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Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

We’d planned the Level 4 Great Flood hike for today, but with a forecast high of 37°C we decided we’d better change the plan!

The Great Flood hike finishes with a walk out Yunmeng Gorge, a scenic area with a river and good pools for swimming. Instead of doing the full hike, we drove straight to Yunmeng Gorge and hiked up to the swimming holes - a much cooler way to spend the day.

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2015/7/11

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2015/7/11

The hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu starts in a small village at Jiankou. We do a big uphill climb to get on to the Great Wall and then follow it all the way over to Mutianyu. Click through to see nine photos from the hike.

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White River hike, 2015/07/05

White River hike, 2015/07/05

On a hot day we escaped the city and headed out into the mountains and valleys north of Beijing to hike down the White River. Click through to see all the photos!

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Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang, July 2016

Bayinbuluke Grasslands, Xinjiang, July 2015

Our trip to the Bayinbuluke Grasslands is a big looping road-trip that starts and finishes in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Province. During the loop, we follow part of the Silk Road, cross the Tianshan Mountains at a high pass, camp and hike on the grasslands, and then visit forests and mountains on the way back to Urumqi.

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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.

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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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Nine-Eyes Tower Great Wall hike, 2017/11/04

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