The hike is a modified version of our Triangle Hike, an easy and scenic tramp out in Changping District. We’re walking this route in the opposite direction of what we usually do, starting off close by to a slightly stinky pig farm and walking down a long valley before following a rocky trail up to a ridge lookout.
We’ll head down the other side of the hill, following dirt trails through farmland and orchards on the way to the hills on the other side of the valley. After climbing up the other side of this valley, we’ll come to an old pine tree that marks an old temple site. Nothing remains of the temple, but the tree is still growing happily and there’s a small shrine to the Tiger God. Villagers occasionally leave offerings at the shrine, hoping for enough rain for their crops to grow.
From the pine tree, we’ll head downhill through chestnut orchards towards Lily Village.
In the farmland, we usually see locals industriously looking after their chestnut orchards and vegetable patches, but in winter everyone is likely to be inside, out of the cold! Donkeys are still used for heavy work, but there are also a lot of three-wheeler motorbikes parked around, ready to carry a load of cabbage off to the market.
From Lily Village we follow a concrete road up through chestnut orchards, passing by a few reservoirs on the way to a low pass on a ridge. Crossing the ridge, we head down a narrow gully to reach the farmland on the other side, eventually arriving at a dirt road that will take us out past a hot springs hotel on the way to the bus.
It’s a short drive from there to the countryside restaurant where we’ll have a late lunch before heading back to the city.