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Immortal Valley Loop, 2016/5/29

Immortal Valley Loop, 2016/5/29

The Immortal Valley Loop is a nice long hike that takes us up on to the ridgeline of the mountains west of the Miyun Reservoir. We start in a park area, and hike out the back to get up to one of the peaks in the mountains.

On this visit the skies were blue and the hills were green – click through to see all the photos.

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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, May 2016

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, May 2016

On this trip we spent five perfect days in the northwest of Gansu Province, visiting the Zhangye Danxia Landform and various Silk Road sights in Jiayuguan and near Zhangye City.

Click through to see photos from the Zhangye Danxia Landform, the fortress at Jiayuguan, Horsehoof Temple near Zhangye, and more!

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Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/5/28

Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/5/28

Perfect weather, super scenery, and long views of the Great Wall at Gubeikou and Jinshanling – click through to take a look at the photos we took on the hike.

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Longquanyu Great Wall to Little West Lake, 2016/05/26

Longquanyu Great Wall to Little West Lake, 2016/05/26

We hiked through the recently renovated Longquanyu section of the Great Wall, finishing up at the Little West Lake. As well as Great Wall, we saw a lot of greenery under clear blue skies.

Click through to see thirteen photos from the hike.

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Heituo Mountain, 2016/05/21

Heituo Mountain, 2016/05/21

We scouted this trail in April, 2016, and this hike was the first time we’d taken a group up to the peak of Heituo Mountain.

It’s a tough hike, with a lot of steep climbs to get up to the 1,500m peak. The views from the top are really worth the effort, and on this visit we had the mountain all to ourselves.

Click through to see sixteen photos from the hike.

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Camping at the Great Wall Spur, 2016/05

Camping at the Great Wall Spur, 2016/05

We set up a camping trip on the Great Wall Spur, carrying all our gear up to our campsite on the ‘spur’ section of the wall. Clear skies made for awesome photos of Great Wall, mountains, and the sunset - click through to take a look.

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2016/05/04

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2016/05/04

Seventeen pictures of the Great Wall and other views at Longquanyu. It was a clear sunny day, click through to see the photos!

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Tengger Desert, May 2016

Tengger Desert trip, May 2016

During the May Day holiday we headed out to Inner Mongolia for our Tengger Desert Lakes trip, visiting some local scenic locations either side of our two-day trip into the desert.

Click through to see 60 photos from the desert – hiking, camping, and more!

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Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain, 2015/04/30

Big Black Mountain to Moss Mountain, 2015/04/30

This hike is a combination of two of our Level 3+ hikes: the Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village hike, and then the Moss Mountain walk.

It’s a long hike, but there isn’t a whole lot of climbing. That makes it a good choice if you’re interested in a long ramble in the hills of Huairou. Click through to see 23 photos of farmland and orchards, hills and mountains, and plenty of greenery.

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Great Wall clean up hike for Earth Day, 2016/4/23

Great Wall clean up hike for Earth Day, 2016/4/23

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 out loads of litter for disposal in a more appropriate location.

This year we teamed up with Gung Ho! Pizza to make our eighth annual Earth Day clean up hike part of the 1st Beijing Earth Day Festival, and we had a great turn out for the hike, with 26 people showing up to help out with the clean up.

We took on the challenge of cleaning up Nine-Eyes Tower, a tower on the Great Wall at Jiankou that’s 1,190m above sea level.

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Hillwalking challenge 2016/04/16

Flower Wood to the Ming Tombs hillwalking challenge, 2016/04/16

The Flower Wood to the Ming Tombs hillwalking challenge was a 26km hike through the hills of Huairou and Changping, starting in the north of Beijing and finishing back on the city side of the mountains.

We know a lot of trails in this area of Beijing, and there are options for hikes of 10km, 15km, and 20km. This time we decided to join the whole lot up for a good long 26km walk. Maybe next time we’ll add the last section and make it 30km!

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

We like the Hemp Village to Gubeikou hike because – as well as great views of the Great Wall – we also get a look at rural life in the countryside as we walk through Hemp Village and the surrounding farmland.

You can get a look, too – click through to see the photos!

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Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

We headed out to Huairou District to go camping on the Great Wall, and this time we made it one of the type of trips where you need to carry all the gear yourself.

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall and our camping team.

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop, 2016/4/16

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop, 2016/4/16

The Stone Valley Loop follows the same section of wall as our Middle Switchback hike, but we start and finish on the other side of the hill – it’s a longer walk and more scenic, as the trail takes us through forest and further into the hills.

Click through to see shots from our April 16 visit, with photos of the spring blossoms as well as Great Wall and hikers.

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A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2016/4/10

A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2016/4/10

The Long Way to Catch the Train hike is one of our older trails, and the area has seen a lot of change over the years—not least being that there are now easier ways to get to the train station than walking over a big hill!

On this visit the flowers were out, and we had a lovely clear day. Click through to see photos.

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