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Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

In Brief: A set of photos from our August 2015 visit to the Bashang Grasslands – see shots of hikers, horses, hills, and big blue skies.

Hiking in the Bashang Grasslands - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Hiking in the Bashang Grasslands.

The Bashang Grasslands are a favourite spot for a weekend escape during the summer, far enough north from Beijing that the temperatures are sometimes 10°C cooler.

We head out a few times a year, arriving late on a Friday night and doing two half-days of hiking and other activities in the area before coming back to Beijing.

There are good hikes in the hills of the grasslands, and there's also the chance to hire horses for a wee bit of riding.

On this visit in 2015 the weather was perfect for hiking: cool, clear, and sunny.

Photos below!

Starting out on a hike - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Starting out on a hike

Following dirt trails through the rolling hills - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Following dirt trails through the rolling hills.

Following a trail up the valley - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Following a trail up the valley.

We hiked up on to this ridge - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

We hiked up on to the ridge in the background.

Nice views up here - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Nice views up here.

Hiking up the ridge, heading for a high point - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Hiking up the ridge, heading for a high point.

Getting closer to the top - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Getting closer to the top.

We made the climb up to a rocky peak - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

We made the climb up to a rocky peak.

Up on top - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Up on top.

From the peak we walked around through ‘100 Flowers Valley’ - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

From the peak we walked around through ‘100 Flowers Valley’.

The clouds came over – looked like we might get wet, but no rain - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

The clouds came over – looked like we might get wet, but no rain.

Hikers up on the ridge - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Hikers up on the ridge.

At the guesthouse we invited local musicians to perform for us - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Back at the guesthouse, we arranged for some local musicians to perform for us.

They played some Mongolian folk songs - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

They played some Mongolian folk songs.

Bikes for rent at our guesthouse - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Bikes for rent at our guesthouse.

The main course for dinner on Saturday - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

The main course for dinner on Saturday.

Sunset over the grasslands - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Sunset over the grasslands.

We watched sunset from the roof of the guesthouse - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

We watched sunset from the roof of the guesthouse.

Bonfire - Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

The evening ended with a bonfire.

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