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.
A view from the hills above A’ershan Town.
Hill walking near Rose Peak.
We spotted a spider.
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.
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.
Delicate flowers growing on lava rock.
Flowers above one of the crater lakes.
A green valley in the forest park.
Another of the crater lakes in the forest park.
Hikers by the lake.
We hiked up a path by a a river to an observation platform.
Moss growing on a lava rock.
A old reindeer in the park, not looking too happy.
Happy that the rain has stopped!
A big spider.
Trees on a grassy slope.