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Donkeys, Beijing Hikers Heilongtan hike

Hiking photos - Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, 2011/04/06

On this ridge and valley hike, we were accompanied by Mr. Mao, our local guide, as well as Betsy Taylor, a naturalist who introduced us to some of the flora and fauna that we saw. We had a chance to enjoy interesting information, fun exercise, nice weather, and good views, followed by a large lunch! Click through for photos and more!

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Beijing Hikers Wuyuan hike

Hiking photos - Wuyuan, April 2011

In April 2011, we travelled to South China’s Jiangxi Province to look about the county of Wuyuan. Click through for photos of old villages, rivers, and the fields of flowers we hiked through.

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the towers, Beijing Hikers Nine Eyes Tower hike

Hiking photos - Nine-Eyes Tower, 2011/03/20

This hike takes us up to a Great Wall Tower with spectacular, sweeping views of the Great Wall at Jiankou, the Chinese Knot, as well as the section we walk on the Great Wall Spur hike. The hike is a reasonably tough one but is well worth the effort. Click through for photos and more!

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the towersl, Beijing Hikers Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike

Hiking photos - Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall, 2011/3/19

This hike follows a section of the Great Wall as it straddles the border in Yangqing county northwest of Beijing. After climbing up from a valley, we hiked along the Wall, finally reaching a fantastic lookout point on the General’s Tower. The views from there were great that day even in spite of the hazy skies. Click through for photos and more!

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The trail, Beijing Hikers Heilongtan hike

Hiking photos - Get Lost Again, 2011/03/16

On this ridge and valley hike, we were accompanied by Betsy Taylor, a naturalist who explained some of the flora and fauna that we saw. This all inclusive hike combined some natural science education, exercise, nice weather, and good views, followed by a large lunch! Click through for photos and more!

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n some parts of the valley, Beijing Hikers Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall hike

Hiking photos - Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall, 2011/03/13

This early spring hike had us walking along top of a ridge as well as through the bottom of a valley. We followed the Great Wall and enjoyed fantastic views of the mountains north of Beijing before we started following a semi-frozen river up the valley. The temperatures were starting to warm up, but there was still some ice on the ground! Click through for photos and more!

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Hikers, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike

Hiking photos - Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, 2011/03/09

On this ridge and valley hike, we were accompanied by Mr. Mao, a local resident who acted as our guide, and Betsy Taylor, a naturalist who explained some of the flora and fauna that we saw. This all inclusive hike combined some natural science education, exercise, nice weather, and good views, followed by a large lunch!

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A man and his donkey, Beijing Hikers Heilongtan hike

Hiking photos - Auspicious Village to Huanghuacheng, 2011/03/06

We had crystal clear skies and cool temperatures for our hike from the Auspicious village to Huanghuacheng. As we made our approach into the mountains, we had good views of the surrounding hills and cliffs, and as well as a high section of Great Wall and distant peaks after pausing for lunch. Click through to see some photos of the countryside of Beijing.

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Gubeikou Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou hike

Hiking photos - Gubeikou Loop Hike, 2011/03/05

This hike is a variation on the famous Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike, but which loops around to end at the starting place. 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 for photos.

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A frozen river , Beijing Hikers The Perfect Loop hike

Hiking photos - The Perfect Loop hike, 2011/03/02

We headed out into Pinggu District on a pleasant day to do a hike we hadn’t yet done in 2011. The hike took us up a pretty valley and down a road that wound its way along the mountainside. We also went through a canyon with a frozen river that had been turned into a park. Click through for photos and more!

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A large icefall, Beijing Hikers Heilongtan hike

Hiking photos - Heilongtan Valley Ice Festival, 2011/02/19

During winter, the park officials at Heilongtan commission artists from the far north of China to help them create ice sculptures for their winter festival. On this relaxing day out we explored the valley, with caves and frozen waterfalls and streams to see as well as all sculptures of the festival.

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The Silver Pagoda Complex, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagoda hike

Hiking photos - Silver Pagodas hike, 2011/02/13

This was our first hike after the only big snowfall of 2011 so far. Although the conditions made the hike a little more challenging, it also made the scenery more beautiful. The snow-covered pagoda complex was even more stunning than usual.

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It was a great day for photography, Beijing Hikers White River hike

Hiking photos - White River Ice Hike, 2011/02/05

The White River hike is excellent in both the summer and winter because of how the water changes. On this hike we crossed back and forth across the frozen river, admiring both the icefalls in the cliffs above us as well as the beautiful icicles in the holes underfoot. As we walked on the river’s ice, we noted the interesting changes in how it formed.

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A view of the Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall

Hiking photos - Switchback Great Wall, 2011/02/04

This hike follows the Great Wall as it straddles the border between Hebei and Beijing. After climbing up a valley, we hiked along the Wall, finally reaching a fantastic lookout point on the General’s Tower. The weather on this day was perfect, with the temperature starting to drop only after we were done with the hike.

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Hiking photos - Great Wall Spur hike, 2011/02/02

This popular hike is part of our Seasons Series; we’ll be doing it again in the spring, summer, and autumn. 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.

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Hiking photos - Yajishan Temple Fair, 2011/05/04

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