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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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Immortal Valley

Hiking photos - Immortal Valley Loop, 2010/01/10

Much of the snow between the start of this hike and the highest point had been cleared away by park staff, but the trail we followed back down was still covered, which made for a very interesting descent! Click through for photos and our writeup.

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Hiking photos - Gubeikou to Jinshanling, 2010/01/09

We found a new place to start hiking at Gubeikou, and were able to add an extra hour of Great Wall walking on this visit. With a clear blue skies, light snow on the ground, and no other hikers in the area, this was a particularly fine day of hiking - click through to see the photos and read the stats.

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A snowy path

Hiking photos - Snow Day, 2010/01/03

We had to change our hiking plan on very short notice because of the heavy snow that had fallen overnight and continued to fall throughout the day, but we had quite an adventure out in the Changping countryside. Click here for photos of our snow day.

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Hikers and ribbons

Hiking photos - Hike and Hot Springs, 2010/01/02

Our first hike of the new decade took us out to Changping District for one of our easier hikes followed by a soak at a local hot springs hotel. Click through for photos of the hike and of the delicious meal we ate after warming up in the springs.

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Tower on Great Wall

Hiking photos - Round Tower Great Wall, 2009/12/27

Our last hike of 2009 took us up to the mountains near Miyun County for a spectacular panorama of Yunmeng Mountain, Yunmeng Gorge, and the Miyun reservoir – click to see photos of this 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

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