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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town, 2013/10/19

See photos from our hike through Cypress Wells Canyon and visit to Yongning Town: autumn scenery, hills, and canyons, plus a shot of a super cool goat.

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Camels and sand dunes at Crescent Lake, Beijing Hiker’s Journey from the West, 2013/10

Xinjiang Journey from the West, 2013/10

See photos from our seven-day Silk Road trip in October, featuring shots of scenery and sights on the way east from Urumqi to Jiayuguan.

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Video from Pinnacle Tower hike, 2013/10

Hiker Yvonne has a travel blog, and as part of her travels she came hiking with us to the Pinnacle Tower on October 4, 2013.

Visit her blog to see the video – we think it’s very good!

Link: Pinnacle Tower hike on goyvon.com (Dutch/English)

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Hikers in the desert, Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform, 2013/09

Badain Jaran Desert and Zhangye Danxia Landform, 2013/09

In September we made a trip that took in the Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu Province, and the Badain Jaran desert in Inner Mongolia.

We had a great time out there, and we managed to get all the way to the top of the world’s third-tallest sand dune – no easy climb.

Click through to see the photos and Huijie’s trip report.

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Evergreen pines mixed with deciduous trees.

Dahaituo Mountain, 2013/09/22

Dahaituo Mountain is located in the far northwest of Beijing, on the border with Hebei Province.

For much of the hike we were walking in the clouds, but on the way down from the top the skies started to clear a little and we were able to see some excellent autumn colours while walking out through birch and pine forests.

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Hiking on the Great Wall, Beijing Hiker’s Switchback Great Wall hike, 2013/09/01

Switchback Great Wall, 2013/09/01

We had lovely clear weather for hiking the Great Wall, and got some excellent photos of an obscure section of Great Wall in Yanqing County.

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Clear skies over Lake Karakul.

Kashgar and Lake Karakul trip, 2013/08

In August we headed west into Xinjiang, visiting Kashgar city and heading up into the mountains for a trek that peaked at the base camp of Mt. Muztagh-Ata.

As well as the sights of Kashgar, and the high mountain scenery, we got a very good look at some of the local customs, with a Krygyz camel team with us on the trek, and a visit to a Uyghur family farm near Kashgar.

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the start of the hike

Aershan National Forest Park, Inner Mongolia, 2013/08

The A’ershan National Forest Park is located at the northeast end of Inner Mongolia. While there, we hiked in the rolling hills of the area, and spent a day exploring the crater lakes, lava flows, and rivers in an area that had been previously volcanically active. Click through for photos!

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A horse-and-carriage track through the wide grassland

Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2013/07

Once a year we head north to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia for a long trip that takes us on a tour of the grasslands and wetlands, and small towns on the border of China and Russia. This year we had great weather, with big blue skies over the wildflowers and green grasslands. Click through to see the photos.

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the start of the hike

The Great Flood hike, 2013/07/28

It’s been tough to see a blue sky in Beijing recently, but after a big rainfall the skies cleared out, and, as a bonus, all the streams and pools along this trail were full of clear and cool water. Water in Beijing? Click through to see the proof!

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sandstone landform

Silk Road: Korla to Kashgar, 2013/06

In July we made a seven day road trip along a lesser-travelled section of the Silk Road, heading west to Kashgar and passing through obscure yet interesting cities and towns like Korla, Kuqa, and Aksu. Click through for photos of the Silk Road sights.

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the start of the hike

Western Qing Tombs overnight, 2013/06

Our Western Qing Tombs weekend trip is a special one that we only arrange once or twice a year. The focus is on the tombs and artifacts left behind by the last dynasty of China, but the surrounding scenery and nearby lake are also worth the long drive out into Hebei Province.

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the second day

Bashang Grasslands, June 2013

In June we made this year’s first trip to the Bashang Grasslands, located in Hebei province, north of Beijing. On the trip the highlight was two days of hiking in the grasslands. We also made time to try a little horse-milk liquor, and enjoyed dancing, a performance by locals, and an evening bonfire.

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The pizza being put together

Jiankou Pizza hike, 2013/06/15

Our good friends at Gung Ho! Pizza have a little pizza oven out at their courtyard nearby the Jiankou Great Wall, and were good enough to arrange a feast of pizza for us after we’d finished our hike up to the Nine-Eyes Tower. Click through to see a few photos!

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good luck

Tanzhesi Temple Hike, 2013/6/15

Tanzhe Temple is one of the oldest temples in Beijing, and it’s well worth a look about. We added some extra fun by exploring a nearby abandoned village before our visit to the temple. Click through to see photos from the village and Tanzhe Temple.

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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2018/03/11

In Brief: See a set of 20+ photos from our cloudy and cold hike from Big Black Mountain over to the Walled Village.

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