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Special trip photos - Hulunbuir Prairie, 2011/07/14

Hulunbuir is known as the most beautiful grassland in China, and we think it's also one of the most beautiful grasslands in the world. Cooler and cleaner air, nice locals, and interesting northern Chinese culture and the remote grassland scenery were the highlights of this trip.

We visited a few very scenic locations on the grasslands, got very close to the border of China and Russia, and visited Manzhouli City. For some reason, Manzhouli is promoted as mainland China's “little Hong Kong”. We took a few photos while in Manzhouli - if you've been to Hong Kong you'll be able to judge if it lives up to the name!

Next year we'll go back and discover more!

The wet land, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

The wetlands at Eerguna.

Walking along the countryside road, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Walking along the countryside road and enjoying the grassland view.

our team photo background, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

The Eerguna wetland park has fantastic scenery - a very nice background for a photo!

taking a break, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

A good spot for a rest.

Nice countryside walk, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Nice countryside walk with many beautiful wild flowers.

Beautiful view everywhere, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

We did a bit of extra walking on this trip, beautiful views everywhere.

Photo time, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Photo time.

Rapeseed flower field, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Rapeseed flower field on the grasslands.

Eerguna river, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Parts of the Eerguna river form the border of China and Russia

Comfortable grass land walk, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Nice easy walking on the prairie.

Sheep, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Sheep are enjoying their nice lunch.

Local nomads, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

A nomad family's tent.

Countryside walks, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Our walk took us past a copse of birch trees.

flower fields, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Rapeseed flower fields.

Beautiful scenery, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Beautiful scenery.

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

1. Veronica Sibirica, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
2. Vesper Swordflag (Iris dichotoma).
3. Shady Groundsel (Senecio nemorensis), Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
4. Nakestem poppy(Papaver nudicaule).

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

1., 2. Spiked Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria).
3. Reinorchis (Gymnadenia conopsea), Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
4. Veronica spicata.

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

1. Small Yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis minor), Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
2. Shorthair Cowparsnip (Heracleum moellendorffii).
3. Dahur Cranebill (Geranium dahuricum), Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
4. Common Catdaisy (Hypocharis coliata).

Wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

1. Shorthair Cowparsnip (Heracleum moellendorffii).
2. Not sure!
3. Stout Morningstar Lily (Liliumm concolor var. pulchellum).
4. Not sure!

 A boy is holding his wild rabbit, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

This boy said the rabbit was a pet. His family from moved up from Jiangxi Province (in South China) in May. They're travelling beekeepers, setting up hives and selling honey and Royal Jelly to travellers and local honey industry vendors.

Enhe village, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

An innnovative approach to street sweeping at Enhe Village.

Our hikers are quite unique to the locals, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

We were popular with locals.

Manzhouli city, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Happy bears (and hikers) in Manzhouli City.

Typical Russian family house, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Typical Russian family house.

Russian style dinner, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

In Manzhouli we enjoyed a Russian-style dinner.

Shiwei village, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

We took a photo with our hosts at Shiwei Village.

Local performance, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Local performance.

A interesting looking old man, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

A interesting looking old man who lives at Enhe Village.

Manzhouli City square, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Manzhouli City Square.

Enhe Museum, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Enhe Museum.

Grass land walk, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Grassland walk.

Friendly camel, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Friendly camel.

Photo time, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Photo time.

the border river, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Cross the river and you're in Russia.

 Beautiful landscape, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Beautiful landscape.

Nice scenery, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Nice scenery.

Photo time, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Photo time.

Group photo, Beijing Hikers Hailar, July014, 2011

Group photo.

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