As an extension of the 2014 China Tour, we visited several sights that were culturally significant via night train to Inner Mongolia. Our stop at Ordos enabled us to see Genghis Khan Mausoleum. Nearby, we stayed in our yerts in the Gegentala Grasslands to witness the Nadaam Festival. For over 800 years, the festival celebrates the warrior skills of archery, wrestling and horse racing that unite the competitive spirits of the nomadic tribesmen. As an added excitement, our group was invited to participate as ambassadors of the United States in the opening parade! Several of our staff members and students were even interviewed for local news channels with the help of a translator. Some extra fun included down-hill tobogganing down dunes in the Gobi Desert and making a short sight-seeing tour by way of camel caravan. Other methods of travel included a massive ATV that looked as though it was right out of Star Wars movie.
A Mongolian aobao or "stone heep". Used as road markers