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Herdsman and horses

Scouting photos - Hulunbeir, Inner Mongolia, July 2010

In July 2010 Huijie and Yanjing headed up to the Hulunbeir Grasslands in the far north of Inner Mongolia, looking for good places to visit on a longer trip. As well as the grasslands, they visited towns on the border of China and Russia. Click through to see some photos.

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Great Wall tower

Hiking photos - Badgers’ Pass and Lotus Pond Overnight, 2010/7/31

At the end of July we did our Badgers’ Pass and Lotus Pond Great Wall overnight hike, staying in a small guesthouse far out in the Beijing countryside. Click through to read about it, and to see some photos.

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Camel

Special Trip Photos - Tengger Desert, July 2010

In July 2010 we headed to a different area of Inner Mongolia’s Alashan Plateau for a 4-day trip that included two nights camping in the desert. Click through to see photos!

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Hikers walking through grasslands

Special Trip Photos - Bashang Grasslands, 2010/06/18

In June 2010 we made a two day trip to the Bashang Grasslands in the north of Hebei Province, very close to Inner Mongolia. During the trip we hiked, rode horses, and enjoyed a musical performance by local herdsmen and farmers. Click through for a selection of Huijie’s photos!

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Campsite in the mountains

Hiking photos - Yanqing Great Wall Camping, June 2010

This backpacking trip along the Great Wall took us into Hebei Province, where we followed the Wall between Big Camp Plate Village and Chenjiapu Village. We carried all of our food and gear, including tents, sleeping bags, clothes, and stoves, on our backs for the two-day trip. Click through to see some photos!

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Hikers in a rocky Canyon

Hiking photos - The Great Flood, 2010/06/06

On June 6th we headed out to Miyun County for the Great Flood hike, a very scenic trail that had us following rivers through boulder-filled canyons, climbing a steep valley, and walking through grassy meadows on the way to a village that was abandoned after a particularly large flood. Click through for photos and stats from the hike.

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Great Wall tower of the Zhenbiancheng section of Great Wall

Hiking photos - Zhenbiancheng and Big Plate Great Wall Challenge, 2010/5/15

Of the 18.5 kilometers we hiked, it seemed like we might have been walking on flat ground for just 1km in total. Despite a thick haze as we left the urban area of Beijing, we had breathtaking views of Hebei and the western border of Yanqing County as we tramped for seven and a half hours on the Zhenbiancheng section of the Great Wall. Click through for photos, a write-up, and statistics from the hike.

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Trail through fields

Hiking photos - Quarrymen’s Trail to the Ming Tombs, 2010/05/12

One of our classic routes, this hike took us near the Ming Tombs in Changping District. We explored the nearby mountains before having a quick peek at two of the tombs, Yongling and Deling. Click through for photos and a write up of the hike.

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Trail through fields

Special Trip Photos - Alashan Desert, May 1-4, 2010

In May 2010 we travelled out to the Alashan region of the Gobi Desert on a four day trip through the desert. As well as exploring the dunes and seas of sand, we visited desert lakes and oases, rode camels, visited the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, and hiked in the Helan Mountains. Click through for a selection of Huijie’s photos!

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Mr Mao

Hiking photos - Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, 2010/04/24

On April 24, 2010, we headed out to Huairou District for a nice easy walk through Mr. Mao’s chestnut orchards - click through to see some photos from the hike.

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Trail maintenance

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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