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Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

In Brief: Photos from our July 2016 weekender at the Bashang Grasslands.

After the five hour drive from Beijing, we were welcomed in the traditional Mongolian style: songs, and a shot of “Baijiu” to drink.

After we found our rooms and settled in we soon were invited to dinner for a delicious taste of local cuisine and some entertainment in the form of singing, dance and music.

On the second day we got up early and set out for a long hike after breakfast. The hike started out soft on a dirt road, but soon enough it got steep as we stepped onto the turf. The grassy hills are endless – a pleasant change of scenery to city people, which most of us are.

Another highlight on this trip is the grilled lamb meal in the evening on day two. You’ll find at least one photo of that in here as well.

We conduct this trip several times every summer. As this part of Bashang is on an altitude of approximately 1,000 meters, it’s a good way to escape Beijing summer heat!

Plenty of dishes to choose from at dinner! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Plenty of dishes to choose from at dinner!

The meals are perfect for getting to know each other better - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

The meals are perfect for getting to know each other better

Performance of Mongolian music - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Performance of Mongolian music

Everyone having fun learning some new customs - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Everyone having fun learning some new customs

A very warm welcome to the Grasslands - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

A very warm welcome to the Grasslands

The easiest part of the hike! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

The easiest part of the hike on the second day!

Pressing on, up the hill - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Pressing on, up the hill

Rescuing a little bird? - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Rescuing a little bird?

On the top - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

We followed a trail up a ridge, heading for a high point

It’s steep for a little bit at the highest point of the long hike - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Rocks and flowers near the top

Everyone together - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Group shot at the top

Hikers making their way down from the highest point - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Hikers making their way down from the highest point

The group spread out a little as we made our way back down - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

The group spread out a little as we made our way back down

On the way home for the night - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

On the way home for the night

Whole, grilled lamb for dinner on day two – delicious! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Whole, grilled lamb for dinner on day two – delicious! And of course Driver Ye has an opinion on how it should be cooked.

We went for a shorter hike on the last day of the trip – we were a bit sore from the previous day! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

We went for a shorter hike on the last day of the trip – we were a bit sore from the previous day!

Rounding another hill - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Rounding another hill

Endless grasslands - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Endless grasslands

We even saw some horses grazing - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

We even saw some horses grazing

Time for some stretching - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Time for some stretching

Finally the sun broke through! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Finally the sun broke through!

Fields of flowers, such beauty! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Fields of flowers, such beauty!

Pretty, and rare flowers are everywhere out there. One just need to pay attention! - Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Pretty, and rare flowers are everywhere out there. One just need to pay attention!

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