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Western Qing Tombs overnight, 2013/06

Our Western Qing Tombs weekend trip is a special one that we only arrange once or twice a year. The focus is on the tombs and artifacts left behind by the last dynasty of China, but the surrounding scenery and nearby lake are also worth the long drive out into Hebei Province.

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the second day

Bashang Grasslands, June 2013

In June we made this year’s first trip to the Bashang Grasslands, located in Hebei province, north of Beijing. On the trip the highlight was two days of hiking in the grasslands. We also made time to try a little horse-milk liquor, and enjoyed dancing, a performance by locals, and an evening bonfire.

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The pizza being put together

Jiankou Pizza hike, 2013/06/15

Our good friends at Gung Ho! Pizza have a little pizza oven out at their courtyard nearby the Jiankou Great Wall, and were good enough to arrange a feast of pizza for us after we’d finished our hike up to the Nine-Eyes Tower. Click through to see a few photos!

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good luck

Tanzhesi Temple Hike, 2013/6/15

Tanzhe Temple is one of the oldest temples in Beijing, and it’s well worth a look about. We added some extra fun by exploring a nearby abandoned village before our visit to the temple. Click through to see photos from the village and Tanzhe Temple.

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ruined Great Wall

Gubeikou Great Wall West, 2013/05/12

We’ve started doing hikes on the west side of the Gubeikou Great Wall – a nice area with a line of Great Wall that runs through the hills. Click through to see photos from our second visit this year.

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a picnic

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2013/05

Photos from two days of hiking in the Danxia Landform areas, and the visits we made to temples, caves and grottoes, and the Han Dynasty Great Wall in Jiayuguan. This is one of our favorite long distance trips, taking us to special places in sparsely-populated areas of western China.

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Further up the river

Dragon Cloud Mountain, 2013/05/12

We hiked Dragon Cloud Mountain on a really clear day in early May, and got a few photos of the hills, cliffs, canyon, and Ghost House.

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the second ridge

Quarrymen’s Trail to the Heavenly Lake, 2013/05/11

We joined a Level 2+ hike with a Level 3+ hike to make it a Level 5 – that doesn’t quite add up, and by the end it felt like a Level 6 for sure. The weather was hot, but there was a nice breeze, and quite a lot of the trail took us through shaded forested areas. Click through to see the photos!

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group photo

Tengger Desert Lakes trip, 2013/05

For the May Day holiday we made a special trip to the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia, the fourth largest in China. We spent two days in the desert – hiking, driving in jeeps, and riding camels, with an overnight stay in tents by one of the desert lakes. Outside of the desert, we made time to visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, local museums and markets, and a stretch of old Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

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The lions

Pingyao Walled City trip, 2013/04

We went down to the ancient city of Pingyao in early April, leaving on Friday morning for a long weekend. While there, we explored the walls, streets, lanes and got a good look at the well-preserved architecture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

As well as walking within the walls of the city, we headed out into the nearby hills for a hike to the White Cloud Temple.

Click through to see photos from the trip, and Kay’s write up.

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take out the trash

Earth Day Clean Up Hike, 2013/04/21

For Earth Day 2013, we headed out to Dragon Cloud Mountain to clean up trash and litter left behind by careless visitors and messy film crews. The clean up crew did a great job – click through to see photos of them in action!

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It was a windy day

Yanqing Great Wall, 2013/04/13

Our Yanqing Great Wall hike follows a line of old and rough Great Wall near the border of Beijing and Hebei. The wall follows a ridgeline with great views – click through to see Jun’s photos.

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pagoda

Incense Trail and Dajuesi Temple, 2013/04/10

The hiking trail took us through soon-to-be green hills and past wild peach blossoms, up and over a 1,000m high ridgeline and down to Dajue Temple, a historic imperial temple in Beijng’s West Hills. Along the way we took plenty of photos – click through to take a look!

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It was a windy day

Big Camp Plate Great Wall, 2012/04/11

Our Big Camp Plate Great Wall hike takes us over Beijing’s border and into the hills of Hebei Province. We walked a section of Great Wall that loops around the village of Big Camp Plate, and as we were walking through the village on the way back to the bus we were invited in for a look at one of the little houses – click through to see photos of the Great Wall, hikers, and what was cooking in the village house.

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A Buddhist shrine

Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

The Vulture Rock hike is one of our oldies, and we did it the tough way: a big climb up the paved trail to Phoenix Ridge, and then on to Miaofengshan. It was a clear day, and we got some good photos of hills, peaks, pine trees, and more.

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Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

Yunmeng Gorge hike and swim, 2015/07/12

In Brief: See some photos from a hike up to a special swimming spot in Yunmeng Gorge.

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