On a recent Thursday afternoon in Urad Rear Banner, a county-level administrative district in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region's western city of Bayannur, lively students of the Mongolian ethnic group added bright colors to the barren Yinshan Mountains scene.
This is the 10th in a regular series of reports brought together under the banner "Lost Horizons", which aim to show life in the less-reported areas of the country and to give a voice to those whose words often go unheard.
Chinese actor Wang Jingchun won the "Best Actor" award for his excellent performance in "To Live and Die in Ordos" at the 26th Tokyo Int'l Film Festival.
It was late September and the breathtaking scenery dyed in boundless golden color spread across the Greater Hinggan Mountains in the far northeastern district of Hulunbuir in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
As I travel from Genhe city to Hailar district in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region's most northeast area of Hulunbuir, I manage to squeeze in half a day to explore the mesmerizing Ergun Wetland.
On Saturday morning, one day before Chongyang Festival, which celebrates senior citizens in Chinese culture, I joined a group visit to a nursing home in the southern outskirts of Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
This is the wild northern grassland where Mongolian ponies bearing the sons and grandsons of the Great Khan had thundered on the warpath. It's a lot quieter these days and full of tasty surprises, as Pauline D. Loh discovers at the dinning table.
An autumn excursion into the foothills surrounding a city can yield quite a few surprises. Ventured out in Hohhot and get up close and personal with nature.