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Hiking photos - Bashang Grasslands, 2011/06/17

The Bashang Grasslands are sited on the junction of the Mongolian Plateau, the Inner Mongolia Grasslands, and the North China Plain. We drove out from Beijing to spend a long weekend hiking, horse-riding, and relaxing!

The rolling hills and grasslands are home to nomads and grazing flocks of sheep and herds of cows, and, with an average height of more than 1,300 metres above sea level, the grasslands on the plateau are higher than many of the mountains we hike while in Beijing. This means that the Bashang Grasslands are a great place to cool down during Beijing's hot summer.

On the ridgeline we spotted old Great Wall fortifications, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

On the way to Bashang, we drove through one of the main passes that leads from North China down to Beijing. On the ridgeline we spotted old Great Wall fortifications.

a farmer’s house, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

In the foreground, a farmer’s house; in the background, Great Wall made from rammed earth.

taking a break, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Hikers taking a break on a grassy slope.

Beautiful flowers, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Beautiful flowers, seen while hiking.

followed a ridgeline, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

The hike on the second day followed a ridgeline through the hills.

blooming flowers, and bugs hard at work, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

There was plenty to look at in the hills: blooming flowers, and bugs hard at work.

on the third day, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

The hike on the third day was a bit more hilly.

a wide variety of plant life, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

The grasslands are home to a wide variety of plant life.

At the peak, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

At the peak, some of the hikers take a break.

the pretty flowers, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

More of the pretty flowers.

Coming down from the top, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Coming down from the top.

Broad, grassy meadows, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Broad, grassy meadows.

Cattle, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Cattle, with plenty to graze on.

the hills roll on forever, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

In Bashang, the sky seems larger, and the hills roll on forever.

their pigs to roam freely, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

The locals allow their pigs to roam freely, and we bumped into a few while we were walking around.

didn’t get too close to, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

We didn’t get too close to this one.

rent horses, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

It’s possible to rent horses for a jaunt around the hills.

Sheep are very common, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Sheep are very common – Bashang is a great place to visit if you like to eat fresh meat.

A family of horses, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

A family of horses.

Trees and horses, Beijing Hikers BashangGrasslands, June17, 2011

Trees and horses near where we stayed.

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