The name of the village, Changyucheng, translates roughly as “Long Valley Town”. It’s way out in the hills, and it is indeed sited in a very long valley. We hadn’t been out there for quite a few years, so we went out scouting in winter, during the planning part of the event. Without a doubt, the spring view at Changyucheng is more attractive than winter.
After a stroll through the village we did a loop hike in the hills. It was a windy but beautiful day. We spotted peach blossoms, apricot blossoms, frog eggs in the reservoir, and even a wild pheasant on a cliff!
The loop hike featured quite a tough climb up a big hill, but we made it to the top. A tablet on top of the hill marks the border of Beijing and Hebei Province, and we enjoyed a picnic right there by the border.
After lunch we continued the hike, walking back down by the reservoir and then down to the village for a look about.
We had a really good time on the hike and headed back to school safely.
Big thanks to the Girl Scouts for asking us to help them organise a hike!