Friday 10 October 2014

China Silk Road Travel Part 25: A Camel Ride At Echoing Sand Dunes

There were a few hundred camels waiting to take people up the sand dunes. These camels belong to different owners and they are numbered to ensure the rentals are not monopolised by a particular owner. In other words you don't get to choose the camel you want to ride on.
Among all the camels there is one that stood out as it is the fairest of them all.
I wasn't sure whether I could ride on it as the number on your ticket will determine which camel will be assigned to you. I was blessed that day as the number given to me was the number of this camel - the cutest of them all.  
That's my lovely camel.
You will have to get on or off a camel while it is sitting. When it flexes its knees to get up you will get two very strong jerks and likewise when it sits down so in order not to be thrown off you will have to hold tight to the metal loop attached to its hump.
The hike up started.
After a fairly long ride up the dune, the camels rested for half an hour.
We enjoyed the view from a higher altitude. The Echoing Sand Dune is really vast, measuring 80km long and 40km wide.
After the break, we made our descent on the same camel that took us up.

China Silk Road Tour Related Posts: 
Part 1: Overview
Part 2: Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Part 3: Hancheng Lake
Part 4: I Stayed In Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza, Xian
Part 5: Xinjiang Where The People Speaks Mandarin With A Funny Accent
Part 6: Heavenly Lake
Part 7: Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar
Part 8: Hooray! 2 Nights In Cinda Hoi Tak Hotel, Urumqi
Part 9: Glimpses Of Turpan (Xinjiang)
Part 10: Karez Well
Part 11: The Ruins Of Jiohe
Part 12: The Grape Valley Of Turpan
Part 13: Nothing Comes Free!
Part 14: Emin Minaret
Part 15: Flaming Mountain
Part 16: Tuyugou Canyon
Part 17: Mazar Village Of Tuyugou Valley
Part 18: Kumtag Desert
Part 19: Turpan Maixi Laipu Hotel Review
Part 20: Xinjiang Cuisine
Part 21: The Journey To Hami
Part 22: Hami Hotel Block 6 Photo Review
Part 23 : Glimpses Of Dunhuang (Photo Gallery)
Part 24: An Amazing Desert Experience At Echoing Sand Dunes
Part 26: An Oasis Of Flowers At Echoing Sand Dunes
Part 27: Crescent Lake
Part 28: Mogao Grottoes
Part 29: Dunhuang Fuguo Hotel Photo Review
Part 30: Jiayuguan pass
Part 31: Jiuquan Park
Part 32: 1 Night In Jiuquan Hotel
Part 33: Glimpses Of Jiuquan
Part 34: Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
Part 35: My Journey From Jiuquan Into Zhangye
Part 36: Giang Buddha Temple, Zhangye
Part 37: Power Mansion Hotel, Zhangye
Part 38: The Journey Into Wuwei
Part 39: Leitei Tomb Of The Han Dynasty
Part 40: Glimpses Of Langzhou
Part 41: Langzhou Waterwheel Garden
Part 42: Only 8 Hours In Langzhou Legend Hotel
Part 43: Huaqing Hotspring
Part 44: Terracotta Warriors
Part 45: Shaanxi Sunshine Grand Theatre

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