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Hiking photos – Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, 2012/12/22

Every year we do a Great Wall Christmas hike, and follow it up with a dumpling-making competition – click through to see photos from Christmas 2012!

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heading for a high point

Hike photos – Rolling Hills, 2012/12/16

We did our Rolling Hills hike the weekend after a snowfall, and had a nice walk through snowy scenery – click through to see photos of snow, hills, donkeys, and hikers!

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a small town

Hiking photos – Big Black Mountain, 2012/12/15

We were happy to see the Big Black Mountain hike scheduled for the same week that Beijing had some snow fall – it’s a really good hike to do with snow on the ground. Click through to see the photos.

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A spectacular view

Special trip photos – Lijiang and Shangri-La, 2012/11

Our last long distance trip of 2012 took us to Lijiang and Shangri-La in Yunnan Province. Missed it? Click through to see the best of the photos!

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A spectacular view

Special Trip photos – Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, 2012/11/04

In 2011 we made a scouting trip to this part of northern Sichuan, and in 2012 we made our first group visit to the area, visiting the Jiuzhaigou National Park and the Huanglong National Park, and exploring two of the ancient towns in the area. Click through for photos and more!

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the Great Wall

Hiking photos – Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning, 2012/10/31

Our Cypress Wells Canyon hike follows a trail through a canyon into a bowl-like valley in which there are several abandoned villages. The hike continues up to a ridgeline where there’s a stretch of broken-down Great Wall to look at. Click through to see photos of hills and cliffs, Great Wall, and hikers.

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Two old friends

Hiking photos – Changyucheng ‘Long Valley City,’ 2012/10/24

We did our Changyucheng ‘Long Valley City’ hike on a beautiful autumn day with warm sun and blue skies. Click through to see photos of the village, farm animals, the old city walls, and murals from the village temple.

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the water was freezing

Hiking photos – Dragon Spring Valley, 2012/10/17

On this weekday visit to Dragon Spring Valley, we saw some great scenery – Great Wall, hills, valleys, and autumn colours – and we took a short boat ride as well!. Click through to see photos!

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setting sun

Special trip photos – Jiayuguan Fortress and Zhangye “Coloured Cliffs,” 2012/10

In October 2012 we made a trip to Gansu Province to see the fortress at Jiayuguan, and the spectacular scenery of the Zhangye Danxia Landform. Click through to see photos!

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The sand dunes on this side

Special trip photos – Journey from the West, 2012/10

During the big October holiday we completed another Journey from the West, travelling along the Silk Road from Urumqi and passing through Turpan, Hami, and Dunhuang on the way to the big fortress at Jiayuguan. Click through to see photos!

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finish the hike

Hiking photos – Longevity Village to Lily Village, 2012/10/07

On the last day of the big October holiday we went all the way out to Changping District for the relatively relaxing Longevity Village to Lily Village hike. Click through to see photos!

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the wall

Hiking photos – Great Wall Spur, 2012/10/05

We did a lot of hiking during the big October holiday, and enjoyed excellent weather. Click through to see some photos from our Great Wall Spur hike!

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the Great Wall

Hiking photos – Zhenbiancheng Great Wall, 2012/10/04

Out in the far west of Beijing is the Zhenbiancheng Great Wall, a stretch of unrestored Ming Dynasty-era wall. We saw a lot of beautiful autumn colours on this visit – click through to see the photos.

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Cuandixia

Hiking photos – Ming Village Overnight, 2012/09

Back in September, we headed west for a weekend out in the hills of Mentougou District. We stayed overnight in a guesthouse in Cuandixia, an ancient village, and hiked both days. The leaves were just starting to turn, and we saw some great scenery – click through for photos!

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Deling

Hiking photos – Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs, 2012/09/16

This hike took us along a route that follows old hill trails over the hills to the Ming Tombs area. It winds gently through chestnut and walnut orchards, up and down valleys and hills, before descending through a long valley that leads to the Deling and Yongling Tombs. Click through for photos and more!

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