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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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Hiking photos - Long Way to Pray for Rain, 2011/06/26

Click through to see a few photos from our Long Way to Pray for Rain hike!

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Hiking photos - White River, 2011/06/26

This hike along the White River turned into quite an adventure after heavy rains raised the river level. Everyone got quite wet, but with the hot weather it was quite nice to cool down a little! Click through to see how deep the water got!

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Hiking photos - Dragon Cloud Mountain, 2011/06/25

This scenic and easy hike took us north of Beijing on one of the best ‘blue sky’ days Beijing had seen for a while. Click through to see the photos!

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Hiking photos - Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2011/06/25

We hiked restored and unrestored sections of Great Wall on this trip, visiting Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and little bit of Simatai on a day when the weather was near perfect. Click through to see photos and a write up of this hike, including some stats!

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Hiking photos - Bashang Grasslands, 2011/06/17

We made a long weekend of our visit to the Bashang Grasslands, leaving on Friday afternoon and coming back on Sunday night. Click through to see photos of the rolling hills, grassy meadows, flowers, and animals that we saw while hiking about.

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Hiking photos - Tengger Desert Lakes, 2011/06/16

On our second trip to the Tengger Desert this year we followed a slightly different route, hiking, driving, and riding camels through the dunes. Click through to see some photos from the trip.

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Hiking photos - Zhuangdaokou Great Wall and Walled Village, 2011/06/12

This hike is an easy, relaxing stroll from the village of Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village, a small settlement that once was home to the Ming Dynasty soldiers who were in charge of the upkeep and guarding of the section of Great Wall in that area. Click through for photos and a write up of the hike.

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Hiking photos - Ingot Village and Tanzhe Temple, 2011/06/11

This hike is an easy, relaxing stroll around a small village called Yangpoyuan, near west Beijing’s Tanzhesi Temple. After exploring the courtyards and lanes of this empty village, we visited Tanzhe Temple, where we took a look around and burned some incense. Click through to see a few photos and to read an interesting story from our local guide.

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Hiking photos - Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, 2011/06/05

On this ridge and valley hike, we were accompanied by Mr. Mao, a local resident who acted as our guide. This route included a flat section across cultivated land, some short steep ascents up a rocky ridge to get good views of the nearby peaks and Great Wall towers, and a gentle stroll along the bottom of a river valley, followed by a large lunch! Click through for photos and more!

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Hiking photos - The Quarrymen’s Trail to the Ming Tombs, 2011/06/04

This hike involves a route that, for most of its length, is different from the normal trails that we take to the Ming Tombs. It winds gently through forests, valleys, and hills before joining the last part of our usual route for the descent to the tombs. Click through for photos and more!

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