The 2nd China Inner Mongolia International Archery Competition came to a close on Monday in Wu La Gai, an administrative district of Xinlin Gol League in China’s northern Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Holding a glass of red wine and wandering in the underground cellar packed with more than 1,600 oak barrels, Frenchman Bruno Paumard stops from time to time to sniff and sip. He touches the barrels gently, as if caressing his baby.
Driving from the league's capital Xilinhot, I see the landscape spread out before me like a green carpet decorated with wild flowers.
Norbu wears presbyopic glasses and stares at a tiny piece of wood. Beads of sweat ooze from his forehead when he focuses on carving the wood.
About 20 kilometers from the Sino-Mongolian border, yurts are scattered around the vast greenness of one of the best-known pasturelands in the region.