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Hulun Buir Grassland 4 Days’ Trip
Driver and guide: Xin Gang
Guide assistant and interpreter: Youxi (me)
Cook: Shu shu and Shen shen
Adventurers: Arwed, Lina and Felix
游客：Arwed, Lina and Felix
July 10 – July 13 2017
Day 1: Moving stones and digging mud
Day 2: Horse riding Vs. Fishing
第二天： 骑马 Vs. 钓鱼
Day 3: Mongolian style
Day 4: Farewell dumplings
Day 1: July 10, 2017 (2017年7月10日)
Moving stones and digging mud
Xin Gang and I picked up Arwed, Lina and Felix at 8:30am at their hotel in Hailar.
Xin Gang told us that this year the grassland was affected by the drought and the grass may not be that green and tall, so the past days had been great weather for the grass since it had been raining.
Today, we could feel that the rain may drop anytime, but it didn’t really dissapointed us, we were all super excited to head to the grassland.
We drove about 1 hour and reached at the Mori Gele grassland.
We took the walk in the borderless and beautiful grassland.
There were horses, cows and sheep running wild in the grassland.
We could tell the grass was not that fully grow but it was still pretty.
We walked about 2 hours and got to know each other a bit.
At lunch time, we arrived the Ergun river and saw our portable kitchen with Shushu and Shenshen.
Shenshen made the most delicious Zhajiangmian. We also tasted different side dishes and the vegetables were all so fresh.
Even the Hailar beer was tasty!!
Dessert was fruits and sunflower seeds!
Arwed, Lina and Felix have mastered the skills of eating sunflower seeds!
Arwed, Lina 和Felix 已经掌握了吃瓜子的技能了！
After a small break, we drove on top of a small hill and saw aobao.
It was mainly piled up by stones or sand soil, and sometimes you can see aobao made by tree branches as well. They were everywhere in Mongolia. They were used as signs for roads and borders, nowadays they have become a ritual symbol for legend of mountain and road, harvest and happiness.
On top of the hill, it was unbelievable windy!! I felt I might be blown away
Then we went to the spot where the movie, Xunlongjue was shot.
Around 3pm, we hit our road to the other side of the grassland
where our camp is.
Then our car got stuck in the mud.
Firstly, Xin Gang tried to use stones to pave the way. We all got off the car and started to collect stones.
It didn’t work.
Then Xin Gang went to ask for help.
In the meanwhile, four of us joked about this black hole.
After an hour, Xingang came back with only a shovel.
Shoveled the mud out and paved with stones again.
Unfortunately, still didn’t work.
Around 7pm, Xin Gang went to call for help again.
The rest of us started to entertain ourselves again. We also tried to stop cars for help. But no hope.
Finally, Xin Gang came back with the smallest tractor with the rope.
We tried several times, and the car was pulled out!!
We were exhausted and starving, but we certainly did laugh a lot.
Great teamwork and good bonding experience.
How can you call it adventure if nothing unexpected happened?
Around 9pm, we made it to the campsite.
Dinner was lamb, Chinese pies and different dishes.
Our first day’s adventure ends with jokes and laughs.
“We laughed more than moving the stones and digging the mud.” –Arwed
July 11, 2017 (2017年7月11日) Horse riding Vs. Fishing
骑马 Vs. 钓鱼
Day 2, the weather was just perfect.
After a bit late breakfast, we did the horse riding.
In the noon, we packed our snacks and headed to the fishing place.
The guys enjoyed their fishing, and we enjoyed taking selfies with the fish. 🙂
When we were fishing, the rain dropped whenever a dark cloud passed by. So we could constantly see rainbow.
Can you see the double rainbow?
After Felix and Lina went back to the Mongolian tent to rest, I joined the fishing team with Xin Gang and Arwed.
I finally caught a small fish after 2.5 hours’ struggle.
A decent fish with a decent size.
We discovered a small desert next to the fishing spot.
Yes, where is the grass in the grassland?
For dinner, Shushu and Shenshen prepared us the most delicious lamb.
Each bite, you realized how beautiful life was.
July 12, 2017 (2017年7月10日) Mongolian style
We went to Daqingshan on the third day morning.
Drought led to desertification.
The view was still beautiful but the desertification has become serious.
It was superrrrr windy on the top.
Local people come here to carry on spiritual ceremony. We were told that women were not allowed to pray on top of this mountain during the ceremony, so they tie hada on the fences on the bottom to pray for a good year.
It was said that this is the stone tomb of Genghis Khan’s wife Borte.
If Borte’s tomb is on top of this mountain, why can’t other women pray here?
From the top of Daqingshan,
we witnessed the horses doing sand bathing.
It was a beautiful sight.
For lunch, we headed to the riverbank and had barbecue there.
Our rich and healthy lunch in the grassland.
Then we went to the place of Xin Gang’s uncle
and tasted all kinds of milk products.
Later on, we all tried Mongolian costumes to take photos.
Look at us, we eat like Mongolian, dress up like Mongolian
and we even feel like Mongolian too!
After a quick dinner back at our camp spot, we had a nice walk and enjoyed the sunset with the beautiful horses.
Arwed had a nice ride as well!! 😛
Day 4 July 13, 2017 (2017年7月13日)
In the morning, we realized how fast these days had passed.
How much fun we all had together.
For breakfast, Shenshen prepared handmade dumplines.
She said, eating dumplings symbolizes the next reunion.
Well, making dumplings in the grassland was something very unique.
It’s so tasty!!
Before we had to say goodbye to the beautiful grassland,
we said bye to the horses and took some crazy pictures.
Dear beef and mutton, we will miss you!
Our camp spot, we will miss you!
Our portable kitchen, we will miss you!
We will miss you!
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