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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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Alashan Desert, Inner Mongolia, 2014/05

Alashan Desert, Inner Mongolia, 2014/05

For the May holiday we made a mission into the Alashan Desert, travelling by foot, camel, jeep, and boat (!) to find a temple in the middle of the dunes.

On the four-day trip we found that the desert wasn’t so dry after all, as we travelled between oases on the way to the temple.

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Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

In late April we did a two-day trip on which we set up camp on an unrestored section of the Great Wall that we call the Switchback. Click through to see nine photos of the Great Wall, our campsite, and happy hikers.

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Miyun Birdwatching overnighter, 2014/03/29-30

Miyun Birdwatching overnighter, 2014/03/29-30

On this weekend trip, we visited the biggest reservoir in Beijing in search of many species of birds that winter over in this area, as well as some of those that live there year round. We enjoyed the beautiful countryside and stayed in a local fisherman’s guest house. 

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Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

We headed out to Yanqing District to hike a wild stretch of unrestored Great Wall that we call the Switchback Great Wall. With blue skies and the flowers blooming it was beautiful out there, and we got some good photos – click through to take a look!

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Earth Day clean up hike photos, 2014/04/20

Earth Day clean up hike photos, 2014/04/20

April 22 is Earth Day, and around that time every year we organise a clean up hike.

This year, we chose to go picking up trash at the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng after seeing way too much litter there as we passed by on a hike in March. Click through to see photos!

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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province, 2014/04

Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province, 2014/04

On this trip we travelled down to Fujian Province, with the main attraction being the tulou buildings of the Hakka people, deep in the mountains.

As well as spending two days looking around the villages, valleys, and rice terraces where the tulou buildings are sited, we visited various sights in Xiamen - the Huli Mountain Cannon Fort, the seafood market, and the island of Gulangyu.

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Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Photos from a visit to Coffin Village, a small village with a long history - click through to see some shots of the old courtyards and village life.

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Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province, 2014/03

Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province, 2014/03

Our spring time trip took us to Wuyuan County in Jiangxi Province. We’d timed it just right to find the fields full of canola flowers, making our visit to the villages and valleys of the area even more beautiful than usual! Click through to see photos of the scenery, as well as shots of life in the rural villages and fields.

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A Long Way to Pray for Rain, 2014/03/16

A Long Way to Pray for Rain, 2014/03/16

There’s a great story behind this hiking trail, which was told to us by one of the locals the first time we visited the area, a tale of a barefoot pilgrimage through the hills to pray for rain.

In early spring it’s really dry in Beijing, so we organised a team of brave hikers to follow those footsteps, taking the same trail over the hills to the end.

Click through to see photos of dry hills, a small village, and other things we saw in the countryside!

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Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

Bricks in the Wall hike, 2014/03/15

The Bricks in the Wall hike is one of the new trails that we found during the winter of 2013. This visit was the first time we’d taken a group out, and we had a great day rambling through the hills. Click through to see the photos!

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