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Big Camp Plate, 2017/3/18

Big Camp Plate, 2017/3/18

Lovely mild weather and reasonably clear skies meant this was a most pleasant hike up into the hills on the border of Beijing.

We walked up from the main road, then turned into the hills to hike up to the Great Wall. The hike down the wall took us into a narrow canyon, then out into the fields below Big Plate Camp village.

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Jiankou Big West Great Wall, 2017/3/11

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2017/3/11

The wall on the west side of Jiankou is a little less extreme than the steep and broken sections on the east side, but the views are just as good and you don’t need bouldering skills to make it through. It’s still steep in a few places, though.

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Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2017/3/09

Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2017/3/09

On this hike we followed part of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall towards the reservoir at the Little West Lake. We hiked field trails to get on to the wall at Zhuangdaokou, and then followed an unrepaired section up into the mountains. Click through to see the photos!

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2017/3/08

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2017/3/08

The Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike is popular because you get a look at both repaired and unrepaired Great Wall.

We start off at Jiankou, with dramatic views of steep and unrepaired Great Wall, and finish at Mutianyu, where the wall has been repaired and looks like it might have when first built way back in the Ming Dynasty.

On this visit we had clear air and blue skies, which is great for photography – click through to see the shots!

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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/05

We’ve been doing this walk since the early days of Beijing Hikers, and we know the area pretty well. That’s lucky, because it seems like there’s a surprise waiting every visit – a new fence, a new road, a trail so overgrown you can’t see it any more ... all kinds of things that require a detour to get back on track.

On this visit we found one new fence blocking the usual path, and the beginnings of a new road cut through the middle of a section that is usually heavily overgrown. There was also a nice surprise – a new trail up to a high point with excellent views.

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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop, 2017/2/25

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Loop, 2017/2/25

There’s a line of Ming Dynasty-era (1368-1644) Great Wall that runs through the mountains in the northwest of Beijing, and Zhenbiancheng is right at the far western end of it.

The wall here is fairly rough; weathered since initial construction, damaged during war, and parts of the wall here were also visited by people who ‘borrowed’ bricks to build houses in nearby villages.

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Hemp Village and the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/2/18

Hemp Village and the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/2/18

After the long walk into Hemp Village we hiked up into the hills to get a look at the Great Wall, following field trails beside the wall before climbing up on to it at Gubeikou. With lovely clear skies and long views this was a great day out on the Great Wall.

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Unveiling the Buddha at Labrang Monastery, Gansu, 2017/02

‘Unveiling the Buddha’ at Labrang Monastery, Gansu, 2017/02

The Great Prayer Festival is an important date on the Tibetan calendar, and the ceremonies at Labrang Monastery in Xiahe are particularly well-attended. We mixed in with the crowds of pilgrims at the festival to see the ‘unveiling of the Buddha’, plus performances of the Cham Dance and various temple rituals.

With the monks in full costume, and the crowds of locals all there for the festival, the trip was colourful and exciting – click through to see all the photos.

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Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain, 2017/2/11

Zhuangdaokou to Moss Mountain, 2017/2/11

We made our Moss Mountain hike a little longer by starting at Zhuangdaokou instead of walking right up to the Walled Village. Hiking a bit further was the right choice on this day, because the weather was perfect.

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2017/1/30

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2017/1/30

We had a lovely and mild blue sky day for this Spring Festival walk along the Great Wall at Gubeikou, giving excellent views of the wall and surrounding mountains.

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White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

White River Ice Hike, 2017/1/29

The White River hike is one of our favourites for a winter walk, with the tall cliffs and scenery given a different look by all the ice.

This year we thought we we might no be able to do the hike at all – the warmer than usual winter meaning the ice didn’t freeze as thick as we need for a safe hike.

We’d cancelled our first two attempts at it, but the third time was the charm. Click through to see some photos.

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Moyashike Valley and Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2017/1/29

We put on a variety of hikes during Spring Festival, and on this trail we were in and out of shaded valleys, and making some big climbs to see stretches of the Great Wall in the area.

In the shade or the wind it was very cold, but when out in the sun (or while making one of those big climbs) it felt rather mild.

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Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2017/1/27

For our last hike of the year on the lunar calendar we headed out to Stone Valley for a 10km walk in the hills and on the Great Wall. The air was cold, the skies were clear, and the views were superb – click through to see the photos!

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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2017/1/15

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2017/1/15

We arrived out at Hemp Village to find snow on the ground, with more still falling. Quite a surprise, after the clear blue skies of the previous day.

It’s always fun to see snow on the wall, and we had a great hike – click through to see the photos.

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Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

Tianmen Mountain Rock Arch, 2017/1/15

This hike was a last-minute replacement for the White River ice hike, which we weren’t able to do because of thin ice. It worked out as a great alternative, especially with the heavy fall of snow on the day – beautiful!

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