In northern Inner Mongolia lie the Hulunbuir Grasslands, said to be some of the most well-preserved in the world.
We made a four-day trip in July, 2012, and spent our days walking about the prairie, and visiting small towns on the Sino-Russian border where we saw a curious mixture of Chinese and Russian culture.
Scroll down to see photos of grassland scenery, small towns, and horses, herders, and hikers!
A local horseman herds his flock of sheep on the grassland. These grasslands make fine grazing grounds for livestock.
Rapeseed flowers cover the hills.
Fields full of flowers.
Local herdsman on horseback.
A mare and colt frolic in the grass.
More fields of flowers.
Our group poses in front of cultivated fields in bloom..
We hiked in the hills around the grasslands.
We saw a lot of different flowers.
Green grass; white puffy clouds – a classic grasslands scene.
More fields of rapeseed flowers. Rapeseed is used to make canola oil.
We had a meal in a Russian-style cabin.
A horse and rider on a street in a small grasslands town.
A grasslands-style hot rod.
A river leads to a small border town.
Cows cross over.
We visited a breadmaker to stock up.
A stream runs through the grasslands.
We did some more hiking in the grasslands.
We climbed up on to a ridge to get better views of the grasslands.
A herd of cows.
A delivery of potatoes and onions.
We arranged a performance of traditional Mongolian music.
A singer in traditional garb.
The singers were accompanied by horse-head fiddle.
The other singer.
The traditional horse-head fiddle, and a not-so-traditional hat.