This oasis in the Gobi Desert looked peaceful until competitors in the Silk Way Rally arrived, stirring up dust as they navigated the dunes

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

This oasis in the Gobi Desert looked peaceful until competitors in the Silk Way Rally arrived, stirring up dust as they navigated the dunes

Peugeot team driver Cyril Despres and co-pilot David Castera drive by another smaller oasis in the desert

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Peugeot team driver Cyril Despres and co-pilot David Castera drive by another smaller oasis in the desert

Mother nature at its most extreme - an oasis in the middle of the Gobi Desert where cars are racing to get to Beijing this week

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Mother nature at its most extreme - an oasis in the middle of the Gobi Desert where cars are racing to get to Beijing this week

Competitors  travelled near Alashan in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert on their journey today

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Competitors travelled near Alashan in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert on their journey today

An aerial view of an oasis in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert near the SIlk Way Rally route

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

An aerial view of an oasis in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert near the SIlk Way Rally route

Loeb and co-pilot  Elena navigate the towering dunes as their vehicle looks like a tiny toy car among the huge mountains of sand

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Loeb and co-pilot Elena navigate the towering dunes as their vehicle looks like a tiny toy car among the huge mountains of sand

Mohamed al-Rahji and co-pilot  Gottchalk trail teammates driver Vladimir Vasilyev and co-pilot Konstantin Zhiltsov at an oasis during the rally

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Mohamed al-Rahji and co-pilot Gottchalk trail teammates driver Vladimir Vasilyev and co-pilot Konstantin Zhiltsov at an oasis during the rally

This oasis in the Gobi Desert looked peaceful until competitors in the Silk Way Rally arrived on their journey to Beijing

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

This oasis in the Gobi Desert looked peaceful until competitors in the Silk Way Rally arrived on their journey to Beijing

A helicopter flying over an oasis in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert where the Silk Way Rally is being held as drivers race to Beijing

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Un helicóptero sobrevuela un oasis en el desierto Gobi, Mongolia (Patrick Baz,

Mini team driver Vladimir Vasilyev and co-pilot Konstantin Zhiltsov past an oasis as they compete in the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Mini team driver Vladimir Vasilyev and co-pilot Konstantin Zhiltsov past an oasis as they compete in the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia

The towering sand dunes of the Gobi have become notorious among drivers in the Silk Way Rally car race

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

The towering sand dunes of the Gobi have become notorious among drivers in the Silk Way Rally car race

Mini Sport team driver Harry Hunt and co-driver Andreas Shulz were also competing in the Silk Way Rally

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Mini Sport team driver Harry Hunt and co-driver Andreas Shulz were also competing in the Silk Way Rally

Mini Sport team driver Yazeed Mohamed al-Rahji and co-driver Timo Gottshalk during the 9th special stage of the Silk Way Rally

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Mini Sport team driver Yazeed Mohamed al-Rahji and co-driver Timo Gottshalk during the special stage of the Silk Way Rally

Another aerial view of Alashan showing its isolation in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Another aerial view of Alashan showing its isolation in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia

The town of Alashan in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert where competitors in the Silk Way Rally have driven near this week

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

The town of Alashan in Inner Mongolia's Gobi Desert where competitors in the Silk Way Rally have driven near this week

Corelis Koolen and his co-pilot Pascal Larroque drive their buggy in the Gobi Desert during the 10th stage

From Moscow to Beijing – via Gobi Desert: Rally cars hit dunes

Corelis Koolen and his co-pilot Pascal Larroque drive their buggy in the Gobi Desert during the stage

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