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Trail Maintenance Day

When we scouted the trail for the Zhenbiancheng Great Wall Challenge, we noticed that sections of the route leading up to the Great Wall were very bushy. In an effort to make the trail more passable, we decided to return to brush out some of the most thickly overgrown stretches. Click through to read more, and to see a few photos.

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Great Wall tower

Hiking photos - Zhenbiancheng Great Wall, 2010/04/04

Click through to see stats and photos from our Zhenbiancheng Great Wall hike - mountains, valleys, Great Wall, and an old walled town.

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Great Wall tower

Hiking photos - Nine-Eyes Tower, 2010/04/03

Photos and statistics from our visit to the Nine-Eyes Tower - click through for a look!

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Great Wall tower

Hiking photos - Gubeikou to Simatai Great Wall, 2010/03/27

In November 2009 we went and scouted out an extra bit of Great Wall to walk on at Gubeikou, and this hike was the first time we’d walked the extra section and continued on all the way to Simatai - quite a distance, and most of it on the wall. Click through for statistics and photos from the Gubeikou to Simatai Great Wall Challenge.

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Pingyao stairs and temple

Special Trip Photos - Ancient Pingyao, March 19-21, 2010

In March we did a special trip down to Shanxi Province to visit the ancient walled city of Pingyao. As well as exploring the city, we hiked in the hills outside the walls - click through to see lots of Huijie’s photos from the trip.

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Snowy trail

Hiking photos - Snowy Round Tower, 2010/03/14

We headed up to a section of the Great Wall that usually has an exhilarating view of Miyun Reservoir in one direction and Yunmengshan in the other, but whiteout conditions changed the character of the hike and presented a challenging new dimension. Click through for the writeup and a few photos.

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Wuyuan fields of flowers

Special Trip Photos - Wuyuan, April 3-5, 2010

At the beginning of April we did a special 3-day trip to Wuyuan County in Jiangxi Province. Wuyuan possesses great natural beauty, and is famous for gorgeous, vast fields of yellow rapeseed flowers, the main focus of this trip - click through to see some of Huijie’s photos.

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Temples at the top

Hiking photos - Yajishan Long Route, 2010/02/20

This longer hike in Pinggu District covered a good distance and involved two uphill jaunts, but was overall quite relaxing. On this ramble, we were able to enjoy both cultural sites at the temples as well as the natural scenery of the mountains. Click through for photos, statistics, and a write up of the hike.

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Hiking on the ridge

Hiking photos - Spring Valley Loop, 2010/02/17

On this hike during the Chinese New Year holiday we followed a scenic trail through valleys and along ridges, finishing up with a meal of dumplings and other tasty dishes of farmer’s food - click through for photos.

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Hikers and trees

Hiking photos - Auspicious Village, 2010/02/07

Our Auspicious Village walk is a good long stroll through Beijing’s countryside. On this trip we walked on fresh snow through small villages, and got a good look at a ‘travelling market’ - click through for photos and statistics.

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Snow and Great Wall

Hiking photos - Snowy Switchback Great Wall, 2010/02/06

In February we did several hikes in the snow - click through to see stats and a few photos from our February 6 visit to the Switchback Great Wall.

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Walking in Intelligence Valley

Hiking photos - Intelligence Valley, 2010/01/31

We headed north into Huairou District, past the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, to the head of Intelligence Valley for a wintertime walk along one of our easier routes. Click through for stats, writeup, and a few photos!

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Hiking photos - Lotus Pond to Mutianyu, Great Wall Spur

Click through to see some shots from the recent Lotus Pond to Mutianyu (2010/01/24) and Great Wall Spur (2010/01/27) hikes.

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Woolly dog in snow

Hiking photos - Rolling Hills, 2010/01/17

This hike in Miyun is an old favorite and took us through some very pretty landscape. There were no major climbs, so we covered a good amount of distance over the course of the day. Click through for photos of snow-covered hills and fields.

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Snow on frozen river

Hiking photos - Longyunshan and White River, 2010/01/16

This hike in Miyun County took us well past the trailheads for the Round Tower Great Wall and Immortal Valley hikes up to the top of Longyunshan. Click here for pictures of our hike above the canyon and along the riverside.

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Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

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