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Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

In Brief: Photos from a trip through the Hulunbuir Grasslands in Inner Mongolia.

In the heat of summer the cool and calm grasslands of Inner Mongolia are a great escape from Beijing.

Although we’ve noticed the area getting more and more commercialised, it’s still a fun trip with a lot to see - as well as the grasslands, it’s interesting to see the Russian influence on food and culture in the border towns.

See the photos below for the story of the trip.

A local herdsman dressed in traditional costume - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A local herdsman dressed in traditional costume.

Hiking guide Yanjing trying it out. Looks like a good fit! - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Hiking guide Yanjing trying it out. Looks like a good fit!

Chatting with a shepherd beside a yurt - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Chatting with a shepherd beside a yurt.

Wild mushrooms, but not sure if they were edible. At least nobody tried to eat them - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Wild mushrooms, but not sure if they were edible. At least none of us tried to eat them.

Horse in the grass - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Horse in the grass.

We walked over for a closer look at the horses - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

We walked over for a closer look at the horses.

Classic grassland scenery - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Classic grassland scenery.

Interesting succulents - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Interesting succulents.

A shepherd using his motorbike to herd sheep - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A shepherd using his motorbike to herd sheep.

A camouflaged grasshopper - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A camouflaged grasshopper.

Beautiful pink flowers - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Beautiful pink flowers.

A park area with a viewing platform of the Erguna Wetlands - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A park area with a viewing platform of the Erguna Wetlands.

Rivers meandering through forested areas - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Rivers meandering through forested areas.

Group photo on the viewing platform - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Group photo on the viewing platform.

This kind of river feature is sometimes called an Oxbow or Crescent - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

This kind of river feature is sometimes called an Oxbow or Crescent.

Is it a squirrel or a chipmunk? - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Is it a squirrel or a chipmunk?

Sunset over the grasslands - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Sunset over the grasslands.

Clouds and flowers - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Clouds and flowers.

We walked through a farming area, with rolls of hay baled up - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

We walked through a farming area, with rolls of hay baled up.

A closer look at the haybales - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A closer look at the haybales.

Blue skies and green grass - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Blue skies and green grass.

We thought these were a type of dandelion - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

We thought these were a type of dandelion.

A simple but tasty meal at a farmhouse - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A simple but tasty meal at a farmhouse.

Thanks for lunch! - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Thanks for lunch!

While walking about we bumped into some cows on the way to the milking shed. A lot of milk is produced in the area - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

While walking about we bumped into some cows on the way to the milking shed. A lot of milk is produced in the area.

Hand-made crafts in a village house - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Hand-made crafts in a village house.

We visited a reserve and met a moose - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

We visited a reserve and met a moose.

A view of the grasslands - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A view of the grasslands.

A really nice spot for a rest - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A really nice spot for a rest.

Flocks of birds over the wetlands - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Flocks of birds over the wetlands.

A farm track through the grasslands - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A farm track through the grasslands.

A nomad settlement - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

A nomad settlement.

Carriages used to transport the yurts - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Carriages used to transport the yurts.

Wonder where this camel came from? - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Wonder where this camel came from?

Yurts by the river - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Yurts by the river.

Local children and their father out for a walk by the yurts - Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Local children and their father out for a walk by the yurts.

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