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Private hike for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, 2015/04/15

Private hike for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, 2015/04/15

As well as the join-in hikes and trips you see on the website, we do a lot of trips on request for schools and office groups.

For this trip for the students at Beijing’s Beanstalk International Bilingual School we took care of the hiking and safety side of things, with the school providing the buses.

Click through to see some photos from the hike along the Gubeikou Great Wall.

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Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/04

Longquanyu Great Wall and the Little West Lake, 2015/03/05

The Longquanyu Great Wall is found in the hills north of the Ming Tombs, and it’s a short section with some very steep climbs. The weather for the hike was nice and warm – as though spring had arrived early! The scenery in the hills hadn’t caught up, though: all brown and bare, and the Little West Lake was still fully frozen. A fun hike, anyway! Click through to see 24 photos from the walk on the wall.

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2015/02/21

The Switchback Great Wall is one of our favourite places for escaping the crowds and tackling some challenging climbs. Because we travel out past the very popular tourist sections near Badaling, we are left with an unrestored stretch of the Great Wall all to ourselves. Click through to see all the photos!

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Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

Nine-Eyes Tower snow hike, 2015/02/20

The Nine-Eyes Tower hike is fairly tricky on a good day - steep and rocky, with some very slippery bits.

On this visit we had to change the plan a little: the snow made certain sections of the trail unwalkable, and we shortened the hike to be sure we’d be on the way back before the roads started icing over.

We didn’t see quite as much of the Great Wall as we’d wanted to, but the beautiful snowy scenery certainly made up for that – click through to see the photos!

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Jiankou Big West Great Wall, 2015/02/11

Jiankou ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2015/02/11

The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou is quite a mixture—some of it totally collapsed and rough, and some of it in excellent condition despite going more than four hundred years without any repairs.

Click through to see 30+ photos from a cold day out on the Great Wall.

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Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

The Gubeikou Great Wall is one of our favourite spots for a relaxed walk along the Great Wall, because of the long views of the old wall running through the hills. Perfect on a blue sky day! Click through to see fifteen photos from our hike back in February.

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White River ice hike, 2015/01/27

White River ice hike, 2015/01/27

The White River hike is one of our most popular hikes, but we can only do it at certain times in the year. In summer, heavy rain often means the river runs too high to ford. In early spring and late autumn, the water is too cold! But in the middle of winter, the river freezes over and we can walk down the ice. Click through to see photos from the hike!

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Pinnacle Tower, 2015/01/02

Pinnacle Tower, 2015/01/02

Fourteen photos from a wintertime hike up to the Pinnacle Tower.

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Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

We do Christmas hikes every year, and because Christmas 2014 was on a Thursday (when a lot of people in China have to work) we added another Christmas-time hike on the 27th, for those who had to miss the fun on the 25th. Click through to see photos from the hike and the dumpling-making competition!

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Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Jiankou to Mutianyu

We do Christmas hikes every year, and in 2014 we hiked from Jiankou to Mutianyu on Christmas Day. Click through to see photos of blue sky, Great Wall, and the dumpling-making competition!

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Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

Miyun Reservoir Birdwatching Overnighter, 2014/11

For this birding trip we headed out to the Miyun Reservoir, accompanied by expert birder Terry from Birding Beijing. The birds were bountiful, and it was a great weekend of spotting. Click through to see the photos!

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Zhenbiancheng Great Wall loop hike, 2014/11/8

On this visit to the Zhenbiancheng Great Wall the skies were that special ‘APEC blue’ colour, and the temperatures were cool and crisp. Just perfect for a bit of hiking!

The Great Wall out here dates back to the early Ming Dynasty and hasn’t been repaired or restored since then. That means it’s in fairly rough shape, and during the hike we skirted around those sections – too slippery, and no fun for walking!

Click through to see photos of those tricky sections of Great Wall, and more!

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Cypress Wells Canyon hike, 2014/11/09

Cypress Wells Canyon hike, 2014/11/09

Our hike to Cypress Wells Canyon follows easy trails through a forested valley and up to a pass before descending through a scenic canyon. On this hike we saw very varied scenery: including cliffs and canyons, and abandoned village, pine forests, and a very old line of Great Wall. Click through to see thirteen photos from the hike.

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Yajishan Taoist Temples hike, 2014/10

Yajishan Taoist Temples teambuilding trip, 2014/10

This was a special teambuilding trip for the employees of the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. Every year we help them choose a good spot for a great hike that has options for faster hikers as well as those who’d like a more relaxed outing.

This year we went to the Taoist temples at Yajishan, a scenic spot where steep stairs ascend to the two temples at the top, passing smaller temples and shrines on the way.

Click through to see photos from the teambuilding event!

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CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

We’re best known for our small-group hikes, and over the years we’ve built a solid system of organisation. Over all those years, we’ve also hiked pretty much everywhere in Beijing!

With all that experience we’re able to put together activities for larger groups, chosing locations that suit the activity requirements and fitness levels of participants, and making sure everything runs as smoothly as our normal hikes and trips. And of course there’s going to be some hiking involved.

China National Convention Center (CNCC) chose us to do their October company teambuilding, and we took them out into the hills for a relaxing day out of the office - click through to see photos of hiking and taichi teambuilding.

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Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

Gubeikou Great Wall hike, 2015/02/08

In Brief: Fifteen photos from a walk along the Gubeikou Great Wall on a beautiful blue sky day.

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