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Special Trip Photos - Bashang Grasslands, 2010/06/18

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In June 2010 we made a two day trip to the Bashang Grasslands in the north of Hebei Province, very close to Inner Mongolia.

We left Beijing on the afternoon of Friday June 18, and drove north, heading for the Fengning area of the Bashang Grasslands.

The Bashang Grasslands are sited on the junction of the Mongolian Plateau, the Inner Mongolia Grasslands, and the North China Plain. The average altitude of the area is 1,300m above sea level, making it much cooler than Beijing city - one of the main reasons that this is an excellent place to visit during summer!

The other main reasons to visit are the beautiful rolling hills and grasslands, which are great for hiking and horse-riding - we did plenty of that, and also got a good look at the local culture.

A selection of Huijie's photos from the trip can be seen below; we've got lots more for you to look at in our Bashang 2010 photo gallery.

Hiker on horseback, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

Ready to ride.

Walking along a ridge, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

Hiking and riding along a wooded ridge.

Hikers on the ridge, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

The hiking group, taking in the views from a ridge.

Ridgeline trail, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

We took a long ramble in the hills on the first day of the trip.

Trees, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

Trees on the slopes of the grasslands.

Wild deer, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

We spotted a wild deer on a faraway hill.

Hiking group, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

A friendly dog got in on our group shot.

Grassy hills, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

We continued our walk in the dense grass of the hills.

Horse riding, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

More horseriding, on our way back to the guesthouse.

Folk performances, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

On Saturday evening we had a whole sheep barbecued for us, and enjoyed a bonfire and folk performances.

Trees, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

Some hikers chose to camp out in a nice grove of trees.

Grass and flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang Grasslands Trip, June 18-20, 2010

On the Sunday we did some more hiking, before heading back to Beijing.