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2015 Hiking Festival photos

Our second annual hiking festival was super fun! Click through to read a report from the festival, and to see more than 70 photos from the 24km Challenge and the 10km Hike for Fun.

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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

During the October Golden Week holiday we made a seven-day expedition along the Silk Road, with stops in Korla, Kuqa, Aksu, and Kashgar.

As well as checking out the sights in the old oasis towns that were key stops on the journey to the west we camped a night in Baicheng, where we hiked in some stunning scenery that’s well off of the tourist track.

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Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, 2015/10

On this two-day trip we hiked the Great Wall at Gubeikou and camped overnight in one of the big towers. On the second day we hiked on to the Jinshanling Great Wall.

The second day was quite a contrast to the first, after fog and mist rolled in.

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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and Zhagana, Gansu Province

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and Zhagana, Gansu Province, September 2015

We were in this area in April 2015 on a scouting trip, and thought it would be a special area for a trip because of the scenery and the local Tibetan culture.

In September 2015 we took a group there for the first time – click through to see 100+ photos of the scenery, temples, locals, and the hiking team.

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High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

We joined two of our trails together to make a good long hike, aiming to make the most of the very pleasant September weather. We succeeded in our aim - a most pleasant day was had! Click through to see the photographic evidence.

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Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2015/09/19

Gubeikou Great Wall Loop, 2015/09/19

We had beautiful blue skies and awesome views of the wall on this visit to Gubeikou. After hiking up from Gubeikou Village we walked up to 24-Eyes Tower, getting a great look at this part of the Great Wall.

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Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2015/09/12

Chinese Knot Great Wall, 2015/09/12

The ‘Chinese Knot’ (also known as the ‘Beijing Knot’) is a spot on the Jiankou Great Wall where three lines of Great Wall intersect. Nearby the Knot is the iconic ‘Pine Tree on the Wall’, featured in a whole lot of photo albums from the Jiankou Great Wall.

On this trail we hike over from the Beijing side, following part of our Great Wall Spur trail before making the steep climb up to the Chinese Knot.

Click through to see photos from a September visit – Great Wall, green hills, and blue skies.

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Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Great Wall Spur hike, 2015/09/13

Beautiful blue skies and cool temperatures - perfect weather for a hike on the Great Wall. Click through to see photos from our hike along the Great Wall Spur.

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2015/10/09

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2015/09/10

Our Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike is a Level 3 hike with some Level 4-type steep climbs - just about 6km in total, but with some steep sections of restored and wild wall to get up and down.

On this visit we enjoyed the clear and cool weather as well as the views of Great Wall, mountains, and the first sights of autumn colours in the foliage.

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Full Moon over the Silver Pagodas, 2015/9/29

Full Moon over the Silver Pagodas, 2015/8/29

Hiking at night is something you don’t get to do every … day? We keep an eye on the moon phases, and always try get out for a night hike when the full moon falls on a Friday or Saturday. It’s a great feeling to walk by the light of the moon, and strolling around at night you get to see yet another side of Beijing’s countryside.

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Shuitou Village Loop hike, 2015/08/22

Shuitou Village Loop hike, 2015/08/22

We scouted out a new trail that would take us through mountains and valleys to Shuitou Village, a remote farming area way out in Hebei Province.

For the walk we had beautiful blue skies and cool weather, and we hiked through a great mix of scenery.

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Ming Village overnight, 2015/08

Ming Village overnight, 2015/08

We had a great weekend walking about in Mentougou District, staying overnight in the Cuandixia ‘Ming’ Village and exploring Dragon Gate Gorge. Click through to read a report and see photos.

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Floating Down the White River, 2015/08/16

Floating Down the White River, 2015/08/16

Here’s a fun way to stay cool in summer – take a wee float down the White River, and then hike the rest of the way, staying cool in the water.

Click through to see 30+ photos of floating and hiking down the river on a beautiful blue sky day.

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Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

Bashang Grasslands, August 2015

The Bashang Grasslands are one of our favourite spots for a weekend escape during the summer, far enough north from Beijing that the temperatures are sometimes 10°C cooler.

We head out a few times a year, arriving late on a Friday night and doing two half-days of hiking and other activities in the area before coming back to Beijing.

Click through to see a set of photos from our August 2015 visit, with shots of hikers, horses, hills, and big blue skies.

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Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

Walled Village to the Little West Lake, 2015/08/08

The Huanghuacheng area has a pretty mixture of restored and unrestored Great Wall the, making it a good spot for a Great Wall hike. Add to that old barracks at the Walled Village, the chestnut orchards and fields, and the reservoir views, and there’s plenty to see while walking about.

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