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Inner Mongolia Trip: 30th of September to the 6th of October: Part II

Inner Mongolia Trip: 30th of September to the 6th of October

InternChina - China map - Inner Mongolia
InternChina – China map – Inner Mongolia

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More information on travelling to Inner Mongolia :

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/searchResult?q=inner+mongolia&facet=origin%3Athorntree_thread

Where to find friends to go with you on an Epic Adventure : https://www.internchina.com/zh/contact/apply

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Hello everyone,

My name is Philippe Touzin and I am the Marketing and Graduate Recruitment Manager for InternChina. I am based in the city of Zhuhai and this is the second part to my blog on travelling to Big Sky Country: Inner Mongolia (China).

Part I: https://internchina.com/inner-mongolia-trip-30th-of-september-to-the-6th-of-october-part-i/

 

Gallery of the Inner Mongolia Trip

 

2/10/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province – Grass Plains

8:00am: Breakfast and then we went for a Hike in the grass plains, walked up some hills, saw some Lama Buddhism stone prayer “temples” and flags , herd of horses, sheep and endless plains- we took some photo shoots and then went back to our farm for lunch. The afternoon was Mongolian Bow and Arrow training/shooting session, followed by horse riding.

 

InternChina - Prayer flags + Skull on grass plains
InternChina – Prayer flags + Skull on grass plains
InternChina - John Pitts, Dulung, Joseph Fry, Maxime Dupuis, Philippe Touzin
InternChina – John Pitts, Dulung, Joseph Fry, Maxime Dupuis, Philippe Touzin

The horse riding was not part of the tour, and cost 150.-rmb per hour, so we went out for 3hours and rode around with our guides. We all came back feeling like Mongolian Men with sore asses, and the best part was when John Pitts fell of his horse- I didn’t get to see the fall, but Max’s description and the thought of it got us all laughing for about 2hours! (John Pitts: Product design/production manager for a design and manufacturing firm that supplies the top MNE’s in the world with highest quality electronic goods/ accessories)

 

InternChina - riding horses - Joseph fry and Dulung
InternChina – riding horses – Joseph fry and Dulung

We had a rest and then dinner again (stew of potatoes, mutton, mutton ribs,…) which was cooked by the wife of the farmer- followed by copious amounts of Horse milk alcohol (sour horse milk + extra baijiu!) and beer, and more card games in the yurt.

 

Baijiu: Chinese alcohol, usualy over 60%!

 

On our way back from the farm to our yurt, I met the Grandfather/owner  (Mongolian name: Nasan Oqir- 70 years old ) of the lands who invited me for some beers together. He was very cool and explained that his father had built this house and his livestock consisted of:

-300 sheep

-60 horses- which he herds riding his motorbike from sunrise to sunset, every day.

-30  chicken

-2 dogs

-1 cat

-2 rabbits

-and 2500 sqkm of land!!

He wakes up every day before sunrise, rides his motorbike to the neighboring farm (15km) where his best friend lives,… drink some horse milk alcohol together, have breakfast and then gets to work- He offered me a job working for him and honestly it was very tempting!!!

 

 

InternChina - Horse herder landowner Nasan Oqir with Philippe Touzin
InternChina – Horse herder landowner Nasan Oqir with Philippe Touzin

Dulung came to save me before he took out more Baijiu and I returned with him (quite drunk already) to keep partying with my friends. At some point in the night-when we finished all our alcohol, we went out in the plains with all our blankets (temperature: 10 degree Celsius) and lay down to star gaze- Amazing!!

Dulung was quite drunk and passed out, so we ended up having to carry him back to the Yurt, by creating a human King Chair which ended in  a few falls and lots of giggles.

 

3/10/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province – Grass Plains

9:00am: breakfast (we had the same staple Mongolian food every morning- Rice with mutton soup + warm horse milk- and some sort of bread)

Spending the morning going for some more walks and then thanking and saying goodbye to the family for having hosted us. When we had first arrived we brought with us a bottle of Famous Old Grouse whiskey, as it is customary to bring a gift when staying with the family- and this was a good present apparently 🙂

Our car had changed for the last leg of the journey to a normal car, which was fine but meant we were 4 big boys at the back-OUCH- we departed and of we were! But 1hour later we were stopped by the police…they were not too amused to see 4 people sitting at the back and after we talked with the officers, giving our foreign charm, they agreed to take Dulung to the next village so he could catch a bus and no other problems. The police also decided it was a good time to have a photography session with us- so quite alot of posing and Victory signs later we were off again!! But we forgot to take pics with them also! 🙁

 

We had some emotional goodbye’s with Dulung, our guide. He is our age and our time together was more 5 buddies travelling, laughing and getting drunk together- we still keep in contact using our weixin, and have invited to stay with us in Zhuhai where we would guide him to the local Island!! (next blog? :D)

InternChina - Dulung being a god - Dulung in the Gobi Desert
InternChina – Dulung being a god – Dulung in the Gobi Desert

Weixin / WeChat: is a Chinese app (similar to whatsapp) which everyone uses here in China. You should download it if you’re coming to China!

 

We arrived in Hohhot at 8pm, tired and exhausted, no showers for 5 days, bodies filled with sands everywhere, un-kept beards and  full of amazing adventure memories. Inner Mongolia/become mongolian men/adventure time= Success!

We checked in to the same hotel : Wanli Hotel and had the longest showers in the world. On our way to the rooms we found the room service lady/ her trolley and raided it for extra shampoo and shower gels as we were super dirty! :p

We had a early dinner and then me and Joe went back to the room to sleep-NACKERED-…John and Max went to a bar called: Seattle Bar- Do Not Go there– they had 3 drinks and don’t remember coming home- we are pretty sure their drinks got spiked with drugs as we are all heavy drinkers.

 

4/10/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province – Grass Plains

10am wake-up. John had a lie-in but Joe, Max and myself went walking from our hotel to the Great Mosque of Hohhot (where john met up with us). Hohhot was on the old Silk Road and there is a big cultural mix, including a thriving Muslim community. The walk was long but got a good feeling of the city- not much going on- but the Mosque was beautiful and the surrounding area very interesting with street markets and pet markets: they had all kinds of animals and MASSIVE snakes.

InternChina - Hohhot - old men chilling at the Mosque
InternChina – Hohhot – old men chilling at the Mosque
InternChina - Hohhot Street Market - Lamb head
InternChina – Hohhot Street Market – Lamb head
InternChina - Hohhot pet market - 7m Long SNAKE!
InternChina – Hohhot pet market – 7m Long SNAKE!

 

Had some good lunch= Big grilled Naan breads with lamb bbq, followed by going to visit Lama Buddhism temples, pagoda’s, old street market and  yes…we got more fireworks for our last night in Hohhot!!! The guys were super nice, we were the first foreigners to have gone in their shop so they gave us all the fireworks for free!! We proposed to take pictures so they could print it out and use it as advertisement!

InternChina - John Pitts, Philippe Touzin, Maxime Dupuis, Fireworks Boss, and Boss's son
InternChina – John Pitts, Philippe Touzin, Maxime Dupuis, Fireworks Boss, and Boss’s son

Last Dinner and night life

 

For our last dinner we had a Meat Fest-6kg of meat between 4 guys- 1 huge lamb leg and a full rack of ribs- It was the BEST Lamb meat we had ever had and we washed it all down with local beer- we ended up having some locals join our able, one of them being the 2nd best Inner Mongolian champion wrestler and a bunch of girls of one who nearly vomited on Max. :p

 

InternChina - Last meal in Hohhot - MEAT FEST
InternChina – Last meal in Hohhot – MEAT FEST
InternChina - #MeetJohnyPitts
InternChina – #MeetJohnyPitts

After this we headed to a Mongolian bar which had live music and local Mongolians drinking- it was fun and good until- the Mongolians got too drunk, one got angry wiped out a mini sword and smacked one of them hard on the head (with the scabbard still on thankfully), then he ran out , came back and slashed another guy on the arm with the scabbard off and then ran out again, this time chased by other guys carrying, not chairs, but tables—it was shocking but slightly comedic at the same time. I then approached then with Joe and offered to give first aid as IC employees in all offices are first aid trained. They both needed stitches but they’ll be ok.

After that we finished our drinks and decided to go clubbing, found a “Box Club” which, I swear, smelled like horses! Club are the same everywhere else in the world and we ended  up drinking / making mates with another Mongolian and coming home at 4am.

 

5/10/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province – back to GuangZhou

12:00 get up and check out. We had been eating Mongolian food all week and were hungover so we went to McDonald’s to set ourselves right. We then kept going with some more tourism by going to tourist shops and buying some small gifts (combs, bracelets,…) for our friends and family back home!

3:00pm return to Guangzhou Airport. On arrival in Guangzhou you can easily take a express bus to the Center of Zhuhai, Gongbei station (last stop). For more info please contact: info@internchina.com

I hope to go back and go into real Mongolia (the country), although the travel and experiences we had felt very authentic and Mongolian. I highly recommend learning some Chinese and speaking some basic Chinese as this way you get to skip all the mass tour groups and discover the Real Inner Mongolia (or chat with Andal guesthouse 🙂 )

 

Thank you for  reading, and please do not hesitate to stop by Zhuhai InternChina office for some tea and stories.

 

USTRAAAYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

(cheeerrs)

 

Philippe

 

More information on travelling to Inner Mongolia :

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/searchResult?q=inner+mongolia&facet=origin%3Athorntree_thread

Where to find friends to go with you on an Epic Adventure : https://www.internchina.com/zh/contact/apply

 

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InternChina Come Together 2013 – Charity event in Zhuhai!

 
Come together

cpaz.org.cn

 

On the 16th of October 2013, the Come Together 2013 Organisers and CPAZ (Charity) went to visit the town of PingSha (平沙镇) and handed out the money and Goodie Bags over to the student representatives and head teachers of 8 schools from the Zhuhai area, which covers the educational fees of 141 students.
2013年10月16日, Come Together慈善派对2013的主办方珠海爱心会去了平沙镇把筹集到的善款和爱心包交给了8所学校的学生代表和校长,这支付了141名学生的教育费用。

Contents:

  1. Thank you and Closing notes from the Come Together 2013 Organisers
  2. Timeline
  3. Links to published media
  4. What’s next? How can YOU help? Email: info@internchina.comjj@deltabridges.com

目录:

  1.  -主办方致谢词和2013 Come Together 慈善派对事记
  2.  -时间表
  3.  -媒体报道链接
  4.  -下一年,你能为这个活动做些什么?Email: info@internchina.comjj@deltabridges.com

 

This event has only been possible because of the incredible generosity from our Sponsors, Organisers, Volunteers, Partners and last but not least the Awesome Bands; which all Came Together to make such an event possible, rock the house and raise funds to help the underprivileged children of Zhuhai. Thank you so much!!
今年活动的成功归功于我们可爱的赞助商,组织者,志愿者,合作伙伴和乐队,他们的热情慷慨让活动走向了成功。卖力演出,筹集善款,以帮助解决来珠海弱势外来务工人员子女的教育问题。 再次感谢你们!

This is not a one-time event. We have now successfully organized a Come Together 2012 and 2013 and we look forwards to COME TOGETHER 2014.
这不仅仅是一场慈善活动,去年和今年我们成功的举办了两场国际慈善派对。我们期待2014年的!

We have succeeded in creating a fully transparent (thanks to Chief Accountant Mark Clayton from China 2 West) Charity event for the foreigners and Chinese of Zhuhai . Enabling us to give back to our local community in cooperation with the Zhuhai people, a licensed Charity (CPAZ), the support of the Chinese government, our local schools and communities.
我们已经成功地为珠海人的中外友人创建了一个完全公开透明的慈善派对,这要感谢活动的总会计师,来自China2West的Mark Clayton。以此更好的回馈给我们的地方社区,珠海友人,爱心会,还有政府,学校和合作商的支持。

 

We are extremely proud and again A big THANK YOU to everybody for Coming Together and helping our local community at the Come Together 2013 charity event held on Sunday 8th September 2013.
此次活动的举办是令人自豪的。再次感谢为了帮助本土弱势群体参与我们2013年9月8日活动的朋友们。

 

 

The Representatives from Come Together 2013:

InternChina, Deltabridges , China2West, CPAZ, ODM and  MindSparkz

2013 Come Together慈善派对的代表们

InternChina, 珠三角纵横 , China2Wes,t爱心会, ODMMindSpark

 

www.InternChina.com: Philippe Touzin, Sunny Sui, Jack Everett, Pia Faulhaber, Monika Wilamowski

www.DeltaBridges.com: Jean-Jacques Verdun, Kelly陈枚. 珠三角纵横

www.China2West.com: Mark Clayton

www.Cpaz.org.cn: Chen Ying (陈鹰) and Volunteers

www.TheOdmGroup.com: Joseph Fry

wwwMindSparkz.com: Luke Niederhofer 

 

 

Timeline of the day

活动时间表

Depart CPAZ office at 8:00am withOrganisers, CPAZ and volunteer cars. We brought with us the money and also the “love bags”.

8:00从爱心会办公室出发,主办方和爱心会带着筹集到的善款和爱心包前往平沙镇小学。

Pingsha Town

CPAZ Office

CPAZ(珠海市爱心促进会) Office in Zhuhai, address: 珠海市拱北水湾路223号

9:30: Arrived at CPAZ PingSha office- the PICC building
9:30分, 到达爱心会平沙办公室,PICC大厦

Group Photo

 

 

9:40; Presentation and speeches
Speeches were made thanking CPAZ and ComeTogether2013 for having organized such an event and providing financial support to the underprivileged Children and Families.
Speeches were made thanking the Children and Teachers for having come and asking them to study hard!
9:40;演示和演讲
感谢爱心会和ComeTogether2013举办这样好的活动,为弱势儿童和家庭提供财政支持。
感谢孩子和老师们的参与,希望学生们能专注于好好学习!

Vice-general manager of Zhuhai
From left to right : Mr He(PICC vice-general manager of Zhuhai, Mr Chen(Secretary of Youth League Committee of Pingsha), Mr Li (party committee members of Pingsha town), Mr Philippe Touzin (Come Together organizer and InternChina) and Mr Chen Ying 陈鹰 (Founder of CPAZ).

9:50; official opening of CPAZ office ceremony
9:50;爱心会办事处开幕仪式

CPAZ opened their first satellite office in PingSha town to help the local community, the event correlated nicely with the Come Together donations to give a good head start to the humanitarian undertakings
爱心会在平沙镇开设了他们的第一间办公室,以帮助当地社区有需要的群体。刚好Come Together活动的善款筹集为他们打响了头炮。

Group Photo2
From left to right: Mr Xie(PICC Manager for Jinwan district), Mr Philippe Touzin (Come Together organizer and InternChina), Mr ChenYing (陈鹰) (Founder of CPAZ), MR Li (party committee members of Pingsha town), Mr He (PICC vice-general manager of Zhuhai, Mr Chen(Secretary of Youth League Committee of PingSha.
左一、人保财险金湾支公司经理谢团, 左二、InternChina代表和COME TOGHTER 组织者代表Philippe Touzin, 左三、珠海市爱心促进会会长陈鹰,左四、平沙镇党委委员李享贤’ 左五、人保财险何雄副总经理,  左六、平沙团委书记陈少辉委员

Ms Li

Ms Li , One of the PingSha town schools (平沙实验小学) Teachers-giving a Thank you speech
李老师做感谢讲话,平沙实验小学教师

10:00, Come together 2013 representatives present the CT2013 event and amount raised for Tuition, Food, Transport and Love Bags for 141 students
10:00 Come Together 活动代表介绍了CT 2013活动和目前筹集到的金额将用于114位学生的学费,餐费,交通费和“爱心包”。

Philippe Touzin

Mr Philippe Touzin – Come Together organizer and InternChina
菲力浦-Come Together慈善活动组织者之一,来自InternChina

10:10; Ceremony of handing out the money and Love bags: to students and head teachers representing 8 schools in the local area.

A handful of student per school attended with their head teachers to receive the envelopes and bags for themselves and the other underprivileged students in their schools. These envelopes and bags will be handed out to the students on our list. The head teachers we met will all personally go to the families of the children to hand out the money and take the signatures as proof of receipt which will be available in the InternChina office for any who wish to see (this will take about 1-2 weeks to collect from the 16th of October onwards)

10:10: 典礼上移交了善款和爱心包给在当地8所学校的学生和班主任。

每所学校中的学生代表在他们的班主任和校长的陪同下,为自己和同学校的其他弱势学生领到的装有善款的信封和“爱心包”。这些信封袋和“爱心包”将通过学生代表交给我们名单上的学生。校长和班主任将上访受帮助学生的家庭,将善款交到学生家长手中,并在收据证明上签名,这将是任何人所希望看到的。(从10月16日起,大约需要1-2周来收集签名)

Group Photo3

 

!!!Come Together representatives handed CPAZ a BIG Cheque for 87768.7.-RMB!!! Come together 2013 活动代表爱心会移交了价值人民币87768.7元的支票。

From right to left: CPAZ volunteer, Ms Pia Faulhaber( InternChina), Monika Wilamowsky (InternChina), Ms Sunny Sui (InternChina), Mr Chen Ying 陈鹰 (founder of CPAZ), Mr Philippe Touzin (Come Together organizer and InternChina), Mr Joseph Fry ( The ODM Group representative) and Mr Luke Niederhofer ( The MindSparkz representative)

Love Bags

Handing out of Love Bags. Contents: school Bag, new uniform, pens, educational material and a Globe
分发爱心书包。包括:书包、新校服、笔、学习材料和一个地球仪

student representatives
The student representatives from 8 schools in the PingSha town area
这些学生代表平沙镇的8所小学

handling out of envelope containing

Handing out of envelope containing 550.-RMB: covers the cost of Tuition, Transport to school and food fees. The envelopes were then handed to the Head Teacher representatives so they could distribute it to the Parents and receives signatures as receipt.
分发爱心信封内有550元人民币。用来支付学杂费、交通费和餐费。信封发给各个校长,由他们转交费学生家长,家长收到后签字。

10:20; Photography session
10:20 合影留念

Everyone Come Together!

Group Photo4

Student representatives, head teachers, CPAZ, Come Together Organisers, P.R.C PingSha government officials, PICC managers
学生代表、校长、珠海市爱心促进会、Come Together慈善活动组织者、平沙镇政府代表、中国人民财产保险公司经理

10:30; Play games and mingle with students, teachers and gvt representatives. Transferring all the bags to cars for delivery to schools.
10:30 学生,老师,政府人员与活动代表玩游戏。将所有爱心包送往学校。

IC Interns

Sunny Sui, Monika Wilamowski and PiaFaulhaber

InternChina - Come together 2013
InternChina – Come together 2013

 Joseph Fry and Luke Niederhofer

InternChina - Come together 2013 - Kids opening their Love Bags
InternChina – Come together 2013 – Kids opening their Love Bags

Philippe Touzin2

Philippe Touzin

10:40: went to visit 平沙实验小学

IC Staff

From left to Right: Monika W., Pia F., Philippe T, Joseph F and Sunny S.

1st Year students

1st Year students doing Exercise
小学一年级学生上体育课

Come together2

Come Together Organisers and CPAZ chatting with students
Come Together 组织者、珠海市爱心促进会和学生们交流

11:10-12:10; went to visit 2 families (with their children) in 2 different villages who received aid through CT-2013

11:10-12:10: 跟随两位获得CT2013捐助的学生去他们家中探望。

– 1st Village: we met the Grandparents of Student He XiaoQing(何小琴). Her Mother passed away when she was 3 years old, her father ran away a couple of months later and she has since been cared for by her Grandparents.
– 第一条村子:我们遇见了学生何小琴的祖父母。获知在小琴她3岁的时候母亲就已经去世了,两三个月后她的父亲也离家出走,现在,她跟祖父母一起生活。

Grandfather

From Left to Right: Grandfather/Legal guardian of student, Mr Chen Ying 陈鹰(CPAZ), and student
从左到右:学生的爷爷/监护人、陈鹰(珠海市爱心促进会)、学生

2nd Village: three students lived in this house with their mother (the father ran away several years ago). The two brothers are sick with haemophilia(血友病) and need weekly medication. They were not in school that day due to having a fever. The mother was very kind and hospitable. We chatted and introduced to the children where were from. It was the first time they had met foreigners, not counting 5 nationalities! They were quite shy but very nice. The CPAZ volunteers decided to give a on the spot additional donation for this family, which led to emotions swelling high, and tears on both sides.
– 第二条村子:三位孩子和他们的母亲一起住(父亲几年前离家出走了)。其中两兄弟都患有血友病,需要每周用药。今天由于发烧所以没上学。母亲非常善良好客。我们给孩子们介绍我们来自哪里。这是他们第一次遇见外国人,还是来自5个不同国籍!他们很害羞,但非常友好。爱心会志愿者决定,当场为这个家庭给予额外的捐款,他们母亲当即流下了感激的泪水。

2nd Village

2nd Village
第二个村落

Group Photo

from Left to Right: 1stStudent, 2nd Student (brothers), Philippe T., CPAZ Volunteer, CPAZ volunteer, PiaF.
从左到右:学生、学生(兄弟)、菲力浦、珠海市爱心促进会志愿者、珠海市爱心促进会志愿者、Pia F.

 

12:30: Lunch in local restaurant with CT-2013, head teachers, gvt officials for Pingsha and PICC managers

12:30: CT-2013和校长,平沙政府人员代表和PICC经理在当地餐厅就餐

 

14:00: Event officially over and everyone returned home

14:00:活动正式结束了,返回珠海市区。

 

 

Remember to keep September 2014 free in your calendar for Come Together 2014!!!

请在您的日程上为20149Come Together慈善活动留下空位

 

 Links to published media

媒体报道链接:

 

-News Articles on Come Together 2013 – 16/10/2013

 

CPAZ websites:

爱心会网站:

 

DeltaBrides珠三角纵横 website for Come together 2013

 

 -InternChina

 

-Where to find pictures?

如何获取活动照片?

https://www.deltabridges.com/news/zhuhai-news/come-together-charity-2013-visiting-pingsha-town

 

 

What’s Next? How can YOU help?

下一届?能帮助些什么?

 

Email: info@internchina.com & jj@deltabridges.com

 

 

Come Together 2014 is currently in the process of being organized so that we can effectively lobby and secure bigger donations for next year’s event. But WE NEED YOUR HELP! How? Easy:

 

1)      Donations pledged to the Charity

2)      Prizes for the lucky draws

3)      Cash Sponsorships to cover the costs of the event (even though the actual costs are pretty low, it would be great if all could be covered so that all the profit from the drinks could directly go to the charity fund)

4)      Alcohol Sponsorships (to be sold during venue-to raise funds)

5)      Band to perform!

6)      Volunteers to help with the above and with the event itself.

 

 

2014年国际慈善派对目前正在计划筹备当中,为了在下一年的活动中能更有效的宣传和筹集到更多的善款,我们需要你的一臂之力,怎么帮?很容易:

1)承诺捐款

2)捐赠奖品用于抽奖环节

3)现金赞助活动经费(即使实际成本非常低,但如果可以覆盖所有酒水的费用,那更多售卖出的酒水利润可以直接捐至慈善基金)

4)酒水赞助

5)乐队演出!

6)志愿者帮忙上述或活动当天

 

Email: info@internchina.comjj@deltabridges.com

 

 

Remember to keep September 2014 free in your calendar for Come Together 2014!!!

请在您的日程上为20149Come Together慈善活动留下空位!

If you want to come join us and spread the love while also gaining valuable experience abroad, then apply now!

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Inner Mongolia Trip: 30th of September to the 6th of October: Part I

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Hello everyone,

My name is Philippe Touzin and I am the Marketing and Graduate Recruitment Manager for InternChina. I am based in the city of Zhuhai and this is my blog on travelling to Big Sky Country: Inner Mongolia (China).

For China’s National Day holiday I decided with three friends to brave the masses and travel in China. (1st of October till the 7th of October https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Week_(China) ). This holiday is during one of the infamous Golden Weeks in China. Why infamous? Please have a look at this InternChina blog entry for more info (also tips on other hot potato destinations during Golden Week): https://www.internchina.com/zh/about/blog/2012/10/philippines-during-golden-week/?lang=zh&Itemid=244

Our decision making process on choosing our destination was quite messy and my German colleagues at InternChina (extremely organized and efficient) would have had at least 579’236.5 heart attacks ( 😛 ) by the end of the trip due to the non-organised / laisser-faire attitude we kept during the trip- which turned out to be Amazing and Perfect for a Adventure holiday!!

We all have very busy jobs, and trips tend to fall down the Priority list, so 2 months before the trip we were going to Japan, 1 month before the trip to Indonesia, next day to Philippines, next day to Malaysia/Borneo, next day to Nepal….2 weeks before the holidays and we decide to go for China due to China being AWESOME and finding out one of our friends couldn’t leave China for Visa reasons (oops).

What does this mean? There are hundreds of destinations outside and in China! All with return flights (national and S.E.A flights) costing approximately 2000.-RMB / 240.-Euro/ 330.-USD / 205.-PoundsSterling (high season prices, for low season prices knock off 500.-RMB)!!

For booking cheap flights (using a foreign card in China) please check:

https://www.airasia.com/ot/en/home.page

https://english.ctrip.com/

 

Next step; where to go in China?- its Golden Week- its busy as hell at every half-popular tourist sites and travelling during the 1st and 7th will be impossible (there a lot of people in china= tourists central).

This is when we decided on Inner Mongolia, where we could find Deserts and Grass plains (green deserts) and hopefully avoid the battalion of Chinese and foreigner tourists. We booked our flights and a hotel for our first night Hohhot (capital of inner Mongolia), and we all decided to meet up a week before so as to plan some more….-Germanheartattack#125…needless to say that did not happened.

29/09/2013- Zhuhai, Guangdong Province

Our flight was very departing very early on the 30th (7:30 am) from GuangZhou airport, so on the 29th we took the Speed train from Zhuhai newly opened fancy train station (just next to the Macau Border) central to Guangzhou South station. This train takes only 1h15 min, and the 2nd class ticket costs 70.-RMB, with first class costing 90.-RMB. You can also buy San Miguel Beer for 6.-RMB! It was a good train ride.

 

29/09/2013-Guangzhou, Guangdong Province

We had booked a night in a hotel …Germanheartattack#-1…The location was 100% based on being close to a Turkish restaurant we wanted to try out, called the Sultan- the food was amazing and our first kebabs in a long time with the hummous, tzatiki, salads, flat breads and all grilled meats! Highly recommend it! We were so full from all the food that we went for a stroll to help us go to sleep…

InternChina - Sultan restuarant in Guangzhou
InternChina – Sultan restuarant in Guangzhou

Sultan (4 people : 5 starters + 4 mains + mint tea= approx. 160.-rmb per person) https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g298555-d1006324-Reviews-Sultan-Guangzhou_Guangdong.html

 

30/09/2013-Guangzhou, Guangdong Province

I had organized t for a wake-up call at 4 am and a Taxi for 4:30am. It took about 45 min to drive to the Guangzhou BaiYun airport (148.-RMB/4pers= 37.-rmb) and after checking in we were on our way to the capital of Inner Mongolia: Hohhot (呼和浩特市 and in Mongolian script see the wiki link)–pronounced: HoHeHaoTe—or as we pronounced it –HohhotisSoHot-

 

30/09/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohhot

 

The flight took 2h30min, and at the airport we caught a taxi for the 20min ride to the city center. Be aware Taxi drivers will try and scam you (even with the meter on!), a taxi ride to the city center should be maximum 30.-RMB. Our hotel was very nice and the staff was friendly. They even brought to your room a free yoghurt and brioche every day at 5-6pm for your snack!! 😀

Hotel: Wanli International Hotel: Price 282 rmb per night for twin room, so 141.-rmb per person per night: https://english.ctrip.com/hotels/hohhot-hotel-detail-129103/wanli-international-hotel/

InternChina -  Hotel Room in Hohhot
InternChina – Hotel Room in Hohhot

We then went for lunch and had a great Meat Fest with Mongolian style dumplings, whilst we discussed our next steps.

We had a general idea as to what we wanted to do in Inner Mongolia: Deserts, Grassplains, horse riding, archery and drinking horse milk alcohol. We also knew that we didn’t want to travel with any other foreigners or Chinese, only Mongolians, so we were lucky enough to discover an International Hostel, run by Inner Mongolians, which organized tours! After some intense negotiations we were able to secure a 5 day trip:

-mongolian guide (Mongolian name: Dulung- we became best buds)

-4*4 jeep + driver

-no other tourists

-all transport/food/accommodation (yurts) costs

– visiting Desert for 2 days 1 night/ visiting grass plains for 3 days 2 nights

-camel riding and desert dune surfing = 2115.-RMB per person! 🙂

 

Hostel: Anda Guest House: https://www.andaguesthouse.com/index_eng.htm

andaguesthouse@hotmail.com

Hostel Manager, Ms Guan : +86 4716918039 / +86 15947519807

 

We left the hostel with having organized to meet the following morning at 8am. We had also asked them to write down the name of local Mongolian dishes, so went to a recommended restaurant, ordered them and tried it all! It was good!! Except for the sausages…or testicles…we are still unsure as to what we ate :s

 

30/09/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province- Gobi Desert

InternChina - our Jeep!!
InternChina – our Jeep!!
InternChina - in our Jeep with our awesome driver
InternChina – in our Jeep with our awesome driver

8:00 am departure from Hohhot in our Jeep and awesome driver. We first headed for the Desert, part of the Gobi Desert, taking the away going West from Hohhot and following a lone mini-mountain range.

After 5hours of driving we had lunch in a small town and this is where we met up with Dulung, our Legendary Mongolian Guide. We also took the opportunity to buy over 150 fireworks and 5 cases of beer in one of the small towns. Usually its illegal to buy fireworks, but China’s national day was the on the following day (1st of October) so all the locals were already going a bit crazy with blowing stuff up, and certainly a few that we bought were a bit dangerous, but they’re more fun 😉

We drove for another 2 hours and then had to change jeeps as we had to drive into the Desert and through the Dunes- AWESOME-

InternChina - Changing jeeps for desert run :)
InternChina – Changing jeeps for desert run 🙂

We stayed in Yurts (Ger in mongolian), in an Oasis (bushes and 2 trees) in the middle of the sand dunes, with no other humans (or much living creatures) for many km around us- it was exactly what we were looking for- Our Adventure had begun.

InternChina - our yurts in the desert, three of them but we all slept in one and there was no one else there!!  -InternChina
InternChina – our yurts in the desert, three of them but we all slept in one and there was no one else there!! -InternChina

Animals living in this habitat: foxes, rabbits, lots of bugs, birds, wolves,…sheep and their herders…in a desert??!

Altitude: 600m over sea level

 

What followed was a afternoon, of running around sand dunes, wrestling, racing, picture taking, dune surfing on sledges (sitting and standing), jumping of sand dunes and seeing how far we could role and in the process swallow 1 or 2kg of sand.

We learned that 2 small bottles of water each – and 34 degrees celcius- means we shouldn’t have done all this running, and pushing each other of sand dunes, as we soon found ourselves very thirsty! But we didn’t want to return to the camp yet ( 48 bottles of water, 60 bottles of beer, dinner and fireworks-) as we were having such a good time, so we kept going!

The most tiring activity was when Joseph Fry (internchina graduate intern-now Head representative of a sourcing company in Zhuhai) and I decided to write out INTERNCHINA in the sand dunes. Pick a massive Dune, decide how big the letters were to be and get to it – Dehydrated and 1 hour later we were finally done and Voila!:

InternChina - InternChina in the Gobi Desert! Woooooppp
InternChina – InternChina in the Gobi Desert! Woooooppp
InternChina - Philippe Touzin
InternChina – Philippe Touzin

That same evening was Dulung‘s birthday! So we celebrated China’s and Dolongs birthday together by having a meal in our Yurt, then lighting a bonfire (I lit it with my fire-starter!! :D), and drinking 5 crates of beer and setting off all the fireworks!! It was amazing and the stars were beautiful with such dry air and barely any light pollution!

 

 

Night temperature approx: 10 degrees Celcius

Day temperature approx: 30 degrees Celcius

Cheers in Mongolian/ Inner Mongolia dialect: USTRAYA!!!!! (deep manly voice)

 

 

1/10/2013-Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Province-Gobi Desert and travel to Grass Plains

6am: woke up, hungover and as dehydrated as I have ever been and went for a walk to see the sunrise- it was amazing- no camera and only my memories 🙂 . In the horizon I could see on top of the dunes 7 camels walking, probably tourists checking the sunrise out, but it was a beautiful sight. Went back to tent and passed out.

8am: Dolong had found fireworks that we forgot to light- so you can guess what our alarm clock was- all around the Yurt!! So we were up and about by 8:03 😀

Had breakfast, cleaned up so as to not spoil the nature, and then discovered 8 camels that had been brought for us, we were only 6 with the Camel guy, so 1 extra camels for our stuff, and 1 along for the fun of it. We rode back to where we had left our jeep, met a cool little grandpa farmer who showed us the wolves he had caught!! Over 5 wolves and a cub, this is their ancestral land, and so they come through quite often, however with the tourism industry increase (big tourist Yurt camps on the edge of Desert) they have to catch the wolves./ I didn’t ask what they do with the wolves, but knowing china: The fur for clothing/ rug, meat for food, bones for traditional medicine. Some may see this as harsh, but at least they don’t kill them and leave them, not one part of the animal goes to waste.

InternChina - riding camels and reach civilisation
InternChina – riding camels and reach civilisation
InternChina - wolves!
InternChina – wolves!

We now drove for 8 hours to arrive to the grass plains, out of desert, followed mountain range, up the mountains to 1680m altitude, and their the Plateau of endless grass plains opened in front of us. It was an amazing sight. There was sleepy little town at the start of the plains, so we stopped by to buy more water and beer, 4 tall Laowai’s/ foreigners entered the only shop for miles- and quite a few eyes of the locals popped out- you should have seen their faces when we spoke Chinese!

As we had asked not to be with any other tourists and there are lots of big Tourist camps, they had found a Mongolian family who could host us, but they had never been there themselves, so it took us sometimes to find the place!- The funniest part was asking for directions, Imagine this scenery:

InternChina - the green'ish Desert
InternChina – the green’ish Desert

And then asking a passing car or herder, and he says: well keep on going straight, then you see the hill turn right, keep on going straight then you will see 3 trees, turn left and continue for a couple of km and their in that area- there are No landmarks making it very hard to give precise directions!

9pm- arrived at our destination, had great warming hearty Mongolian food, followed by drinking games and more beer.

Dulung taught us a game which I can teach you if you want if you come to China- 2-3-5-Joker-7 and that Maxime Dupuis (also an ex intern through IC and now come back for full time employment in Zhuhai with his internship company)- doesn’t like it when you tickle his feet when drunk and calls himself Mark (?!? :D)-

InternChina - Drinking games in a yurt!
InternChina – Drinking games in a yurt!

Something I haven’t mentioned yet is that every night we slept in yurts, on the dirt (or sand in desert), and 5 guys all spooning each other—and for some reason they all tried to cozy up to me, so every night I´d wake up squished between two guys, sometimes hugging me, sometimes stealing my blankets- let´s just say that I definitely know I am heterosexual after all the touching I went through during the trip 😉 (even Dulung got involved!) hahaha

 

 

Tourist camps: Tourist central with stone made yurts with private bathroom, mass meals and events for everyone, endless pictures and babies running around -HELL NO-

 

Thank you for reading part I, part II is coming up next week with stories on grass plains and horse milk alcohol. Please do not hesitate to stop by Zhuhai InternChina office for some tea and stories.

USTRAAAYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! (cheeerrs)

Philippe Touzin

 

More information on travelling to Inner Mongolia : https://www.lonelyplanet.com/searchResult?q=inner+mongolia&facet=origin%3Athorntree_thread Where to find friends to go with you on an Epic Adventure : https://www.internchina.com/zh/contact/apply

Travelling in and around China can be so easy: Just ask our InternChina-team for advise! If you have to leave China after 90 days for your visa for example, you can just go to Taiwan for the weekend. It is cheap and easy to get around there! Apply now for your internship in China and become part of the InternChina community!