Below are some photos published by Sina.com from a contributing
photographer named Qingxidubu (清溪独步). His undated pictures depict
the Bashang Grassland in autumn.
The Bashang Grasslands, the nearest prairie destination from
Beijing, have long been one of the ideal sites to escape the hustle
and bustle in city life.
Located about 240 kilometers north of Beijing, the Bashang
Grasslands cover 350 square kilometers in Heibei Province.
The special climate and geographical position at the junction of
the North China Plain and the Inner Mongolia Grasslands give
Bashang its unique natural landscapes and make it a popular
destination for tourists and photographers.
Horse riding, camping, watching local wrestling competitions, or
staying in farmers' Mongolian yurts to eat roast whole sheep and
other plain foods, are the main attractions for visitors.
Vast lakes, and sunrises and sunsets over the grasslands provide
great views for city dwellers who've grown tired of the urban
Generally, the Bashang Grasslands include four parts: Fengning
Bashang, Zhangbei Bashang, Weichang Bashang and Guyuan Bashang. The
four parts are located in four different counties of Hebei
For visitors from Beijing, Fengning Bashang is the site that is
A few years ago, foreigners were forbidden to enter Bashang,
because it contains military installations. But recently the
numbers of both Chinese and foreign visitors have been increasing
Suggestions for travelers:
The underground water here is of bad quality. Plan to bring
enough drinking water for your stay.
Take a flashlight for walking on the grasslands in the evening
to gaze at the brilliant stars overhead. A flashlight will help you
find the right way to go back to your camp.
Horse riding fees are usually 26 yuan (US$3) per hour. Rent a
horse from the local legal travel agencies. Don't rent horses from
local farmers, though their prices are lower, to avoid any
How to get there:
If driving, go along Jingshun Road to the Kuliushu Roundabout
and then drive towards Huairou District. For the rest of the trip
follow the 111 National Road until you get to Fengning Town.
For bus travel, take the bus at the Sihui Bus Station
(65574804), Xizhimen long-distance bus station (64673094) or
Muxiyuan long-distance bus station (67267149). All the hotline
services are in Chinese only.
For Fengning tourism complaints call the following hotlines:
(China.org.cn October 25, 2007)