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Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Beijing gets hot in August, but luckily there are cooler places to visit, not too far away. In early August we did a weekend trip to the Bashang Grasslands, a 5 hour drive north of Beijing – click through to see photos of hikers, hills, horses, fields, and flowers!

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Yu County Overnight Trip 2014/08

Yu County Overnight Trip, 2014/08

For this two-day trip we headed north to Hebei Province to take a look about the ancient walled towns in the area. Being just outside the main line of Ming Dynasty Great Wall, the big walls were needed for protection. Click through to see photos of the old walled towns and their more modern inhabitants!

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Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, 2014/08/09

Vulture Rock Ridge Loop hike, 2014/08/09

The trail along Vulture Rock Ridge connects two of our other hikes, and on this outing we joined them all up to make a nice scenic walk with plenty of uphill.

At this time of the year there the hills are filled with wildflowers, and Huijie got photos of almost all of them!

Click through for flower photos, as well as shots of hikers and the green scenery.

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Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate is the name of a tiny village in Hebei Province, and it’s surrounded by a loop of old Great Wall – great for hiking, with some superb views from high up in the mountains.

Click through to see photos of the hikers, the Great Wall, and our little campsite!

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Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

In the heat of summer the cool and calm grasslands of Inner Mongolia are a great escape from Beijing. We took a whole lot of photos on this trip, click through to see the story in pictures!

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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The Great Wall camping trips we’ve been doing this summer have been popular and superb fun, and our Great Wall Spur camping trip was no exception – very fun, but very hot!

We camped on a lovely section of wall between a tower and a rising ridge, and enjoyed a big BBQ while we waited for sunset.

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White River Hike, 2014/7/13

White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Beijing gets hot in summer … very hot! What better way to cool down than with a stroll down a river? Click through to see the photos of blue skies, big canyon cliffs, lots of greenery, and hikers splashing their way downstream.

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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

We headed out to Huairou for a moderately difficult Great Wall hike, following a valley trail up to the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou, and then walking the wall on the way to the Walled Village.

A lovely day for hiking: blue skies, green leaves, persimmons, and a rather steep piece of Great Wall – click through to see our photos!

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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

On our Zhangye Danxia Landform long trip we did two days of hiking in and around the Zhangye Danxia Landform, and made visits to Silk Road sights in Zhangye and Jiayuguan, including the Jiayuguan Fortress and Horsehoof Temple.

On the trip we got a lot of good photos; click through for a look!

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Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

For this hike we joined two of our Level 3 hikes together to make one of our “Hillwalking Challenge” type trails. We walked through several small villages on the way to the Silver Pagodas, saving the toughest part – the big climb up the mountain behind the pagodas – for last. This hike was a hot one!

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 Bashang Grasslands trip, 2014/7

Bashang Grasslands trip, 2014/06

On June 27, 2014, we headed out to the Bashang Grasslands, a cool and breezy spot in Hebei Province, 280km north of Beijing. On the trip we hiked through the hills and meadows, and enjoyed a bonfire and BBQ – just the way to escape from the summer heat in Beijing.

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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2014/06

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2014/06

For this seven-day adventure we followed a less well-known strand of the Silk Road, making our own ‘journey to the west’ as we passed by several oasis towns also visited by the monk Xuanzang on his journey to India in search of Buddhist scriptures to bring back home.

Along the way we saw all sorts of interesting sights: hills, mountains, and other curious landforms; old oasis towns and their inhabitants; remains of ancient cities, and more!

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School Camping trip, 2014/6

School Camping trip, 2014/06

In June, 2014, we organised a three-day camping trip for students doing the Duke of Edinburgh / International Award program, choosing suitable trails and organising campsites, logistics, and resupply.

Click through to see photos from the hikes and campsites.

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Nine-Eyes Tower and Gung Ho! Pizza, 2014/6/7

Nine-Eyes Tower and Gung Ho! Pizza, 2014/6/7

We picked a good day for this hike to Nine-Eyes Tower: incredibly clear skies, and weather that was not too hot. We capped off a great hike with a great meal—fresh pizza, served by our good friends from Gung Ho! Pizza. Click through for photos of hiking and the pizza feast!

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Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

The Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike can be easily done in one day, but it’s also fun to take it more slowly. We took two days to do it, camping overnight at a nice spot right beside the Great Wall.

We took a few photos along the way; click through for a look!

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