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Hiking photos - Bashang Grassland trip, 2011/07/29-31

For this weekend trip we visited the Bashang Grasslands, found north of Beijing near the border of Hebei Province and Inner Mongolia. Everyone had a good time on this trip, with the horseback riding and the grassland walking especially enjoyable. We saw a lot of wildflowers, and have been able to identify a few after consulting our books.

It’s a very nice place to visit during the hot summer in Beijing, as everyone wants get away from the heat and the humidity in the city.

The temperature is 6–7°C lower than Beijing during the daytime, and 10°C lower in the evening. It also has better air quality and more blue sky! We saw many stars here in the evening that we usually cant see from the city.

Nice grassland walk, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Nice grassland walk!

Hiking down from the top of the hill, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Hiking down from the top of the hill to the road where the rapeseed flower fields are.

Hiking down the hills, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Hiking down the hills.

beautiful weather, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011 Rolling hills walk on the second day; beautiful weather.

the ridge, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Hiking along the ridge.

Rapeseed flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Rapeseed flowers.

on a hill ridge, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Our group was resting and enjoying the view on a hill ridge.

cow boy, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Local “cowboy” with his horse came along for the ride.

Blue sky, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Blue sky.

A cute cat , Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

A cute cat at the village.

The shepherd and his sheep, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

The shepherd and his sheep.

the very peak, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Hiking up to the highest point, over 1900 metres above sea level.

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

1. Twocolor Sealavander (Limonium bicolor, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
2. Rush Sandwort (Arenaria juncea, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
3. China Pink (Dianthus chinensis, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
4. Nakestem Poppy (Papaver nudicaule).

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

1. Orange Sugarmustard (Erysimum bungei).
2. China Pink (Dianthus chinensis, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
3. Wild chrysanthemum (Dendranthema indicum [L] Des Moul).
4. Not sure!

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

1. Aizoon Phedimus (Phedimus aizoon, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
2. Dahur Cranebill (Geranium dahuricum,Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
3. Not sure!
4. Knotweed Family (Polygonacea, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

1. Sesamum indicum DC, (Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
2. Largeflower Larkspur (Delphinium grandiflorum,Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
3. Not sure!
4. Broadleaf Globethistle (Echinops latifolius, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

1. China Thorowax (Bupleurum chinense, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
2. Fringed Pink (Dianthus superbus).
3., 4. Not sure!

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

1. Japanese Motherwort (Leonurus japonicas, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
2. Linearleaf Speedwell (Veronica linariifolia, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
3. Tall Cadybell (Adenophora, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine).
4. China Bluebasin (Scabiosa tschiliensis).

another way, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

On the way back we took another driving route, passing different scenery.

Local Shrines, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Local shrines.

flower fields, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grassland, July29, 2011

Rapeseed flower fields.

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