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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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Tower on Great Wall

Hiking photos - Switchback Great Wall, 2009/12/16

Our usual route along this stretch of the Great Wall is steep and a little dangerous. On this visit we walked a shorter version - a bit shorter, still a bit steep in places, same great views! Click through to see photos of hikers on the wall and hillsides.

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A snowy path

Hiking photos - Cypress Wells Canyon, 2009/12/13

This is one of our new trails, and this trip was the first time we’d taken a group of hikers out there - click through for photos of the canyon, an abandoned village, and Warring States-era Great Wall.

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View of Great Wall

Hiking photos - Big Black Mountain, 2009/12/12

Click through to see photos from our hike from Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, a scenic walk through hills and small villages.

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Immortal Valley

Hiking photos - Immortal Valley, 2009/12/09

Immortal Valley is nice and shady in summer, and has a nice stream running right down the middle. In winter it all ices up, and this year the park workers diverted some of the water to create strange icy shapes in caves and on the cliff faces - click through to see some photos.

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Cows

Hiking photos - A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2009/12/06

Our Long Way to Catch the Train hike is a good long walk through the Beijing countryside, passing four small villages, and following a trail that some of the residents of those villages used to walk to get to the train station. Click through to see photos of village life and mountain scenery.

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Tower on Great Wall

Hiking photos - Flower Tower Great Wall, 2009/12/05

The Flower Tower is a long way from Beijing’s city center, making it a section of interesting Great Wall that is certainly not that well known, or often visited. We went out there on a nice, clear Saturday - click through to see some of the photos we took.

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Goats

Hiking photos - War Tunnels and Lost Village, 2009/12/03

For this Wednesday trip we paid a visit to the War Tunnels Museum on the outskirts of Shunyi District before walking a nice hillside trail in Pinggu District, ending up at the Lost Village - click through to see photos from the hiking part of the day.

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Inside Tanzhe Temple

Hiking photos - Ingot Village and Tanzhe Temple, 2009/11/29

We’ve often passed Tanzhe Temple on the way to a hike, but don’t usually have enough time to look around inside. This time we had a guided tour of the temple after a hike around an interesting nearby village. Click through to see photos from the hike and inside the temple.

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Descent down wall

Hiking photos - The High Tower, 2009/11/28

We hiked through quite a lot of snow on this visit to the High Tower in Yanqing District, and it made the hike a lot of fun. The weather was clear, and we got some good photos - click through to read more about the hike, and see the statistics and photos.

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Tower on Great Wall

Hiking photos - Ming Dynasty River City, 2009/11/25

For one of our Wednesday trips we drove out to Mentougou District to visit a Ming Dynasty ‘River City.’ Click through to see photos from the area, including some big Great Wall towers.

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