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Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Bashang Grasslands, Hebei Province, 2015/06

Far enough from Beijing to be worth the trip but still close enough to be a viable weekender, the Bashang Grasslands offer a taste of the Inner Mongolian plains without needing to go quite so far.

Click through to see photos of flowers, rolling hills, and lush green grass.

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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/06

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/06

We did a special trip along the Silk Road, starting by flying into Korla, near Urumqi, and then driving all the way to Kashgar.

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Middle Switchback Great Wall, 2015/06/07

Middle Switchback Great Wall, 2015/06/07

Our Middle Switchback Great Wall hike follows a section of rough but pretty Great Wall in the hills west of Badaling. It’s quite a contrast to the touristed section of Great Wall at Badaling - here it’s all unrestored, and seldom-visited!

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall, plus blue skies and green, forested hills.

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Great Wall Spur Camping, 2015/05

Great Wall Spur Camping, 2015/05

Most of our hikes and trips can be arranged as a private trip by request, and that’s what we did on this camping trip for a group of friends who all work in Beijing.
We provided all the tents, gear, and supplies; all set for a fun weekend on the wall.

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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan Fortress, 2015/05

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan Fortress, 2015/05

The Zhangye Danxia Landform is deservedly famous for its amazing colours, and there’s a lot more to see in the area - Silk Road sights, temples, fortresses, and more. Click through to see photos from our five-day visit in May 2015.

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Yajishan Temple Fair, 2015/05/20

Yajishan Temple Fair, 2015/05/20

Every year there’s a weeklong temple fair at the village below Yaji Mountain—a little like the temple fairs during Spring Festival in Beijing city, but with a much more rural flavour. We went out for a look at the festivities, and also did the loop hike up to the temples and down around the back of the mountain. Click through for a look at photos from the hike and the fair!

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Zhenbiancheng to Big Camp Plate 20150516, 2015/05/16

Zhenbiancheng to Big Camp Plate, 2015/05/16

Click through to see some shots from one of our favourite long walks in Beijing, the Zhenbiancheng to Big Camp Plate hike.

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Hike and teambuilding for ThyssenKrupp, 2015/05

Hike and teambuilding for ThyssenKrupp, 2015/05

The ThyssenKrupp company contacted us to organise a hike and teambuilding activity for one of their office teams – a great idea to get colleagues interacting in a different environment than the office, and a great chance to build stronger relationships within the team.

Click through to see photos and to find out more about the teambuilding activity we organised for the group.

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Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Photos from our May holiday camping trip at the Great Wall Spur. Click through to see shots of villages, green hills, Great Wall, and our campsite!

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Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Dahaituo Mountain sits right on the border of Beijing’s Yanqing County and neighbouring Hebei Province, and the climb up to the 2,198.388m peak is one of our favourites.

On this visit, we somehow had the whole mountain to ourselves on a perfect blue sky day. Click through to see the photos!

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Earth Day Clean Up Hike at Jiankou, 2015/4/25

Earth Day Clean Up Hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2015/4/25

We’ve done a clean up hike for Earth Day every year since 2009, heading out to hiking trails that have been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and packing it out for disposal in a more appropriate location.

This year we headed out to the Jiankou Great Wall, a well-known stretch of ‘wild’ Great Wall that has become increasing popular amongst casual hikers in recent years.

Big thanks to everyone who joined in, and special thanks to Anita F. and to Gung Ho! Pizza for the support.

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Miao and Dong culture in Guizhou, 2015/04

Miao and Dong culture in Guizhou Province, 2015/04

Early spring is the best time to visit Guizhou, a mountainous province in central south China. There are all together 18 ethnic groups living in Guizhou, with many based in the south-eastern part of the province. We headed down in April to take a look. You can take a look, too – click through to see Jun’s photos!

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Private hike for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, 2015/04/15

Private hike for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, 2015/04/15

As well as the join-in hikes and trips you see on the website, we do a lot of trips on request for schools and office groups.

For this trip for the students at Beijing’s Beanstalk International Bilingual School we took care of the hiking and safety side of things, with the school providing the buses.

Click through to see some photos from the hike along the Gubeikou Great Wall.

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Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/03/05

The Longquanyu Great Wall is found in the hills north of the Ming Tombs, and it’s a short section with some very steep climbs. The weather for the hike was nice and warm – as though spring had arrived early! The scenery in the hills hadn’t caught up, though: all brown and bare, and the Little West Lake was still fully frozen. A fun hike, anyway! Click through to see 24 photos from the walk on the wall.

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

The Switchback Great Wall is one of our favourite places for escaping the crowds and tackling some challenging climbs. Because we travel out past the very popular tourist sections near Badaling, we are left with an unrestored stretch of the Great Wall all to ourselves. Click through to see all the photos!

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Jiankou Pizza hike, 2013/06/15

In Brief: A few shots of our post-hike pizza feast, put on by Gung Ho! Pizza.

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