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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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A closeup of the ramparts

Hiking photos – Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2012/03/24

We did the excellent Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike in clear weather on March 24 – click through to see photos of blue sky and Great Wall.

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On this section of unrenovated Great Wall

Hiking photos – Great Wall Spur 2012/03/18

The Great Wall Spur is a fantastic hike at any time of year. It was especially nice in the snow, which turned the surrounding peaks and valleys into a magical winter wonderland. Click through to see photos of the Great Wall covered in snow!

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A great view of a deep valley

Hiking photos – Vulture Rock Park, 2012/03/11

This hike was a moderately strenuous stroll through rolling hills and along ridgelines. We got some good exercise, and beautiful views of the peaks, valleys, and forest near Vulture Rock Park. Click through to see photos from the hike.

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