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Easy hikes and walks in Beijing

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Departure date: February 18–19 (Sun–Mon)

CNY Overnight: Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Chinese New Year is the best time of year to visit Yu County. Book in early, this trip will be popular!

Almost four hours’ drive northwest of Beijing city is Yu County, home to ancient pagodas, temples, pavilions, and large gates and plaques inside fortified walled towns that preserve traces of the Zhou, Liao, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.

On this two-day trip to the area you’ll walk the streets of well-preserved Yuxian Ancient City, visiting the pavilions and pagodas, as well as visiting Jimingyi, the remnants of a Ming Dynasty postal relay center. And, on the first evening, we’ll take in a performance that includes Da Shu Hua, a 300-year old local tradition that translates as ‘Beating Trees into Flowers’ and results in molten iron being flung against the city walls in lieu of a fireworks display!

We did some extra scouting for this trip and found a nice countryside walk to do on the last day, a good way to see what it’s like in really rural China.

Note: we’ll be outside quite a bit, and the weather is sure to be freezing – bring all the warm clothes you’ve got, and then bring a few extra layers just in case!

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Departure date: Tuesday, February 20

Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

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For this very easy stroll we will travel to Yanqing County to visit the valley where we’ll find an ancient interconnected series of cave dwellings. This trip is suitable for children (no pushchairs, though) – it’s very easy, and the sight of the cave dwellings is sure to spark the imagination.

After visiting the caves we’ll get an early dinner out in the country before heading for the Longqingxia Ice Festival, where we’ll see all the amazing ice sculptures and lanterns – perhaps not quite as amazing as the Harbin Festival, but definitely not as cold!

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Departure date: March 3–4 (Sat–Sun)

Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Lantern Festival Special!

Almost four hours’ drive northwest of Beijing city is Yu County, home to ancient pagodas, temples, pavilions, and large gates and plaques inside fortified walled towns that preserve traces of the Zhou, Liao, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.

On this two-day trip to the area you’ll see the rowdy and colourful Lantern Festival street parade and take in a performance that includes Da Shu Hua, a 300-year old local tradition that translates as ‘Beating Trees into Flowers’ and results in molten iron being flung against the city walls in lieu of a fireworks display! We’ll walk the streets of well-preserved Nuanquan Ancient Town, visiting the old forts and temples, as well as visiting Jimingyi, the remnants of a Ming Dynasty postal relay center.

Note: we’ll be outside quite a bit, and the weather is sure to be freezing – bring all the warm clothes you’ve got, and then bring a few extra layers just in case!

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Incense smoke wafts from an incense burner at Tanzhe Temple
Departure date: Sunday, March 25

Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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On this trip, you’ll get some good—but not tough—exercise, and will have plenty of time to look around Tanzhe Temple. You’ll also get a great meal of Chinese food at one of the restaurants just outside the temple. We begin the day with an investigation of an almost empty hillside village not far from the temple, walking the alleys and lanes and looking about abandoned courtyard houses before a scenic stroll along a road in the hills above the village. After that, we drive to Tanzhesi for a tour of the temple and Pagoda Forest. An excellent mixture of sightseeing and exercise, with autumn colours in the hills!

Price of the hike includes the 55 RMB entrance fee at Tanzhe Temple.

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Hike schedule: easy hikes

Departure date: February 18–19 (Sun–Mon)
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CNY Overnight: Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Departure date: Tuesday, February 20
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Longqingxia Ice Festival and Tang Dynasty Caves

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Departure date: March 3–4 (Sat–Sun)
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Yu County’s Ancient Walled Towns and Fireworks of Molten Iron

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Departure date: Sunday, March 25
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Tanzhe Temple and the Abandoned Village

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Trip dates: February 17–20, 2018

Fenghuang Ancient Town and Fanjing Mountain (4 days)

In Brief: See Hunan’s beautiful Fenghuang Ancient Town; summit Guizhou’s 2,572m Fanjing Mountain; see Tujia and Miao customs and culture.

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Trip dates: February 27–March 2, 2018

Labrang Monastery’s ‘Unveiling the Buddha’ Ceremony, Xiahe, Gansu Province

In Brief: Visit Xiahe to witness a giant Buddha tapestry being unveiled on the hillside above Labrang Monastery and to join the crowds watching the lively performances in the town square. Trip also includes hikes and walks in nearby grassland areas.

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Terraced hills covered with flowers
Trip dates: March 15–18, 2018

Wuyuan ‘Fields of Flowers’, Jiangxi Province

In Brief: See fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

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