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Hiking photos – Yanqing Great Wall, 2012/02/25

The Yanqing Great Wall is one of our favourites for a good rugged hike, and we had the hills all to ourselves on the slightly chilly day we visited. Click through to see photos of hills, hikers, and the wild Great Wall!

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Great Wall Tower

Hiking photos – Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2012/02/04

We drove out into Yanqing District to visit an unrestored section of Great Wall that we call the Switchback. We got good photos on a nice clear day – click through to take a look!

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White River canyon

Hiking photos – Dragon Cloud Mountain, 2012/02/01

On this hike we drove way out into Miyun District to climb up on to Dragon Cloud Mountain and to cross the frozen White River. Click through to see photos!

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Silver Pagodas

Hiking photos – Triangle Hike and Silver Pagodas, 2012/01/22

For this hike we joined two of our older trails to make a longer trek, starting with a long walk through the countryside before climbing up to the top of the mountain behind the Silver Pagodas. Click through to see some photos from the hike.

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Hiking photos – Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, 2011/12/24

Every year we do a Christmas hike, usually walking a nice stretch of Great Wall before a feast of food at a local restaurant. For 2011, we did the Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike – click through to see a whole lot of Great Wall photos!

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Sixteen trips, seven provinces: a review of our 2011 Long Distance trips

In 2011 we did sixteen special long distance trips, visiting interesting and scenic locations outside of Beijing. We’ll be doing more of them in 2012—some to the same places, and some others to places we didn’t get to in 2011. Click through to see photos from where we went in 2011, and where we’ll be going in 2012!

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Auspicious Village

Hiking photos – Auspicious Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2011/12/10

Our Auspicious Village is a nice long walk that takes us through the typical Chinese countryside. On the way we saw small villages, empty fields, and a variety of animals commonly found in the country – click through to see some photos!

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Hiking photos - Silver Pagodas hike, 2011/11/30

We took the long way to the Silver Pagodas, walking through two small villages and crossing some nice countryside as we went. The weather was clear and crisp – click through to see photos of a very nice day out.

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Hiking photos – Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2011/11/20

The Big Black Mountain hike is a nice long tramp through the hills of Changping and Huairou District, starting off near Big Black Mountain and ending up at the Walled Village, near the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Click through to see photos from the hike.

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Hiking photos – ‘Dragon Cloud’ Mountain, 2011/11/19

On a clear and crisp late-autumn day we visited ‘Dragon Cloud’ Mountain in Miyun District for a reasonably easy hike in extremely scenic surrounds. Click through to see some photos from the trip.

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Lijiang, Yunna, China

Special trip photos – Lijiang and Shangri-La, 2011/11

Our last long distance trip for the year was to Yunnan Province, where we walked the cobbled lanes of the old towns of Lijiang and Shangri-La, did a little countryside hiking, and got a good local at the local ethnic culture. Huijie took hundreds of photographs – click through to take a look at her favourites!

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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Hiking photos - Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike, 2011/11/16

This hike started at a village that dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). This village is completely surrounded by a thick protective wall and is full of courtyard houses in various states of repair. From there, we walked up to a nearby stretch of Great Wall and followed it over to Huanghuacheng, taking photos along the way – click through to take a look!

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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall

Hiking photos - Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village, 2011/11/13

On this nice and easy hike we walked between two small countryside villages, stopping midway to explore a section of Great Wall. It was a very clear day, and we had excellent views while hiking, especially from high up on the wall. Click through to read a write up and see photos!

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Huanglong Jiuzhaigou

Scouting trip photos – Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, 2011/11

In November 2011 Huijie and Yanjing headed south to Sichuan for a scouting trip to the Jiuzhaigou National Park, and the surrounding area. Their tasks: figure out how to best organise a trip down there; try out the accommodation and restaurants; and take as many photos as possible! Click through to see the results of the photo-taking task!

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Yanqing Great Wall

Hiking photos - Yanqing Great Wall, 2011/11/05

The Yanqing Great Wall is one of our favourite remote stretches of wall, and the hike we do out there has a good amount of up and down along the way. We hiked the hills and valleys on a cool autumn day – click through to see some photos.

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an abandoned village

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

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