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2011 Long Distance Trips

In Brief: A summary of the long distance trips we did in 2011, with links to view photos taken on each trip.

Updated with links to the trip reports, where available

We did a lot of scouting trips throughout China during 2010, and in 2011 we took groups of hikers to some of the most interesting places that we found in Gansu, Yunnan, and the far north of Inner Mongolia.

As well as these new trips, we repeated some of our favourite trips from last year, including the Tengger and Alashan Desert, Wuyuan in Jiangxi, and the northern Silk Road in Xinjiang.

Below is a list of the trips we did, with links to photos and writeups for many of them.

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Trips completed in 2011
DateTripPhotos

1–3 Apr

Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province
Vast fields of yellow flowers and ancient river towns in southern China. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous.

Photos from the trip

8 Apr–10 Apr

Ancient Walled City of Pingyao (2.5 days)
Guided tours of the alleys, thoroughfares, and the key historical sites; an easy hike outside the city walls. (Fast train there; fly back)

2011 trip photos

29 Apr–2 May

Alashan Desert Route 1
Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, ride camels, camp in the desert, and more.

29 Apr–1 May

Ancient Walled City of Pingyao (3 days)
Guided tours of the alleys, thoroughfares, and the key historical sites; an easy hike outside the city walls. (Fly there; fly back)

20 May–22 May

Ancient Walled City of Pingyao (2.5 days)
Guided tours of the alleys, thoroughfares, and the key historical sites; an easy hike outside the city walls. (Fast train there; fly back)

Photos from the trip

26 May–29 May

Zhangye, Gansu Province
Fantastically coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; Jiayuguan Fortress and Great Wall, and more.

Photos from May 2011 trip

16 Jun–19 Jun

Alashan Desert Route 2
Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, camp in the desert, and more.

17 Jun–19 Jun

Bashang Prairie
Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia; hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. Horse-riding/motorbikes optional.

Photos from the trip

14 Jul–17 Jul

Hulunbeir Prairie
Fresh air and the endless green grasslands of the best preserved prairie in China. Trip includes hiking and a visit to a border town that contains a curious mix of Chinese and Russian culture.

July 2011 trip photos

29 Jul–31 Jul

Bashang Prairie
Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia; hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. Horse-riding/motorbikes optional.

July 2011 trip photos

11 Aug–14 Aug

Alashan Desert Route 2
Travel by foot and jeep through the desert, visit desert lakes, camp in the desert, and more.

August 2011 trip photos

Aug 26–28 Aug

Bashang Prairie
Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia; hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. Horse-riding/motorbikes optional.

9 Sep–11 Sep

Bashang Prairie
Clean and cool grasslands near the border of Hebei and Inner Mongolia; hikes, BBQ lamb, and more. Horse-riding/motorbikes optional.

Photos from the trip

1 Oct–7 Oct

Xinjiang: Journey from the West
See the sights along a key stretch of the northern Silk Road, visiting Urumqi, Turpan, Hami, Dunhuang, and Jiayuguan. Camp a night in the Gobi Desert and see the ancient Han Dynasty Great Wall; visit Turpan's Grape Valley; view the Buddhist artwork in the Mogao Grottoes; and explore Jiayuguan, the outpost at the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

Photos from the trip

Oct 7–10 Oct

Zhangye, Gansu Province
Fantastically coloured mountains and cliffs in an all-but unexplored area of Gansu; Jiayuguan Fortress and Great Wall, and more. Hiking and photography focus.

Photos from the trip

10 Nov–13 Nov

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan
See the highlights of Lijiang and Shangri-La - the cobbled streets and watercourses of ancient towns, country roads and fields around small settlements, Naxi culture, and amazing views of snow-capped mountains. Cultural focus, nothing too strenuous..

Photos from the trip