Last weekend we went to Inner Mongolia.
We stayed at Anda’s Guesthouse, one of the only foreigner-friendly, English speaking places to stay in Inner Mongolia. They provide a variety of set tours which is the only option for sightseeing in Hoh Hot. Unless you have a Chinese or Mongolian friend, it’s very difficult to get around.
We saw yurts, sheep farmers and ate dinner in a classic Chinese restaurant. We rode camels through the Gobi Desert, took a slide down a sand dune and fearlessly drove through the desert, immediately getting stuck. It was exhilarating. Very few foreigners are seen in Hoh Hot so we were constantly pointed and stared at. Sometimes as we’d be walking down the street a family would stare at us in shock, running back inside and then we’d see the whole family run out staring in awe.