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Special trip photos – Bashang Grasslands, 2012/06

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For the Dragon Boat Festival holiday we headed north, to the Bashang Grasslands, for two days of hiking in the grassy rolling hills.

The Bashang prairie is a peaceful, beautiful place, home to nomads, grazing flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. At around about 1,300 metres above sea level, it's much cooler out there than it is in Beijing – a perfect way to escape the heat in Beijing.

We stayed in fairly rustic accommodations, and spent our time hiking and looking about, with some BBQ and motorbike riding thrown in as well!

Scroll down to see some photos from the hiking side of the trip.

green hills, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

Hiking through the rolling green hills.

nice views, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

From the crests of the hills, visibility was good and we got really good long views.

beautiful pink flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

Here’s a close up of some beautiful pink flowers that we saw.

grasslands, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

The grasslands were interspersed with forested land.

a rock near, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

An unusual looking beetle on a rock near the trail.

hillside, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

Hikers pause for a rest after climbing a big hill.

blooming flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

There was plenty to look at in the hills; blooming flowers provided especially nice photo opportunities.

The hike, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

Walking through the hills.

 flowers, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

In some places, the hillsides were dotted with flowers. Our hike took us up to the high point in the distance.

sheep, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

Some of the local farmers had huge flocks of sheep, some of which they marked for identification.

a lot of cute lambs, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

There were a lot of cute lambs in the flock, which were just adorable!

The farmers, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

The farmers release their cattle and sheep to roam and graze freely.

The cattle, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

The cattle also enjoy the nice weather and relax in the sun on the hillsides.

 ATVs, Beijing Hikers Bashang,June,2012

It was also a lot of fun to rent ATVs and ride around the countryside.