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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

In Brief: A selection of photos from our June 2015 trip to the Bashang Grasslands.

Far enough from Beijing to be worth the trip but still close enough to be a viable weekender, the Bashang Grasslands offer a taste of the Inner Mongolian plains without needing to go quite so far.

We do this trip several times a year, during what we think is the best season: June-September. Outside of that it’s much too cold to be fun!

These photos are from our June 2015 visit, when we had great weather for our two days of hiking about.

Hiking Guide Abu - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Hiking Guide Abu

The group assembled with some local horse near the start of our ridge walk - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

The group assembled with some local horse near the start of our ridge walk.

Blue skies and endless pastures give the are a very special feel - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Blue skies and endless pastures give the are a very special feel.

Enjoying the wild flowers and the great clouds - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Enjoying the wild flowers and the great clouds.

Flowers were starting to pop up everywhere - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Flowers were starting to pop up everywhere.

The views in every direction were stunning - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

The views in every direction were stunning.

Having a quick rest after a short climb - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Having a quick rest after a short climb.

Its no wonder the nomads like it up here in summer - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Its no wonder the nomads like it up here in summer.

Flowers everywhere - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Flowers everywhere.

We set off along the ridge being chased by the shadows of clouds - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

We set off along the ridge being chased by the shadows of clouds.

Some steep climbs saw the group stretch out a lot - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Some steep climbs saw the group stretch out a lot.

Looking back towards our starting point in the valley - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Looking back towards our starting point in the valley.

Hiking poles a wise choice for all those ups and downs - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Hiking poles a wise choice for all those ups and downs.

Hiking guide Simon - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Hiking guide Simon.

Endless hills - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Endless hills

Rolling hills, with small villages in the valleys - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Rolling hills, with small villages in the valleys.

Heading along the ridge towards wind turbines - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Heading along the ridge towards wind turbines.

Another small village - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Another small village.

Some rockier sections hadn’t quite sprouted the grass like lower down in the valley - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Some rockier sections hadn’t quite sprouted the grass like lower down in the valley.

Clouds and sky, something you don’t always see in Beijing - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Clouds and sky, something you don’t always see in Beijing.

Approaching the higher ground along the ridgeline - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Approaching the higher ground along the ridgeline.

A few forests break up the landscape and help stop erosion - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

A few forests break up the landscape and help stop erosion.

Heading down from the high point - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Heading down from the high point.

The weather couldn't have been much better - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

The weather couldn't have been much better.

A rill leads down to a farm - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

A rill leads down to a farm.

The final climb - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

The final climb.

It just keeps going up - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

It just keeps going up.

Two riders in the distance - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Two riders in the distance.

Just one more ridge to climb - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Just one more ridge to climb.

A tiny stream in the valley - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

A tiny stream in the valley.

A well earned snack break - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

A well earned snack break.

Magical views - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Magical views.

One very happy group - Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

One very happy group.

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