Under the scorching Inner Mongolian sun, the annual Nadaam Festival ran from July 11 to July 13 this year.
A three-hour bus ride from Hohhot on surprisingly good quality roads leads to a collection of temporary traditional yurts dotting the plains. Horses are tethered to stakes while goats and cows roam the plains.
At the festival site there is little choice in accommodation. Traditional yurts, essentially semi-permanent tents with a round base, sleep five to seven people in a tight circle on the floor.
For those who don’t want to rough it, the more fancy air-conditioned yurts contain a double bed, table and chairs.
On the Sunday morning the festival gets underway with an opening ceremony. Agitated sun umbrella wielding viewers jockey for position as they wait for the speeches to finish and the stunts to begin.