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Aershan National Forest Park, Inner Mongolia, 2013/08

In Brief: Photos of the hills, crater lakes, woods, and rivers of A’ershan, Inner Mongolia.

The A’ershan National Forest Park is located at the northeast end of Inner Mongolia, and we travelled out for a look about in early August. While there, we hiked in the rolling hills of the area, and spent a day exploring the crater lakes, lava flows, and rivers in an area that had been previously volcanically active.

On the first day of our visit we did some nice walking in the hills around A’ershan town – it rained on us a little bit, but we also saw some blue sky.

On the second day, we headed into the park itself to visit the various ‘heavenly’ crater lakes and other sites produced by ancient volcanic activity. It was a little busy in the park, but we still had a good day looking about.

We did a little bit more hiking on the third day, and we also made sure to pay a visit to the A’ershan hot spring!

Beautiful wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Beautiful wild flowers.

A view from the hills above A’ershan Town, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

A view from the hills above A’ershan Town.

Hill walking near Rose Peak, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Hill walking near Rose Peak.

We spotted a spider, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

We spotted a spider.

Clear skies on one side of the ridge, ominous clouds on the other, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Clear skies on one side of the ridge, ominous clouds on the other.

Some of the local architecture, with A’ershan written in Chinese and Mongolian, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Some of the local architecture, with A’ershan written in Chinese and Mongolian.

One of the crater lakes in the forest park, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

One of the crater lakes in the forest park – previously the site of an eruption where ground water came in contact with magma.

Reeds and pine trees surround a crater lake, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Reeds and pine trees surround a crater lake.

Delicate flowers growing on lava rock. Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Delicate flowers growing on lava rock.

Flowers above one of the crater lakes, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Flowers above one of the crater lakes.

A green valley in the forest park, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

A green valley in the forest park.

Pink flowers, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Pink flowers.

Another of the crater lakes in the forest park, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Another of the crater lakes in the forest park.

Hikers by the lake, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Hikers by the lake.

We hiked up a path by a river to an observation platform, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

We hiked up a path by a a river to an observation platform.

Moss growing on a lava rock, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Moss growing on a lava rock.

A poor old reindeer in the park, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

A old reindeer in the park, not looking too happy.

Wild mushrooms, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Wild mushrooms.

Happy that the rain has stopped!, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Happy that the rain has stopped!

A big spider, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

A big spider.

Trees on a grassy slope, Beijing Hikers Aershantrip 2013/08/08

Trees on a grassy slope.

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