Day5: July 9, Duolun-Yudaokou-Jixielinchang, 100km
It’s another sunny day. We were going to arrive our final destination, Saihanba National Forest Park. We got up early and had some Mogolian breakfast in the restaurant we patronized yesterday. Today’s journey was the easiest. We arrived at Yudaokou soon. After we had our lunch, turned north, we began to march to Saihanba.
our Mongolia breakfast
scenery on the way
Border of Inner Mongolia and Hebei Province
Riding to Saihanba was enjoyable. The road was in good quality and we still rode before the wind. What’s more, not like the way to Duolun, there were lot of flowers, butterflies, cows instead of pure grass. The hight is about 1500 here, not very high, but it not easy for us to come here from Beijing which is only tens of meters above the sea level. At a down slope, I refeshed my speed record: 62.5km/h!
On the way to Jixielinchang
At about four o’clock, July 9, 2008, An Bo and I reached at Jixielinchang successfully, with a distance of 540km.
We lived in a inn called Red Moon Inn, which provided imitative Mongolian yurts. “Extreme joy begets sorrow”, as the saying goes. When we were hanging around in the town excitedly, An Bo tried to jump over a deceleration bar but failed with tumbling. What we can do now was only sitting down peacefully to enjoy Bashang barbecue. Ok, that’s the end of today.
We’ve rolled 540km from Beijing
Street barbecue. This guy behaved dishonestly when we checked out
Day6: July 10, Jixielinchang-Ulanbutong-General Pond-Ulanbutong-Jixielinchang, 20km×2
Today we made a round trip to Army Horse Ranch and General Pool, both located in Ulanbutong. I’ll write brief description under each photos instead of writting essay here.
The Source of Luanhe River
The General Tong Guogang, uncle of Kangxi Emperor, sacrificed in the battle against rebel army
The rock pile called Obo, which is something religious in Mogolian culture
Obos are used for sacrifice now, but their initial usage were showing directions or territory. It is said you will be lucky if you walk three circles clockwise and three circles counterclockwise around it.
The Grassland of Ulanbutong. We planned to try ridding horses, but the expense was too expensive.
The Grassland of Ulanbutong. The weather was not very good
Unfortunately, the desertification is frightening the beautiful grassland
Imitative Ancient military camp. Yurts are special houses for Mongolian and other nomadic groups on the grassland because they are easily to be moved.
It’s a sea of flowers. However, hundreds of years ago, the beautiful grassland was cruel battlefield of Qing dynasty and their rebel army.
The General Pond was named in honor of General Tong Guogang. As I’ve told you, he died in the battle against rebel army from west. It is said this is the most beautiful place of the area. but I don’t think so.
An Bo and his bike
And this is my bike
Archery is a popular and necessary skill for Mongolian people. You can have a try here.
The left target was An Bo’s, and the right one was mine…
In the Mongolian yurt. The people in the paint was Genghis Khan, a great Mongolian leader who expanded Yuan’s territory to today’s Europe and built the largest empire in human history.
On our way back to Jixielinchang, a heavey shower suddenly came. We even didn’t have one more second to find a shelter. It was the first rain since we left Liulimiao.
Back to Jixielinchang, we ate a roast lamb leg
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