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Auspicious Village

Hiking photos – Auspicious Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2011/12/10

Our Auspicious Village is a nice long walk that takes us through the typical Chinese countryside. On the way we saw small villages, empty fields, and a variety of animals commonly found in the country – click through to see some photos!

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Hiking photos - Silver Pagodas hike, 2011/11/30

We took the long way to the Silver Pagodas, walking through two small villages and crossing some nice countryside as we went. The weather was clear and crisp – click through to see photos of a very nice day out.

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Hiking photos – Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2011/11/20

The Big Black Mountain hike is a nice long tramp through the hills of Changping and Huairou District, starting off near Big Black Mountain and ending up at the Walled Village, near the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Click through to see photos from the hike.

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Hiking photos – ‘Dragon Cloud’ Mountain, 2011/11/19

On a clear and crisp late-autumn day we visited ‘Dragon Cloud’ Mountain in Miyun District for a reasonably easy hike in extremely scenic surrounds. Click through to see some photos from the trip.

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Lijiang, Yunna, China

Special trip photos – Lijiang and Shangri-La, 2011/11

Our last long distance trip for the year was to Yunnan Province, where we walked the cobbled lanes of the old towns of Lijiang and Shangri-La, did a little countryside hiking, and got a good local at the local ethnic culture. Huijie took hundreds of photographs – click through to take a look at her favourites!

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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Hiking photos - Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall hike, 2011/11/16

This hike started at a village that dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). This village is completely surrounded by a thick protective wall and is full of courtyard houses in various states of repair. From there, we walked up to a nearby stretch of Great Wall and followed it over to Huanghuacheng, taking photos along the way – click through to take a look!

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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall

Hiking photos - Zhuangdaokou to the Walled Village, 2011/11/13

On this nice and easy hike we walked between two small countryside villages, stopping midway to explore a section of Great Wall. It was a very clear day, and we had excellent views while hiking, especially from high up on the wall. Click through to read a write up and see photos!

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Huanglong Jiuzhaigou

Scouting trip photos – Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, 2011/11

In November 2011 Huijie and Yanjing headed south to Sichuan for a scouting trip to the Jiuzhaigou National Park, and the surrounding area. Their tasks: figure out how to best organise a trip down there; try out the accommodation and restaurants; and take as many photos as possible! Click through to see the results of the photo-taking task!

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Yanqing Great Wall

Hiking photos - Yanqing Great Wall, 2011/11/05

The Yanqing Great Wall is one of our favourite remote stretches of wall, and the hike we do out there has a good amount of up and down along the way. We hiked the hills and valleys on a cool autumn day – click through to see some photos.

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Hiking photos - Gubeikou Great Wall Loop Midweek, 2011/11/02

For this hike we walk a section of Great Wall at Gubeikou, a stretch of wall that has seen a little bit of renovation work but remains fairly free of visitors. Click through for photos and more!

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Hikers in Zhangye

Special trip photos - Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Prov., 2011/10

During the October holiday we did two trips way out west – the second trip was to the Danxia Landform in Gansu Province, an area of multi-coloured sandstone hills and mountains. The scenery is hard to describe, so click on through to see photos!

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Special trip photos - Journey from the West, 2011/10

During the big October holiday we did a 7-day trip through Xinjiang and Gansu, following a stretch of the Silk Road and visiting the key historic sites along the way. Click through to see seven day’s worth of photos!

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Hiking photos - Student Camping trip, 2011/09

In September we helped organise camping trips for students from one of Beijing’s international schools. Each group spent two days out, with a night of camping between two days of hiking. Click through to read a write up and see more photos.

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Hiking photos - Bashang Grassland, 2011/09/09

On our last trip to Bashang for the year, we saw the beginning of autumn colours and felt some definitely cooler temperatures! Click through to see photos.

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Hiking photos - Jinshanling Great Wall, 2011/09/21

The Jinshanling section of the Great Wall is one of our favourites: it’s an impressive example of Ming Dynasty Great Wall, it has a mixture of restored and unrestored areas, and it’s far enough out of the city to not be totally crowded. We like this hike for its great combination of historical significance, natural beauty, and good exercise! Click through to see some photos from a visit in September 2011.

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