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Special trip photos – Bashang Grasslands, 2012/07/20

We escaped the heat (and flooding!) of Beijing city on this trip to the Bashang Grasslands, north of Beijing in Hebei Province. While out there we enjoyed two days of hiking, a big BBQ, and a performance of traditional Mongolian song and dance. Click through to see photos from the trip.

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A local horseman

Special trip photos – Hulunbuir Grasslands, 2012/07

In July, we visited the Hulunbuir Grasslands, reputedly some of the prettiest in China. Don’t just take our word for it though – click through to see the photos!

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verdant hills

Hiking photos – Flower Wood and Lily Village, 2012/07/15

This hike joins up with part of the Triangle hike, a hike with gentle ups and downs through forests and orchards which provides us with good views of the distant Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower) section of the Great Wall from its highest points on clear days. Click through to see our photos!

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green hills

Special trip photos – Bashang Grasslands, 2012/06

For the Dragon Boat Festival holiday we headed north to the Bashang Grasslands for two days of hiking in the grassy rolling hills. Click through to see our photos!

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camels

Hiking photos - Tengger Desert Trip, 2012/06

The Tengger Desert Lakes trip is one of our most popular long distance trips, with a two-day venture deep into the desert that has us travelling by foot, jeep, and camel! Click through to see photos from our June visit!

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an abandoned village

Hiking photos – Spring Valley Loop, 2012/06/17

We had nice weather for our Spring Valley Loop hike, a shady hike through the woods that gradually works its way up and down the hills and across a ridge that’s crossed by a broken down section of Qin dynasty Great Wall. Click through to see our photos!

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the 15th and 16th centuries

Hiking photos - Gubeikou to Jinshanling Hike, 2012/06/14

This hike starts at the Gubeikou Great Wall and continues to Jinshanling. Most of it is on an unrestored section of Great Wall and as such, tends to get less traffic than recently renovated sections of the Wall. The last section however, at Jinshanling, has been beautifully restored and gives one a good idea of what the wall probably looked like at its height more than 400 years ago. Click through for photos and more!

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flowers

Hiking photos - Ming Dynasty Village Overnight, 2012/06/09

On this hike to the Ming Dynasty Village of Cuandixia, our group spent 2 days hiking in the hills in the area and spent a night in the village. The second day’s hike consisted of a long scenic route along ridges and hilltops, which ended in a canyon. Click through to see our photos!

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courtyard

Hiking photos – Nine-Eyes tower and Pizza Hike, 2012/05/26

This hike is one of sweeping views, natural beauty and an enjoyably rustic section of the Great Wall at Jiankou . Even though this hike is a tough one, it’s well worth doing, especially with the prospect of a feast of pizza waiting for us at the end. Click through to see more photos!

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the muscle

Hiking photos – Yoga hike: Silver Pagodas to Lily Village, 2012/05/23

Recently we’ve been started doing yoga hikes—heading out to scenic and serene places in the countryside, and taking a walk to a peaceful spot to do a session or two of yoga. On this trip, we were hiking around the Silver Pagodas area – click through to see some photos.

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Our local guide

Special trip photos – Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2012/05

In May we headed out to Gansu Province for a good combination of hiking and visits to culturally significant historic sites. Click through to see Huijie’s excellent photos.

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a well deserved rest break

Hiking photos – Switchback Great Wall, 2012/05/05

Our Switchback Great Wall hike follows an obscure stretch of unrestored Great Wall in Yanqing County. It’s a reasonably short hike, but there’s a lot of climbing to do – click through to see photos from the trail.

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The next morning

Special trip photos – Tengger Desert Lakes, 2012/05

In May we headed out to Inner Mongolia for a trip in the Tengger Desert, a sand desert with endless waves of sand dunes and a surprisingly large amount of lakes. Click through to see photos of the desert, dunes, lakes, and camels.

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The windy Great Wall

Hiking photos – Great Wall Spur, 2012/05/02

One of our first hikes in May 2012 was the Great Wall Spur, an picturesque stretch of unrestored Great Wall in Huairou District. Click through to see the photos!

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rolling hills

Hiking photos – A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2012/05/01

We did our old Long Way to Catch the Train hike on the first day of May, walking through fields and hills and getting a good look at the countryside lifestyle. Click through to see photos of fields, villages, farm animals, and more!

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