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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2016/08/10

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2016/08/10

On some of our Great Wall walks it’s a 40-minute hike before you set foot on top of it, but at Longquanyu it’s just two minutes before you’re up on top.

The hike follows both repaired and unrestored stretches of Great Wall, and finishes with a stroll out past the Little West Lake, a park area where you can see the wall dipping down into the water.

Click through to see 15 photos from our hike along the Great Wall.

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Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

In the midst of that run of rainy weather in late July this year we found a few clear days to take the STOMP crew out for a camping trip on the Great Wall.

As a privately-arranged trip it was a bit more flexible—we were able to wait for good weather, and on the second day we were able to get the team back to the city early enough for a rest before their evening performance!

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall, the campsite, and some other action from the trip.

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/23

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/23

A few mountains over from the super-touristy Badaling section of Great Wall is our ‘Switchback’ Great Wall hike, a short and sweet – and steep! – walk along an unrestored line of wall high up in the hills.

Click through to see photos from a hot day in July!

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Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

Bashang Grasslands trip, July 2016

We had a nice, big group of 18 people on our Bashang Grasslands trip in July. The weather was a mixed bag – a bit of sun, a bit of clouds, a bit of rain. Fun trip, though! Click through to see the photos from the trip.

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Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

We had a fun hike on the Great Wall Spur—tough because it was a hot day, but worthwhile because the views were awesome.

Click through to see 19 photos of hikers, blue skies, green hills, and the ‘wild’ Great Wall Spur.

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Down The White River, 2016/07/10

Down The White River, 2016/07/10

We tried out a new trail down the White River, hiking a section closer to the Miyun Reservoir and close to some of the cliffs that are popular with climbers. We didn’t see any climbers, but we did see some lovely scenery.

Click through to see fifteen photos of the river, scenery, sheep, and hikers!

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Grasslands teambuilding trip for Juzi Entertainment, 2016/07

Grasslands teambuilding trip for Juzi Entertainment, 2016/07

We helped Juzi Entertainment put together a teambuilding trip at the Bashang Grasslands, complete with camping and their own mini music festival.

Click through for photos from the grasslands: hiking, teambuilding, camping, and more.

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Little West Lake

Walled Village to the Little West Lake Great Wall, 2016/07/07

On this walk we saw the Great Wall and other sights of the Beijing countryside, including Yaoziyu Village, chestnut orchards, and the reservoir at the Little West Lake.

We got some excellent photos from high up on the wall - click through to take a look.

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Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/07/02

The Gubeikou to Jinshanling hike is a nice long walk that covers the more mellow line of Great Wall at Gubeikou and ends up at Jinshanling, where the wall runs up and down steep ridgelines.

Click through to see fourteen photos of the Great Wall, hikers, blue skies, and green hills.

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Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

Middle Route of Switchback Great Wall, 2016/07/02

We started July’s hikes with a very pleasant walk up and down a line of Great Wall out in Yanqing District – green hills, blue sky, and great views.

Click through to see ten photos from the trail.

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Switchback Great Wall, 2016/06/18

Switchback Great Wall, 2016/06/18

Just north of Beijing is the Badaling Great Wall, a very famous and very touristy section that is visited by millions every year. We drive right past Badaling on the way to the Switchback hike, which is just a few mountains further west and typically totally free of people.

So close, yet so different! Click through to see photos from the hike.

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White River hike, 2016/6/11

White River hike, 2016/6/11

One of our favourite trails for summer is the White River hike, a 12km trail that follows the White River downstream. We ford the river as we walk down the canyon – a great way to stay cool in hot weather. Click through to see 20 photos.

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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, June 2016

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, June 2016

Here’s a report from our June 2016 Silk Road trip, made extra interesting with commentary from hiking guide Abu, who is from Xinjiang.

On the trip we travelled along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, which is Abu’s home town. Along the way we visited 100-year-old mosques in Kuqa and Kashgar, the remains of ancient temples, Great Wall beacon towers, and caves with Buddhist artwork that dates back 1,000 years. As well as these cultural sites, we hiked and camped along the way.

Click through to read Abu’s report and to see all the photos.

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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/06/11

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/06/11

During the Dragon Boat Festival we headed out to Huanghuacheng for a late afternoon hike that ended up with us watching the sun go down from the Great Wall.

We didn’t get a whole lot of sunset photos ourselves, but if you click through you’ll see a couple of them, plus a lot of photos from the hiking we did earlier in the day.

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Immortal Valley Loop, 2016/5/29

Immortal Valley Loop, 2016/5/29

The Immortal Valley Loop is a nice long hike that takes us up on to the ridgeline of the mountains west of the Miyun Reservoir. We start in a park area, and hike out the back to get up to one of the peaks in the mountains.

On this visit the skies were blue and the hills were green – click through to see all the photos.

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