China's desert off-road festival kicks off
HOHHOT, China, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- More than 20,000 off-road vehicles and nearly 100,000 people from home and abroad had gathered for a yearly off-road festival, which kicked off on Tuesday afternoon in the Tengger Desert of Alxa League, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Many vehicles including Jeeps, Land Rovers and Toyotas flew colorful flags on the opening ceremony of the 13th annual FB-Life Alxa Hero Festival. Meanwhile, Powered gliders flying performance as well as rock music show were staged.
"Too excited," said Li Min, who drove 12 hours from Beijing with her friends to participate. "The festival in the desert injected a lot of surprise and fun to our life," she added.
A total of 22 activities were scheduled during the six-day festival, such as Team-3 challenge, all-terrain vehicle grand prix, desert rally and music carnivals.
The festival overlaps with China's week-long national day holiday from October 1 to 7. Besides off-road fans, it also attracted many tourists to view the races.
Festival participants and visitors filled the local hotels. Those who failed to book the limited rooms camped outside in the desert. Cuisine was served during the rally.
The organizer FBlife.com of Beijing said an estimated of 40,000 vehicles and 120,000 participants will roll in for the festival.