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Hiking photos – Nine-Eyes tower and Pizza Hike, 2012/05/26

This hike is one of sweeping views, natural beauty and an enjoyably rustic section of the Great Wall at Jiankou . Even though this hike is a tough one, it’s well worth doing, especially with the prospect of a feast of pizza waiting for us at the end. Click through to see more photos!

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the muscle

Hiking photos – Yoga hike: Silver Pagodas to Lily Village, 2012/05/23

Recently we’ve been started doing yoga hikes—heading out to scenic and serene places in the countryside, and taking a walk to a peaceful spot to do a session or two of yoga. On this trip, we were hiking around the Silver Pagodas area – click through to see some photos.

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Our local guide

Special trip photos – Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2012/05

In May we headed out to Gansu Province for a good combination of hiking and visits to culturally significant historic sites. Click through to see Huijie’s excellent photos.

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a well deserved rest break

Hiking photos – Switchback Great Wall, 2012/05/05

Our Switchback Great Wall hike follows an obscure stretch of unrestored Great Wall in Yanqing County. It’s a reasonably short hike, but there’s a lot of climbing to do – click through to see photos from the trail.

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The next morning

Special trip photos – Tengger Desert Lakes, 2012/05

In May we headed out to Inner Mongolia for a trip in the Tengger Desert, a sand desert with endless waves of sand dunes and a surprisingly large amount of lakes. Click through to see photos of the desert, dunes, lakes, and camels.

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The windy Great Wall

Hiking photos – Great Wall Spur, 2012/05/02

One of our first hikes in May 2012 was the Great Wall Spur, an picturesque stretch of unrestored Great Wall in Huairou District. Click through to see the photos!

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rolling hills

Hiking photos – A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2012/05/01

We did our old Long Way to Catch the Train hike on the first day of May, walking through fields and hills and getting a good look at the countryside lifestyle. Click through to see photos of fields, villages, farm animals, and more!

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eight banners

Hiking photos – Yajishan Temple Fair, 2012/04/25

Every year, there’s a big temple fair at Yajishan in Pinggu District, and we timed this trip so we could visit the fair before we did our hike. It was well worth a look, with interesting stalls, shows, and sights all over the place - click through to see our photos!

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Hiking photos – Earth Day 2012

We organised several activities for Earth Day in April 2012, including our annual cleanup hike. Click through to see a few photos!

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Mr Mao Orchard

Hiking photos – Mr Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, 2012/04/22

In late April we took a walk in the hills and valleys around our local friend’s chestnut orchards. Click through to see photos of the scenery and other things we spotted out in the hills.

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peach blossom

Hiking photos – Immortal Valley, 2012/04/15

We did our Immortal Valley hike on a nice sunny day in April – click through to see some photos.

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An ornate gate

Hiking photos – Eastern Qing Tombs, 2012/04/08

To the northeast and southwest of Beijing city there are two sites where the tombs of Qing Dynasty Emperors can be found. For this hike, we headed north-east, to the Eastern Qing Tombs, for a hike that took us over the hills to the tombs. Click through to see more photos!

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a tiny moon floating overhead

Hiking photos – Full Moon hike, 2012/04/07

We took advantage of a full moon to go out for a night hike, and, while night photography while hiking is not so easy, we got a couple of shots – click through to see a few photos of the moon and hiking group.

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we get off from the Great Wall start hiking into the dirt paths

Hiking photos – High Tower hike, 2012/03/31

It was a windy day back in March when we did the High Tower hike, a great challenging hike in the hills north-west of the city. Click through to see photos of hills, Great Wall, ice, reservoirs, and villagers.

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Special trip photos – Wuyuan, Jiangxi Prov., 2012/03/23-25

We visited Wuyuan to visit and hike around small riverside villages, and to see the fields of flowers - click through to see photos of some amazing scenery!

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