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.
Flying the flag.
The rooftop of the guesthouse is a great spot to relax with a beer or two.
Cute kids from the village.
We hiked up into the hills.
A perfect day to be outside for a walk.
We took a break after we made it to the top of the ridge.
A photo of the hiking team.
We passed by fields of buckwheat after hiking down from Hundred-Flowers hill.
Wild flowers in the grass.
The grass had grown tall over summer.
Starting off on the Sunday hike.
Up on to a rocky ridge.
On the other side of the ridge we walked by a rill eroded by rain.
We stopped for a snack break before heading on.
We hiked past a village, and this elegant horse with a very long tail.
A ‘guard pig’.
From the village we hiked up and over another ridge.
Big clouds and blue skies.
We hiked past another friendly horse.