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Views of hills and mountains surrounding Longyunshan

Dragon Cloud Mountain, 2012/12/30

The hike to Longyunshan is a scenic but not too challenging hike in Miyun District. It allows us to get great views of the surrounding countryside, peaks, and valleys from the top of Dragon Cloud Mountain before we explore the beautiful White River valley below, which gives us a totally different perspective with views of the canyon floor.

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Beijing Hikers Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong

2012 Long Distance trips review: Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Gansu, and more

In 2012 we did more of our special long distance trips, visiting interesting and scenic locations outside of Beijing – some old favourites, some new trips. Click through to see a summary of where we went in 2012, with link to see extra photos and write ups!

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At the hot springs hotsl

Hike photos – Boxing Day Great Wall and Hot Springs, 2012/12/26

On Boxing Day we did a special hike: a climb on the snowy Great Wall, followed by a soak in the pool at a secluded hot springs hotel. Great hike, great meal, great soak, great photos – click through to see photos and a writeup!

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Hiking photos – Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, 2012/12/23

This hike starts at a place called ‘Auspicious Village’, and finishes at another village named ‘Eastern Palace.’ It sounds like an interesting hike, and it is, even though there isn’t actually an palace at the end. What makes the hike interesting is all the sights of the countryside we see along the way: small villages, farmers and fields, terraces and trees, donkeys and dogs. Click through to see photos!

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Hiking photos – Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, 2012/12/22

We took a roundabout way from Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas, walking through two small villages and chestnut orchards with nice views of the surrounding countryside. Click through to see photos from the nice day we had!

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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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