I am thinking of making a short trip to inner mongolia to see the golden populus (胡杨) in the desert. These trees have lived hundreds (if not thousands) of years, and will turn golden in autumn at a short window period (end Sept - mid Oct), after which the leaves will all fall. Currently I am looking at 7-14 Oct 2010. Hope to gather a few travel kakis to join in
I have come up with a preliminary itinerary but need to be fine tuned. Can PM me your email address if you are interested. It can be a DIY trip which is cheaper, but i have also found a local travel agent which can take care of everything - might be a bit more costly but save all the trouble in the application of border pass and arranging for accommodation/driver.
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Some photos of Populus or 胡杨:
PM me if you are interested. Thanks