Every now and then, we at China Travel and Ctrip English get to take advantage of a handful of interns, fresh into China all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The jaded ol' expats that we are, we like to harness their enthusiasm and, in between them getting us coffee and stuff, channel their experiences into the Intern Diaries, a series of China escapades as seen through the eyes of the newest kids in town. Today, Carmen Serrato digs the desert.>>>
Feel like you need to get away from it all? Want to discover new places and experience some Lawrence of Arabia-style adventure? Then the Gobi Desert could be for you! Find out, after the jump...Dunhuang, a town in the northwest of Gansu Province, is one of the main draws for visitors to the Gobi Desert, and a favorite China tourist destination. There are lots of things to do in Dunhuang both in and around the city: Discover the incredible Mogao Caves, 1,000 grottoes filled with the most marvelous Buddhist art, rent an ATV and ride the sand dunes or take to the air and experience the astonishing views from a hang glider. If you prefer to stay a little closer to the ground then how about sledding down a sand dune? Oh yeah! When you've got sand, who needs snow?
But that's not all—after you've had your fill of cave art, got sand in your hair and the wind in your wings and you're ready to call it a day, hop on a camel and head into the desert for a night camped out under the clear starry skies. Soak up the desert night, lose count of all the shooting stars and swap tales around the bonfire with your fellow adventurers—the perfect end to the perfect Gobi Desert adventure.