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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2016/3/13

Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2016/3/13

This hike was one of our old favourites, but we stopped doing it because the starting point got all concreted over.

We went out to do some scouting for a new starting point, and found a good trail that avoided most of the concrete – good enough for us to start doing this hike again.

How was it? Click through to see all the photos!

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Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Trail, 2016/3/06

This was a hike of two halves: the first half cold and chilly, and all uphill to get over to the Beijing side of the mountains; the second half with the sun out as we walked all the way down to the end.

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Labrang Monastery and Tibetan New Year, 2016/02

Labrang Monastery and Tibetan New Year, 2016/02

We timed our scouting trip to Xiahe for the Tibetan New Year celebrations at Labrang Monastery. The celebrations are a major event, with performances and rituals that are seldom seen elsewhere. Click through to see the shots.

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2016/02/24

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2016/02/24

See 20 shots of the unrestored Jiankou Great Wall and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall, taken on a cold and crisp day in February.

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Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/02/17

Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/02/17

We headed out to the Jinshanling Great Wall on a cool and clear day, and had the place all to ourselves. Nice! The Jinshanling Great Wall is a repaired section that dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and offers some of the best views of the wall in Beijing. Click through to see photos.

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Yu County’s overnight trip, 2016/2/10-11

Yu County overnight trip, 2016/02

See 68 photos from our February 2016 trip to Yu County to see the traditional street parades and performances for Chinese New Year.

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

We were out for a hike just after the first snow of the new year, and to see the Great Wall covered in snow is always a fine sight.

You missed it? Have a look at the photos instead!

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/01/13

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/01/13

With clear blue skies we had super views of a great variety of scenery on this trail: small country villages, farmland and fields and forests, and a lovely line of Ming Dynasty Great Wall. Click through to see the photos.

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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/01/10

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/01/09

See eleven photos from a cold-weather hike on the Great Wall, starting from tiny Hemp Village and finishing on the impressive Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Boxing Day Great Wall hike at Jiankou and Mutianyu, 2015/12/26

Boxing Day Great Wall hike at Jiankou and Mutianyu, 2015/12/26

Every Christmas we do a fun Great Wall hike or two, and finish up with a feast and a dumpling-making competition. Click through to see the 2015 Boxing Day edition - snowy hills and Great Wall, plus shots from the contest.

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Rolling Hills hike, 2015/11/29

Rolling Hills hike, 2015/11/29

The Rolling Hills hike is a good one for winter - nice and long, and with just enough hill climbing to keep you warm in cold weather.

The trail took us through villages and farmland, with some nice detours up on to ridgeline trails for views of the snow-covered countryside.

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Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Flower Wood and East Water Valley Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Our Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge joins up three of our shorter trails for a 21km ramble between villages in Huairou District and Changping District, crossing a few hills on the way to the end.

Click through to see the photos from our long walk through the snow from Flower Wood Village to East Water Valley Village.

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/10/25

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/10/25

Twenty-plus photos from a short-but-steep hike along a pretty stretch of ‘wild’ Great Wall in Yanqing County.

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Longquanyu Great Wall, 2015/10

Longquanyu and Little West Lake Great Wall, 2015/10/24

We headed out to the hills north of the Ming Tombs for a hike that covered a mix of wild and recently restored Great Wall, with good views of hills, mountains, small villages, and the Little West Lake Reservoir. Click through to see 16 photos.

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Hike Fest 2015

2015 Hiking Festival photos

Our second annual hiking festival was super fun! Click through to read a report from the festival, and to see more than 70 photos from the 24km Challenge and the 10km Hike for Fun.

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