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Dashuhua performance - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

During Chinese New Year we made several visits to see the festival action out in Yu County, Hebei Province.

In the area are several ancient towns and fortresses that fill up with performers and visitors during Chinese New Year, making it a very lively and interesting place to visit.

As well as traditional performances of opera, we also saw an evening performance of Dashuhua, where molten iron is flung against tall walls to create a shower of sparks!

Click through to see Part Two of the trip report!

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title2 - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 1

Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 1

During Chinese New Year we made several visits to see the festival action out in Yu County, Hebei Province.

In the area are several ancient towns and fortresses that fill up with performers and visitors during Chinese New Year, making it a very lively and interesting place to visit.

As well as traditional performances of opera, we also saw an evening performance of Dashuhua, where molten iron is flung against tall walls to create a shower of sparks!

Click through to see Part One of the trip report!

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Tang Dynasty Caves and Longqingxia Ice Festival, 2014/02/08

Tang Dynasty Caves and Longqingxia Ice Festival, 2014/02/08

During winter, the Longqingxia park holds an ice festival that is a smaller scale version of the big ice festival in Harbin. To make a day of it, we first visited the Tang Dynasty Caves, a mysterious set of cave dwellings, and moved on to the ice festival after the sun went down.

Click through to see photos from the caves and the festival!

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, Yu County Ancient Towns and Fortresses overnight, 2014/02

Yu County Chinese New Year overnight trip photos

Hiker Chris N. took some great photos on our Chinese New Year overnight trip in Hebei’s Yu County, with shots of the old buildings and fortresses, street scenes, temple murals, and the special evening performance – click through to take a look!

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At the end of the hike - Longquanyu Hike, 2014/01/27

Longquanyu Hike, 2014/01/25

On this hike we went out to Changping District to hike a stretch of Great Wall near Longquanyu, and found a shady valley filled with ice that we had to cross to finish the walk. Click through to see some photos!

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Hikers on the , White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

White River Ice Hike, 2014/01/19

This is one of our popular winter hikes, on which we follow a trail through a beautiful gorge and along the frozen White River. Click through to see the photos of ice, cliffs and canyon walls, and the hiking team having a great day out.

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Hikers on the Great Wall - Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

Stone Valley Great Wall, 2014/01/12

During the winter of 2013 we went out looking for new hiking trails. Here are some photos from our first ever outing to the Stone Valley Great Wall. Click through to see our photos!

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Towers of the Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Christmas hike, 2013/12/22

In the week before Christmas we did a lot of Great Wall hikes. For this walk, we started at Jiankou and climbed up over the big hill to finish up at the Mutianyu Great Wall. After the hike was done, we headed to a local restaurant for a big meal and a dumpling-making contest!

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Hikers on the Great Wall, Gubeikou Great Wall loop hike, 2013/12/21

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2013/12/21

The Gubeikou Great Wall loop is a hike that starts from a rustic village and follows an unrestored and relatively easy section of Great Wall to finish not far from the starting point.

The views on this hike are excellent; click through to see photos of the wild wall and our Christmas dumpling-making competition.

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, Beijing Hiker’s Cypress Wells Canyon hike and Yongning Town visit, 2013/10/19

Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town, 2013/10/19

See photos from our hike through Cypress Wells Canyon and visit to Yongning Town: autumn scenery, hills, and canyons, plus a shot of a super cool goat.

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Camels and sand dunes at Crescent Lake, Beijing Hiker’s Journey from the West, 2013/10

Xinjiang Journey from the West, 2013/10

See photos from our seven-day Silk Road trip in October, featuring shots of scenery and sights on the way east from Urumqi to Jiayuguan.

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Video from Pinnacle Tower hike, 2013/10

Hiker Yvonne has a travel blog, and as part of her travels she came hiking with us to the Pinnacle Tower on October 4, 2013.

Visit her blog to see the video – we think it’s very good!

Link: Pinnacle Tower hike on goyvon.com (Dutch/English)

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Hikers in the desert, Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform, 2013/09

Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform, 2013/09

In September we made a trip that took in the Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu Province, and the Badain Jaran desert in Inner Mongolia.

We had a great time out there, and we managed to get all the way to the top of the world’s third-tallest sand dune – no easy climb.

Click through to see the photos and Huijie’s trip report.

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Evergreen pines mixed with deciduous trees.

Dahaituo Mountain, 2013/09/22

Dahaituo Mountain is located in the far northwest of Beijing, on the border with Hebei Province.

For much of the hike we were walking in the clouds, but on the way down from the top the skies started to clear a little and we were able to see some excellent autumn colours while walking out through birch and pine forests.

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Hiking on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Switchback Great Wall, 2013/09/01

We had lovely clear weather for hiking the Great Wall, and got some excellent photos of an obscure section of Great Wall in Yanqing County.

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