555

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  9. The last photo is amazing! I've seen many in movies but not a real one, would love to visit some day. But again, the weather is so cold and dry, my last experience with desert was not that good either

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    1. Oh which desert did you visit? My first sight of desert was in Southern California, on our way to the many Canyons in Arizona. So beautiful. This China trip was my first experience to walk and feel the actual desert sands.

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  10. The sand dunes are encroaching into the compound. Will it be overwhelmed?

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    1. The camel jockey told us that he lived near the desert all his life and the whole desert never shifted or envelope the surroundings. I guess the wind needs to be strong like typhoon or tornado to lift up the sand elsewhere. Ask Derek bring you there to ride real camels. You are not his camel ok. LOL

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  11. The sand dunes look spectacular. How long was your camel ride? Did your butt hurt after that?....hehe! ;D

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    1. The whole sand dunes looked so beautiful and unique for us. My butt didn't hurt as we took the shortest ride that lasted less than one hour. The cushions on the soft back of the furry camels added more comfort to sit.

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  12. Yes, cowboy, I certainly enjoyed your camel rides! hahaha.. yeah, kind of risky gua cos you held with one hand and the other on the camera... very daring ah!

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    1. I am a risk taker in real life so I would dare myself to do anything. Ha ha!
      My next ride would be on the rodeo horses in Dallas! Yeee Haawww!

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  13. Yea, I enjoy looking at these photos, must be fun riding on camel!
    This kinda weather can easily get sunburn also one so must put on a lot of sunscreen!

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    1. You are so correct! It was really burning hot in the cold temperature! So confusing but we smeared enough creams to protect ourselves.

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  14. what an exotic experience! I'll try to find another place where I can ride a camel...

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    1. You can go to the children's play land to ride camels.

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  15. the camels are so adorable and cute! u very daring to put up a selfie stick while riding on camels....yea, u look very stylo!

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    1. I agree the camels are very cute when you stand next to them. They would smile and blink their long eye lashes like cartoon! It really tickled my ribs.

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  16. Love that gaya pic of yours. Very nicely taken at that angle. Those camels so obedient to sit there like that for a photo session.

    I've rode on a camel before (without the desert) at Bukit Gambang Resort. It was a scary experience as the camels sway from side to side and being so high above the ground, I got scared but my boys love it lots. LoL!

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  17. can camels run quite fast? (as horses do.) that pagoda is gooorgeous! :D

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    1. The camels could walk fast when the jockey asked them to. I have seen TV showing the camel races in the Saudi Arabian deserts where the rich Arab sheikhs would cheer them. They ran quite fast but horses are much faster. We only heard of Horse-Power and not Camel-Power. LOL

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  18. You two are so adventurous!

    I wonder if Anay wants to try out the Gobi Desert ultramarathon next? 250km running. :P

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    1. I am nothing when compared with your life with non stop running & adventures. Age is catching up.

      Are you going for this Gobi Desert Ultramarathon? I think I would die in the desert and ride the camels back. Muahahahaahaa

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  19. So furry the camels, cute :P But I heard that they like to spit, don't they? Or have you seen it during your rides?

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  20. If got change I want to ride on the camels too.

    Gayalah that photo. Very "yau yeng"

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