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Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

In Brief: Photos of hills, horses, and hikers taken on our August 2014 trip to the Bashang Grasslands.

Beijing gets hot in August, but luckily there are cooler places to visit, not too far away.

In early August we did a weekend trip to the Bashang Grasslands, a 5 hour drive north of Beijing.

Further north it's cooler, making Bashang a popular place to visit and escape the summer heat.

We drove out on Friday afternoon and spent Saturday hiking and horse-riding, before a BBQ and bonfire on Saturday night.

On Sunday we woke up early for a hike up to a nearby peak, passing through a little village on the way to the end.

Below you’ll see Tina’s photos of hikers, hills, horses, fields, and flowers!

We were welcomed with a traditional ceremony - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We were welcomed with a traditional ceremony.

Flying the flag - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Flying the flag.

The rooftop of the guesthouse is a great spot to relax with a beer or two - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

The rooftop of the guesthouse is a great spot to relax with a beer or two.

Cute kids from the village - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Cute kids from the village.

We hiked up into the hills - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We hiked up into the hills.

A perfect day to be outside for a walk - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

A perfect day to be outside for a walk.

We took a break after we made it to the top of the ridge - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We took a break after we made it to the top of the ridge.

A photo of the hiking team - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

A photo of the hiking team.

We passed by fields of buckwheat after hiking down from Hundred-Flowers hill - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We passed by fields of buckwheat after hiking down from Hundred-Flowers hill.

Wild flowers in the grass - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Wild flowers in the grass.

The grass had grown tall over summer - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

The grass had grown tall over summer.

Starting off on the Sunday hike - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Starting off on the Sunday hike.

Up on to a rocky ridge - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Up on to a rocky ridge.

On the other side of the ridge we walked by a rill eroded by rain - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

On the other side of the ridge we walked by a rill eroded by rain.

We stopped for a snack break before heading on - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We stopped for a snack break before heading on.

We hiked past a village, and this elegant horse with a very long tail - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We hiked past a village, and this elegant horse with a very long tail.

A ‘guard pig’ - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

A ‘guard pig’.

From the village we hiked up and over another ridge - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

From the village we hiked up and over another ridge.

Big clouds and blue skies - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Big clouds and blue skies.

We hiked past another friendly horse - Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

We hiked past another friendly horse.

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