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Hiking photos - Gubeikou Great Wall Loop Midweek, 2011/11/02

For this hike we walk a section of Great Wall at Gubeikou, a stretch of wall that has seen a little bit of renovation work but remains fairly free of visitors. Click through for photos and more!

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Hikers in Zhangye

Special trip photos - Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Prov., 2011/10

During the October holiday we did two trips way out west – the second trip was to the Danxia Landform in Gansu Province, an area of multi-coloured sandstone hills and mountains. The scenery is hard to describe, so click on through to see photos!

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Special trip photos - Journey from the West, 2011/10

During the big October holiday we did a 7-day trip through Xinjiang and Gansu, following a stretch of the Silk Road and visiting the key historic sites along the way. Click through to see seven day’s worth of photos!

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Hiking photos - Student Camping trip, 2011/09

In September we helped organise camping trips for students from one of Beijing’s international schools. Each group spent two days out, with a night of camping between two days of hiking. Click through to read a write up and see more photos.

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Hiking photos - Bashang Grassland, 2011/09/09

On our last trip to Bashang for the year, we saw the beginning of autumn colours and felt some definitely cooler temperatures! Click through to see photos.

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Hiking photos - Jinshanling Great Wall, 2011/09/21

The Jinshanling section of the Great Wall is one of our favourites: it’s an impressive example of Ming Dynasty Great Wall, it has a mixture of restored and unrestored areas, and it’s far enough out of the city to not be totally crowded. We like this hike for its great combination of historical significance, natural beauty, and good exercise! Click through to see some photos from a visit in September 2011.

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Tengger Desert

Special trip photos - Tengger Desert trip, 2011/08/07

In August we visited the Tengger Desert on a 4-day trip that included 2 days of desert hiking, driving, and camel-riding. The desert trips are some of our most popular long-distance trips - take a look at the photos to see why!

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Hiking photos - Sancha Valley, 2011/08/07

The Sancha Valley Countryside Stroll is part of the Spring Valley Loop hike. It’s a leisurely hike with a very gradual ascent up through the woods of the lower part of the of one of the valleys of our Spring Valley Loop hike. Click through for photos and more!

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Hiking photos - Great Wall Spur, 2011/08/07

This popular hike is part of our Seasons Series; we’ve done it in the spring and summer, and will repeat it in the autumn and winter. The Great Wall Spur is named for a section that branches off and ends at a cliff face. One story goes that it was built by mistake! After a challenging climb up a hill slope, we hiked along the Great Wall as it followed the top of a ridgeline, through several towers, before finishing at one of our favorite local restaurants. Click through for photos and more!

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Hiking photos - Cypress Wells Canyon, 2011/08/06

The Cypress Wells Canyon hike is a nice long hike with a short, steep ascent up through the woods and bush. Near the end of the walk, we pass a broken down section of the Yan Great Wall. Click through to see photos and a short writeup.

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Hiking photos - Bashang Grassland trip, 2011/07/29-31

We escaped Beijing’s summer heat with another visit to the Bashang Grasslands, north of Beijing. We walked, rode horse, saw lots of flowers, and enjoyed the stars! Click through to see photos!

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Hiking photos - Jinshanling Great Wall, 2011/07/31

On the last day of July we took a trip out to the Jinshanling Great Wall, just over the border in Hebei Province. The skies were clear, and we enjoyed great views of the Great Wall – click through to see a few photos!

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Special trip photos - Hulunbuir Prairie, 2011/07/14

In July, 2011, we made a visit to the Hulunbuir Prairie, known as the most beautiful in China. We took a whole lot of photos - click to see shots of the grasslands and the different sorts of flowers we saw, as well as the people and culture of the north!

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Changyucheng Village

Hiking photos - Changyucheng, 2011/07/09

This hike starts at the village of Changyucheng, which means “Long Valley City”. The village was an army outpost back in the Ming Dynasty. We explored the village, and then took a walk up to an isolated Great Wall tower. Click through for photos and a writeup.

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Hiking photos - Longevity Village to Ming Dynasty Tombs, 2011/07/09

This 14km hike took us past different types of scenery, from the steep, rocky peaks which overlook the Silver Pagodas to the more gently rolling hills in the vicinity of the Ming dynasty tombs. We were fortunate enough to have an clear day, which allowed us to fully appreciate all of the views near and far. Click through for photos and more!

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