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Hiking photos – Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas hike, 2012/08/04

On this outing, our group had the chance to combine the traditional Chinese art of Tai Chi with a visit to a set of 600 year old Buddhist pagodas which are located in front of a stunning backdrop of steep, rocky, jagged peaks. The peaceful, yet beautiful setting was a great place to practice Tai Chi with a master.

chestnut, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

We started off by hiking up to the Silver Pagodas, an old temple site in the hills of Huairou.

The Silver Pagodas, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

The Silver Pagodas are hundreds of years old. There was a monastery and temple here, too, but both was destroyed during war.

steep stairs, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

We took a short walk from the pagodas to reach the place where we'd do the tai chi.

The Tai Chi master, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

Everyone getting ready.

the students, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

The lesson began with an explanation of the basic principles of Tai chi.

demonstrate certain techniques, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

Correct posture.

The students, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

Students in the starting position, following the example set by the instructor.

Some of the movements, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

The beginning of the routine.

leg position and stance, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

Correct leg and foot position is important.

rocky hills, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

After the first session we climbed a little higher for great views of the rocky hills behind the Silver Pagodas.

the pastel colors of the sunset, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

Ready for some more instruction.

After savoring the views, Beijing Hikers Tai Chi and Silver Pagodas Hike, August04, 2012

All finished, time to head back to the city.

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