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Special trip photos – Hulunbuir Grasslands, 2012/07

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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!

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A local horseman herds his flock of sheep on the grassland. These grasslands make fine grazing grounds for livestock.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

Rapeseed flowers cover the hills.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

Fields full of flowers.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

Local herdsman on horseback.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A mare and colt frolic in the grass.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

More fields of flowers.

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Our group poses in front of cultivated fields in bloom..

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

We hiked in the hills around the grasslands.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

We saw a lot of different flowers.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

Green grass; white puffy clouds – a classic grasslands scene.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

More fields of rapeseed flowers. Rapeseed is used to make canola oil.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

We had a meal in a Russian-style cabin.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A horse and rider on a street in a small grasslands town.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A grasslands-style hot rod.

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Taxidermy exhibit.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A river leads to a small border town.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

Cows cross over.

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Lunch time!

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We visited a breadmaker to stock up.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A stream runs through the grasslands.

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We did some more hiking in the grasslands.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

We climbed up on to a ridge to get better views of the grasslands.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A herd of cows.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A delivery of potatoes and onions.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

We arranged a performance of traditional Mongolian music.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

A singer in traditional garb.

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The singers were accompanied by horse-head fiddle.

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The other singer.

, Beijing Hikers Hulunbuir,July15,2012

The traditional horse-head fiddle, and a not-so-traditional hat.