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Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

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

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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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