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Gubeikou West Circuit, 2017/1/14

Gubeikou West Circuit, 2017/1/14

For various reasons we hadn’t hiked on the west side of Gubeikou for quite a while. One of those reasons was that the hike was too short! Over winter we went out a few times to scout out new trails, and the result of the scouting was the Gubeikou West Circuit trail, a new version of our hikes in the area that gives a good 14km hike with a lot of great views.

Click through to see 17 photos from a winter walk in the area.

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Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

Walled Village to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/1/14

The weather was perfect for this walk on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – cold but not too cold, and lovely and clear.

Click through to see sixteen photos from our hike up to the wall via the Walled Village, and more from atop the wall itself.

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Stone Valley Great Wall snow hike, 2017/01/07

Stone Valley Great Wall snow hike, 2017/01/07

Snow was falling as we hiked the Stone Valley Great Wall in early January, and we got some great photos – click through to take a look!

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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/12/28

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/12/28

Our Hemp Village to Jinshanling hike starts off with a walk into a remote farming village. We then hike up into the hills behind the village to reach the unrepaired western end of the Jinshanling Great Wall. With a bit of snow still in the hills this hike was very picturesque – click through to have a look at the photos.

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Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

On Christmas Day we hiked the Great Wall from Jiankou to Mutianyu, finishing up with a big meal followed by our dumpling-making contest – click through to see 19 photos from the hike.

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Hemp Village Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/12/24

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/12/24

On Christmas Eve we hiked over to the Gubeikou Great Wall, starting off at Hemp Village, a small settlement in a long valley below the Great Wall. As per our Christmas tradition, we finished the day with a big meal and a dumpling-making competition – click through to see fifteen photos from the hike.

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Nine Eyes Tower Great Wall, 2016/12/18

Nine Eyes Tower Great Wall, 2016/12/18

It was all blue sky in the mountains on this hike – a lovely change from the smog in the city.

We hiked up to Nine-Eyes Tower, one of the largest towers in the area and also one of the tallest – almost 1,200m above sea level.

Click through to see photos of the hike, through forest up to the tower and then back down via Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’.

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Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall, 2016/12/19

Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall, 2016/12/17

We went out to Longquanyu on a smoggy city day and were pleased to find much clearer air in the mountains by the Great Wall.

Because of recent sunny weather the wall was free of ice, but the last part of the walk took us along a narrow stream which was already mostly frozen over.

Click through to see eleven photos from the hike.

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Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain, 2016/12/10

Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain, 2016/12/10

Like the name of the hike says, on this trail we walk over the hills to reach Yaji Mountain. There are temples atop Yaji Mountain, and we climbed the steep stairs all the way to the top.

Bonus – it was a beautiful blue sky day, and we got some great photos. Click through to take a look.

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Silver Pagoda Loop hike, 2016/12/04

Silver Pagoda Loop hike, 2016/12/04

The Silver Pagoda Loop hike is a countryside walk that is reasonably easy, except for the big climb up to the peak of Silver Mountain.

As well as getting a look at the pagodas, we had a glimpse of the lifestyle of Beijing’s rural residents as we walked through small villages.

Click through to see fourteen photos from the hike.

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Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016 (Part One)

Our five-day trip to Lijiang and Shangri-La hits the key sights of the two towns, and includes walks and side trips that explore more of what is often overlooked on visits to the area.

Click through to see 40-plus photos of Lijiang’s old town and surrounds; Shangri-La and the Songzanlin Monastery; and Yunnan’s local people and culture.

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Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016

Lijiang and Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, November 2016 (Part Two)

Our five-day trip to Lijiang and Shangri-La hits the key sights of the two towns, and includes walks and side trips that explore more of what is often overlooked on visits to the area. As well as photos from the big camera, we snapped a whole lot of up-close photos with our phones. Click through to see the shots!

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Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks, Sichuan, 2016/11

The scenery of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong is amazing, and by visiting in early November we avoided the huge holiday crowds and got a look at the beginning of the autumn colours in the leaves up in the mountains.

Click through to see photos from Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, plus some extra shots from Songpan and Chengdu.

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Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

Tomb Raiders Hike, 2016/10/23

We call this hike ‘Tomb Raiders’ because we hike over the mountains behind the Ming Tombs area to approach two of the closed tombs from the rear. Click through to see photos of the hill trails and views from the peak.

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Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

Miaofengshan Super Loop, 2016/10/22

See 16 photos from a hike in the mountains around Miaofengshan Temple: misty and foggy scenery, with hills full of colourful leaves.

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