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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate, 2018/05/19

Zhenbiancheng Great Wall and Big Camp Plate Challenge, 2018/05/19

We’d done this hike a couple of weeks earlier and rain and drizzle made it a zero-visibility experience, which is also interesting, but not really what we wanted.

It’s one of our favourite hikes, so we had to try it again before the summer temperatures got too high.

When the time came around the weather forecast again mentioned the chance of some rain, but we crossed our fingers and went out anyway. It worked out pretty good! Cool temperatures, and not a drop of rain until we were almost at the end.

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Camping Switchback Great Wall,2018/05/12-13

Camping at the Switchback Great Wall, 2018/05/12

The weather forecasts for the first day of this trip were a bit mixed, with some predicting drizzle in the morning, and others predicting a rain shower in the evening. But the forecast for the second day looked great, so we decided that we wouldn’t let the chance of a little rain spoil our plans.

Which forecast was correct? It was the one that said we’d get a rain shower in the evening, and it came through just after we got the tents set up! We waited it out, and then enjoyed a lovely sunset from on top of the Great Wall.

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Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village, 2018/05/06

Huanghuacheng to the Walled Village, 2018/05/06

Seventeen photos from a hike along the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng—blue skies, green hills, and superb views of the Great Wall.

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Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley, 2018/05/06

Big Camp Plate Village and Hengling Valley, 2018/05/06

See a set of 18 photos from a hike on and around the Great Wall near Big Camp Plate—big blue skies, green hills, and rough unrepaired Great Wall.

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Nine-Eyes Tower, 2018/05/05

Nine-Eyes Tower, 2018/05/05

See a set of 8 photos from a cloudy day’s hike up to Nine-Eyes Tower at the Jiankou Great Wall.

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Ming Village day trip, 2018/05/05

Ming Village day trip, 2018/05/05

See a set of 17 photos from an easy walk out at the Ming Dynasty-era village of Cuandixia.

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Gubeikou Great Wall loop, 2018/05/02

Gubeikou Great Wall loop, 2018/05/02

A super set of photos from an excellent blue sky walk on the Great Wall at Gubeikou—se 50+ shots of hikers, wall, and more scenery.

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Pinnacle Tower, 2018/04/29

Pinnacle Tower hike, 2018/04/29

The Pinnacle Tower hike is a short but steep trail that peaks at a tall tower in the mountains—see 12 shots from the climb up and over the top.

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Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/04/28

Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/04/28

See a set of 21 photos from a hike up and over the Great Wall Spur, a line of unrepaired Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall.

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Stone Valley Great Wall,2018/04/27

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2018/04/27

See 17 photos from a hike along the Great Wall above Stone Valley—green hills, blooming flowers, and a beautiful section of unrepaired Great Wall.

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 BIBA hike out at Gubeikou Great Wall, 2018/04/25

BIBA hike out at Gubeikou Great Wall, 2018/04/25

We organised a Great Wall walk for students and teachers from the BIBA school in Shunyi, providing a special in-depth info pack to make it a learning experience as well as a hike.

Big thanks to BIBA for asking us to help set it up!

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Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2018/04/22

Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2018/04/22

The Earth Day clean up hike has been a Beijing Hikers tradition for almost a decade. The Great Wall is where we enjoy outdoor fun and amazing views, and we want to keep it clean for everyone to enjoy. Every year we head out to clean up a messy stretch of Great Wall, hoping to set an example for other hikers we meet along the way.

In 2018 we were back at the Jiankou Great Wall, an area fairly popular with casual hikers and often a little bit messy. We chose the west side to clean, as it’s not too difficult to hike. We don’t want a tough hike while trying to carry large sacks of rubbish!

It was a rainy day all over Beijing, but luckily we didn’t get much rain during our walk. The air was fresh after a day’s rain and all green seemed new and hopeful, and embracing. It was great fun – click through to see the photos!

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2018/04/21

Rain was forecast for the day of the hike but we headed out anyway, hoping it wouldn’t be too bad.

It was actually pretty great! Click through to see 29 photos from the hike.

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Camping Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall, 2018/04/21

Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall camping, 2018/04/21

See 25 shots from a camping trip on the Great Wall at Gubeikou—overcast and cloudy, but still fun!

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Girl Scouts hike at Changyucheng, 2018/04/14

Girl Scout’s hike at Changyucheng, 2018/04/14

On a beautiful day we went out for a walk with the Girl Scouts, visiting a village at the end of a long valley in the mountains and doing a loop hike in the hills behind the village.

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Tang Dynasty Dwellings and Yongning Town, 2013/03/02

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