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A great view of a deep valley

Hiking photos – Vulture Rock Park, 2012/03/11

This hike was a moderately strenuous stroll through rolling hills and along ridgelines. We got some good exercise, and beautiful views of the peaks, valleys, and forest near Vulture Rock Park. Click through to see photos from the hike.

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the clear and blue sky

Hiking photos – Gubeikou Great Wall and Hemp Village, 2012/03/10

This hike is a variation on the famous Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike, but finishing with a walk out through Hemp Village instead of continuing to Jinshanling. It’s on an unrestored section of Great Wall and as such, tends to get less traffic than recently renovated sections of the Wall. Click through to see photos and a write up of the hike.

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at the start of the hike

Hiking photos – Lily Village, 2012/03/04

Our Lily Village to the Silver Pagodas hike is a nice easy hike walk the countryside, and on this visit we got good photos of the peaceful countryside after a snowfall – click through to take a look!

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the switchback section

Hiking photos – Switchback Great Wall, 2012/03/03

After a fall of snow the day before, we were unsure if we’d be able to do this hike. Our local contacts said all was ok, so we headed out for a day of tricky hiking on the Great Wall in the snow. Click through to see photos of the wall and hikers in the snow.

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A winter snowscape

Hiking photos – The Rolling Hills, 2012/03/03

Our original plan for this date was to visit Dragon Cloud Mountain, but heavy snow the day before meant that we couldn’t get there. We thought that the easier version of our Rolling Hills hike might be a nice one in the snow, and we were right – click through to see photos!

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The GreatWall

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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Abandoned Village and Tanzhe Temple trip, 2017/09/15

In Brief: As a special trip for a school we took a walk about an abandoned village and then we headed to Tanzhe Temple for a tour—see thirty-three photos from the village and the temple.

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