UPDATE 2016/8/10: Changed the pickup point and time slightly. Now it's a 7:30am departure from our regular Liangmaqiao subway pickup point, and then 7:50am from the Lido Hotel Starbucks.
We’ve organised a weekend excursion for Yoga Digest magazine, and they said they’d be very happy if you came along, too! Interested? Sign up!
We’re taking care of the hiking side of it, and they’re bringing a YogiYoga instructor for a 90-minute Hatha yoga class and two meditation sessions.
Meditation and Yoga instruction is in Chinese; our hiking guide speaks English and Chinese.
The trip is suitable for children aged eight and over, but please note we ask for quiet time to focus during hiking and meditation.
07:30 — Bus departs from Liangmaqiao
07:50 — Bus depart from the Lido Hotel Starbucks for the drive to Bashang (approx.5-6 hours of driving)
08:30 — Toilet stop
13:00 — Arrive at the local guest house for lunch
14:00 — Drive to the trail head of the hike
14:15 — Begin the hike (est. 3 hours total walking)
16:45 — 30-minute meditation in the grove on the hillside
17:15 — Continue the hike
17:45 — Finish hiking and drive back to the guest house
18:00 — Get back to the guest house, get ready for dinner
18:30 — Dinner
20:00 — Bonfire, free time
06:30 — Up early for yoga class
07:00 — 90-minute Hatha Yoga class at the guest house courtyard
08:30 — Finish yoga
08:45 — Breakfast
09:30 — Drive to the trail head of the hike
09:50 — Begin the hike
11:30 — 30-minute meditation on the hillside
12:00 — Continue the hike
12:40 — Finish the hike
13:00 — Back to the guest house for lunch
14:00 — Start the drive back to Beijing
19:00 — Back to the city
Yoga Digest is a digital yoga magazine produced by YogiYoga, a leading yoga institute & studio in China.
Day One (level 3 hike)
We climb up on to a ridgeline, steady at the beginning, and a bit steeper later on. We'll find a nice spot by some trees to meditate. After meditating, we'll hike on, finishing with a walk down a valley to meet our bus.
Day Two (level 3 hike)
After an easy warm up walk we make a big climb, peaking at a cairn up in the hills. We'll meditate in a clear spot with great views. After meditating we'll hike down a valley, then loop back to cross over a hill, finishing by walking back to the starting point.
There is often quite a bit of pollen in the air in the grasslands. Hayfever/allergy medication may make this trip more enjoyable, especially if you’ve had hayfever in the past.
The Bashang Prairie is at an elevation of more than one thousand metres above sea level, and is consequently cooler than the weather in Beijing. The weather is also known to change quickly – sunny one minute, cloudy the next, and then a bit of rain before the sun comes out again. In the week before the hike we’ll send the weather forecast.
We will stay in a guesthouse near one of the small towns on the grasslands. You’ll be sharing a room at the guesthouse with another hiker. If you'd like a room to yourself, it can be arranged at an extra cost of 240 RMB, if a room is available—usually not a problem!
The facilities at the guesthouse are fairly basic, with a small bathroom that has a basin and a open shower over a sit-down toilet.
Further details about room shares and single supplement can be found in the documents we send you as part of the registration.
We’ll drive to and from the trip in a private bus.
Main meals and drinks, plus water to drink during the hikes, are included in the price of the hike. We will take most of our meals at the guesthouse. Bring some snacks and some spending money to buy extras. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies.
Things to bring
- Yoga and hiking clothing
- Yoga ground pad
- Passport/ID card for registration at the guesthouse
- Long pants
- Long sleeved-shirt
- Light shoes or sandals to wear around the guesthouse
- Some warm clothing for the evenings
- Waterproof clothing, just in case
- Torch or headlamp
- Hayfever medication
- Wash bag, toothbrush
- Footwear: while sports shoes would be fine, hiking boots would be most comfortable; bring some sandals to relax in after the hikes