With temperatures 6–7°C lower than Beijing during the daytime, and 10°C lower in the evening, we experienced on this trip what Beijing will feel like in late autumn this year.
The scenery was a little different on this visit, with some autumn colours starting to show. There were still some flowers to see, as well as giant mushrooms!
Heading off on the first hike.
Horses on their patch of dirt.
We headed up into the rolling hills.
A view of the little settlement where we stayed.
On a visit earlier in the year, the fields in the distance were full of yellow flowers.
We followed a trail along a ridge.
We took a break on top of the ridge.
Not so many flowers at this time of year, but still plenty of grass!
A view back down the valley.
Time for another rest.
Colours in the hills.
Cows graze in the tall grass.
Trees and grass.
Resting on the ridge.
A view of the rolling hills.
Some walked; some rode horses.
Two hikers on horseback.
An unusual plant.
Heading up towards a rocky outcrop, we spotted something in the grass.
A bird takes flight while a horse watches.
Sunflowers in front of a mud brick house.
Another type of flower.
Horses and a pig.
A horse, roaming about the valleys.