Ming Village overnight, September 2014
Photos from a weekender out in the mountains on Beijing’s west side, including shots from one of our favourite long hikes.
For this weekender we headed west to Cuandixia, a Ming Dynasty-era village deep in the mountains of Mentougou.
The village dates back some 500 years, and is full of old stone courtyard houses, many of which are now able to accommodate visitors.
On the first day we did a relatively relaxed walk in the hills nearby the village, before settling in for the evening with a big meal, a bonfire, and a bottle or two of red wine.
On the second day we woke up early for one of the best long hikes in Beijing, hiking an approximately 27km trail over the Yellow Grass Plateau and down to the Dragon Gate Gorge.
The weather doesn’t always play nice in this area, but for this weekend it couldn’t have been much better – clear, and cool, and at the higher altitudes we saw some great early autumn colours.