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Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

We do Christmas hikes every year, and in 2014 we hiked from Jiankou to Mutianyu on Christmas Day. Click through to see photos of blue sky, Great Wall, and the dumpling-making competition!

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Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

For this birding trip we headed out to the Miyun Reservoir, accompanied by expert birder Terry from Birding Beijing. The birds were bountiful, and it was a great weekend of spotting. Click through to see the photos!

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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall loop hike, 2014/11/8

On this visit to the Zhenbiancheng Great Wall the skies were that special ‘APEC blue’ colour, and the temperatures were cool and crisp. Just perfect for a bit of hiking!

The Great Wall out here dates back to the early Ming Dynasty and hasn’t been repaired or restored since then. That means it’s in fairly rough shape, and during the hike we skirted around those sections – too slippery, and no fun for walking!

Click through to see photos of those tricky sections of Great Wall, and more!

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Cypress Wells Canyon hike, 2014/11/09

Cypress Wells Canyon hike, 2014/11/09

Our hike to Cypress Wells Canyon follows easy trails through a forested valley and up to a pass before descending through a scenic canyon. On this hike we saw very varied scenery: including cliffs and canyons, and abandoned village, pine forests, and a very old line of Great Wall. Click through to see thirteen photos from the hike.

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Yajishan Taoist Temples hike, 2014/10

Yajishan Taoist Temples teambuilding trip, 2014/10

This was a special teambuilding trip for the employees of the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. Every year we help them choose a good spot for a great hike that has options for faster hikers as well as those who’d like a more relaxed outing.

This year we went to the Taoist temples at Yajishan, a scenic spot where steep stairs ascend to the two temples at the top, passing smaller temples and shrines on the way.

Click through to see photos from the teambuilding event!

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CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

We’re best known for our small-group hikes, and over the years we’ve built a solid system of organisation. Over all those years, we’ve also hiked pretty much everywhere in Beijing!

With all that experience we’re able to put together activities for larger groups, chosing locations that suit the activity requirements and fitness levels of participants, and making sure everything runs as smoothly as our normal hikes and trips. And of course there’s going to be some hiking involved.

China National Convention Center (CNCC) chose us to do their October company teambuilding, and we took them out into the hills for a relaxing day out of the office - click through to see photos of hiking and taichi teambuilding.

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Beijing Hikers 13th Birthday hiking festival, October 2014

Hike Festival Photos: Beijing Hikers 13th Birthday hiking festival, October 2014

After being too busy to celebrate 10 years of hiking in Beijing we thought we’d better do something massive for lucky number 13, so we organised a hiking festival! Click through to read a report from our 13th Birthday Hiking Festival, and see more than 100 photos from the big day.

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Beidaihe Birding Trip, 2014/10

Beidaihe Birding Trip, 2014/10

On this weekend trip we visited the wetlands on the coast at Beidaihe, on the shores of the Yellow Sea. With the help of birding expert Terry Townsend we spotted 67 species of birds as we moved between good spots in the wetlands and on the seashores. Click through to see photos from the trip, including scenery, birds, and birdwatchers!

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Yu County overnighter for Audi China, 2014/10

Yu County overnighter for Audi China, 2014/10

When one of our hiking regulars asked us to help arrange a teambuilding weekend for his office group, we offered our Yu County trip as a possibility. As it’s a visit to a very rural area that contains many places of historical significance, it’s interesting for people of any culture. And the hiking is not too tough either!

Seen on the trip: old towns and local lifestyles, temples and castles, street markets and farmland. Click through to take a look for yourself!

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Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province, 2014/10

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Province, 2014/10

At the end of the October holiday we visited Jiayuguan and Zhangye for a five-day trip that featured the colourful Zhangye Danxia Landform and the fortress at Jiayuguan, as well as Silk Road sights like the Giant Buddha Temple and the Horsehoof Temple and grottoes.

The trip was great fun, and we came back with a lot of excellent photos – click through to see them all!

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Journey from the West, 2014/10

Journey from the West, 2014/10

Our ‘Journey from the West’ trip is a seven-day adventure along the strand of the Silk Road between Urumqi and Jiayuguan. We do it as a road trip, travelling in jeeps and stopping off to explore all the amazing sights along the way – the ruined city of Jiaohe near Turpan, the Flaming Mountains, the Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Lake at Dunhuang, the fortress at Jiayuguan, and more! Click through to see Huijie’s photos from the trip.

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Yanqing Great Wall and High tower, 2014/09/27

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower, 2014/09/27

We certainly chose the right day for this hike—the weather was perfect, and the hills were full of autumn colours. The hike took us on and off a rough section of wild Great Wall in Yanqing District, peaking at the High Tower. Click through to see the photos.

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Ming Village overnight, September 2014

Ming Village overnight, September 2014

For this weekender we headed west to Cuandixia, a Ming Dynasty-era village deep in the mountains of Mentougou.

On the first day we did a relatively relaxed walk in the hills nearby the village, needing to save energy for the 26km super hike we had planned for the second day.

With fine weather, this was a great weekend, and our photos tell the story.

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Changyucheng Countryside Opera Performance, 2014/09/21

Changyucheng Walled Village hike and Countryside Opera Performance, 2014/09/21

On this trip we visited the fortified village of Long Valley City, which was built in ancient times, before hiking up the valley behind it through the forest. From the high point of this hike, at a pass, we could see all the way back down the valley to the reservoir where we started, as well as the High Tower and parts of the unrenovated Yanqing Great Wall. 

The Changyucheng Walled Village was a Ming Dynasty outpost and barracks used as a base for the soldiers guarding the nearby Great Wall. Some of the old village walls are still intact, and there are some good hiking trails in the hills above the village that lead up to the Great Wall.

Another fun thing in the village is their amateur opera performance troupe, formed by an elderly resident who used to be a pro back in the day. Every now and again we ask them to organise a performance for us in the town temple - quite a fun show! Click through to see photos from our day out in the hills, including some backstage shots!

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Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

Gubeikou Great Wall, 2014/09/06

During the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday we headed out to the Gubeikou Great Wall for a spot of hiking. The air was clear, and we had lovely views of the Great Wall snaking through the green hills. Click through to see the photos!

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