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This is part 3 of my
Inner Mongolia trip ~
The third day was most probably my favorite day !
Even though things like traffic jams and wasting time in the bus like forever didn’t get any better
( NO – actually it got even worse . . . )
I was really really happy :D
After all it was my first time seeing a desert in real life .
You think it’s boring ? So did I at first haha ~
But the sun was so nice and we got to do some fun activities !
This was sooo much nicer than riding horses ~
And they look so much friendlier than horses ( to me :P ) !
Damn it – no photo of that even though that was probably my TOP favorite activity of the entire tour .
TOTALLY MADE MY DAY ! ! !
3rd activity : sliding down a dune
That looked so much more fun than it actually was .
It was super slow and looking up from the bottom the dune seems not as high as thought :P
Cloudy was somehow really fond of the shovel she found lying around at the bottom of the dune .
And wanted to build a sandcastle .
I guess the amount of sand strongly recalls old memories of being a little kid in a huge ( vast ) sandbox :D Or maybe it’s just our inner little child who wants to play around from time to time haha ~
I miss u guys !
After that we had lunch at another restaurant .
And here comes the next strange thing about this whole trip :
( Skip to next photo if you are not interested in more details :P )
The tour guide told us that we were not able to go to the Dschinghis Khan Mausoleum because we are far behind our time schedule . He told us that by the time we had lunch we should already have arrived at the Mausoleum .
What’s this . . . fishy smell here ?
SRSLY WTFH .
We were totally on time when we departed from the hotel in Baotou .
We got to the desert without much ado . Actually it was no problem at all !
In the desert we just quickly went from activity to activity .
NOW he was telling us that we were 1.5 – 2 hours behind our time schedule ? ? ?
He told us that it would be better to directly head to Hohhot so that we would arrive there by normal dinner time . 5 hours bus drive .
If we were to head to the memorial first it would take 2 hours ( or at least 1.5 h ) and maybe we wouldn’t even be able to access it because they don’t let people inside anymore and close once it starts to get dark .
Looking at some internet sources we knew it would get dark starting 5.30pm .
The time he told as and we had lunch was about 3pm .
So he actually tried to persuade us , that it would be for nothing if we head there .
He wanted to hand us back 100 RMB .
But srsly . The Dschinghis Khan Memorial is one of the MOST IMPORTANT sights in Mongolia .
I am not that much educated in history especially asian history but I do now the importance of Dschinghis Khan dude .
You tell us to pass on this ?
After A LOT of thinking and talking and not being sure and having to decide by poll . . . we actually went to the memorial !
I think it was definitely worth it !
After an 1.5h bus drive ( I think the bus driver speeded up a little ) we arrived at the memorial and the sun was still up !
Race against time won haha ~
We got off the bus and explored the whole area by ourselves – like always :D
Looking at this photo and comparing it my perception of the Mausoleum when standing in front of it . . . I feel like there’s no way of showing you what I felt .
I can only tell you that the whole atmosphere of this vast open and actually high up space ( 99 holy steps + more ) was great !
I like monumental architecture like this – it’s terrifying and makes the individual human being appear soooo small and yet . . . it’s some individual humans who leave behind significant footsteps who are honored like this .
To remember them forever .
Leaving behind something to remember is what I think is so great about architecture and which is why architecture is not only about being a shelter !
After this we got ready to leave for Hohhot – the capital of Inner Mongolia .
After arriving I can tell you – in enormous contrast to the rest of Mongolia ( except Baotou ) . . . this city appeared so Chinese to me haha ~
Felt like being somewhere similar to Beijing rlly .
But before we even got to see the sight of the streets of Hohhot . . .
We ended up in a HUGE traffic jam .
And also caused a HUGE traffic jam .
The photo above was obviously taken the next day when we left Hohhot ( after seeing actually nothing of the city but this the streets from inside the bus ) .
Before we could sleep in the not-so-lovely beds of a little run-down hotel in Hohhot we caused a huge traffic jam . It was midnight and we still had 1 hour to go but a transport car from the opposite lanes drive into the side-planks and also took a huge pole with him .
This pole fell right in front of our bus .
Good and bad news for us !
The good news were – thanks to the bus drivers reaction of braking . Otherwise it could have been far worse .
The bad news were – we needed to wait for a looong time to continue our journey :D
How I love waiting . After all only the bus was damaged so I should have been happy .
But how could have possibly been grateful in this situation after all of this ???
NO WAY in hell . Not when we arrived at about 2 or 3am at our hotel .
I still feel kind of angry writing all of this .
So much to complain about but I guess –
YES – I did have some nice memories of this trip . . .
it just wasn’t worth the money and it’s not even worth complaining about that misery but I guess the good memories should be hold onto even more to forget about the bad things more easily :3
I reeeeally liked the Wudong Temple and the Gobi Desert and the Dschinghis Khan Mausoleum ~
Well that’s it !
I will try hard to push myself to blog again very soon !
There’s too much to show you actually I don’t even know where to start atm x.x
I super rarely use the panorama function of my iPhone but when I do . . . most of the time the photos come out shitty . Haha XD
But recently I got the hang of it I guess :D
|photo taken from a high up spot with best view of the scenery|
The temple at the Yinshan mountain nearby Baotou ( where we also had a hotel stay at ) looks so peaceful and harmonious due to its quite remote location .
The architecture was also quite interesting – they said it was Tibetian architecture ( I am not sure which style that is ) .
Next on the schedule : a Chinese restaurant like any other . Or at least so we thought haha ~But before I forget it – did I mention the great infrastructure at some spots in China ?
Stopping to get out the bus and trying to get the bus pass this stop did have something good ( always try to search for a positive thing :DDD ) -> breathing some fresh air before being stuck in the bad-air-conditioned bus for another 2-3 hours again and having something more to talk about haha ~
WOW – in just four days and being 80-90 percent of the time of the trip ( including sleeping time ) on the bus . . . somehow a lot of incidents piled up . Just WOW haha ~
Photo of the food :
Nothing special . Or to be precise – pretty much the cheapest dishes you could make .
I don’t complain .
This way we made up for having tons n tons of snacks in the bus ( while being stuck on there and getting bored – snacking is a nice thing to do haha ) :D
What the restaurant made it so special ? Well at least to us – we may never forget the show they presented haha ~
Actually they had a wedding party but I have never attended a chinese wedding like this . It was shitty as hell .
Sorry not sorry .
No comment . I have nothing against older people doing this stuff . I have some kind of HUGE problem their getups and that glittery sparkly stuff that’s like at least thousand times exaggerated . Why Chinese people WHY ? Tell me why so many of you don’t think of this as simply TOO MUCH .
This kind of portrays the general taste of the Chinese .
Which is why I find it super hard to get some clothes that I like .
After this dinner we had a long long trip to a hotel in Hohhot .
Being stuck in a traffic jam was just one rather long but boring part of the trip .
Needless to say something more interesting occurred – I could have skipped on that one too :
we had a car accident . No one got injured but the bus was damaged . After waiting for the police and wasting more of our precious time we could have spent sleeping in an actual bed at a hotel we continued our journey . YES . DESPITE the bus being damaged . Y ? Chinese .
Did I mention how they tried to repair the clothes washer ?
It had a pretty obvious leak in the pipes at the back of the machine – the pipe that pumps the dirty water from the machine . It could be so simply and done without further ado . NO . Using the most likely cheapest duct tape might do the job all the same . At moments like these I wish I would be better at speaking Chinese . . . I would have told them how stupid that was and how I would do a better job than them . Even if I really were only using a duct tape .
U know the way you use a duct tape to connect two pipes can vary BIG TIME .
Just saying that things are like this in general for me :D
More interesting things coming up there !
Awesome as FUCK . Literally .
This trip showed me some sides of China that I would have gladly skipped on haha . . .
Even now when remembering it to tell you . . . I get a headache . . .To sum it up :
I noticed how many photos I wanna show you and how much I wanna tell you . . . XD
The whole trip was 4 days long stopping by in Baotou and Hohhot which is the capital of the autonomous region Inner Mongolia .
Did you know there is an Inner Mongolia that belongs to China ( but autonomous ) and a Mongolia that is completely independant ? Now you know haha ~Anyway – most of the time of the trip we spent on the bus waiting to arrive at the next sight or at the hotel .
But sometimes we passed some lovely refreshing sceneries . If I also happened to be awake at those moments I took some photos .
But the bus trip was soooooo boring and more like a torture than anything else so I tried to sleep to let time pass more quickly for me haha ~
See how perfectly rowed up they are ? BTW – the tents are on the left and right side of that bigger buidling in the middle .
Yes – horse riding .
Now that was a weird way of saying that I was actually REALLY scared .
Somehow ever since 4th grade I never touched a horse again or got near any horse . At that time we went to a school trip for five days and rode horses everyday . But my horse was the wildest one and just couldn’t stay still . I only felt secure with the lecturer leading my horse but I was scared all the time .
I was scared . Damn scared . I tried hard not to show though but I guess I’m no good at that x.x
Complete opposite of me I guess :D
I tried to take some decent photos of the beautiful wide and open landscape .
And die a truly cruel death .
|Geon was also happy I guess hehe|
I love speed haha ~
Geon had a hard time having to forgo having meat for both lunch and dinner haha ~
Which is why snacks like these were really reaaaally essential during our trip !
I actually finished writing the 2nd and 3rd part before this part haha ~
Why ? Because they are more interesting after all !I will post the next part in short time !
Look forward to it ~
|Lychee-Prawn – anything fried tastes good haha :D This is one example of unhealthy food here . . . which is too good to pass on .|
|Some steamed Baozi-like dumplings with lots of meat inside – not my favorite but it was really juicy and fresh ~|
|What kind of looks like vegetables ( beans ) which are too dry or cooked for too long is actually a very yummy and tasteful side dish !|
|This is some kind of fish with some sorts of vegetables on top . I didn’t bother trying only a little – it was not too much of my liking :P|
|Shanghai steamed dumplings , I guess ? These were better than the other ones !|
|Sichuanstyle peanut sauce noodle – SUPER SPICY but SUUUPER YUMMY omg . . .|
|These are Baozi with a lot of meat filling – compared to others I think the bread was way too dry and not soft at all . I actually don’t recommend them . Go buy them fresh on the street haha ! It’s just 2-3 yuan each most of the time ~|
This is one of the best yoghurt I ever had in my life .
No joking .
Beijing has so good yoghurt which they sell everywhere on the streets ! For drinking and for eating !
It’s some kind of tradition that’s been passed down to these days haha ~