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Hiking photos - Huangyaguan Great Wall, 2009/11/18

On a cold but clear Wednesday we took a long drive out to the Huangyaguan Great Wall, a section of the wall not often visited by Beijingers - click through to see some photos from the trip.

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Tower on Great Wall

Hiking photos - Great Wall Spur, 2009/11/15

On November 15th we headed up to the Great Wall Spur for what worked out as a very nice hike - clear skies, a little bit of snow on the ground, some good climbing exercise, and a very tasty meal afterwards. Click through to see photos from the trip.

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Brushes and trees on riverside

Hiking photos - Longyunshan ‘Heavenly Lake,’ 2009/11/14

It was a cold but clear day when we walked up to the ‘Heavenly Lake’ at Longyunshan - perfect weather for this nice, easy hike far out in Miyun District. Click through for photos from the trip.

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Entrance to old temple in Ingot Village

Hiking photos - Ten-Thousand Buddhas, Ancient Horse Hoofprints

During the weekend of November 7-8 we went hiking twice - on the first day of the weekend we walked through the Village of Two-Thousand Chickens on our Ancient Horse Hoofprints hike, and on the 8th we visited the ruins of the Hall of Ten-Thousand Buddhas - click through to see a few photos from both of those hikes.

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Aershan Tianchi, Inner Mongolia

Hiking photos - A’ershan Forest National Park, October 2009

In October we visited A’ershan Forest National Park, a 100,000+ hectare nature reserve in Inner Mongolia famous for its volcanic landscapes, mountaintop lakes, deep forests, grasslands, rivers, and mineral-rich springs. Huijie made good use of her camera on the trip - click through to see shots of lakes, forests, grassland, and amazing autumn colours.

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Tower on Great Wall

Hiking photos - Ming Village overnight, Oct. 17-18, 2009

We had an excellent two days of hiking in and around out of Cuandixia, a Ming Dynasty-era village in the hills of Mentougou - click through to see photos from the hikes and other activities.

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Sketchpad

Photos from the Countryside Painting and Sketching Trip, 2009/10/11

Huilin and Huijie both went to art school, and Huilin now studies and teaches at the University of Western Australia. While Huilin was in town we organised a trip to the countryside to learn about and try out sketching and Chinese watercolour painting. We’ve put some photos from the trip online, click through to have a look!

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River crossing

White River to Sihetang hike photos, 2009/10/10

Photos from our trip to the White River and water canyon in Miyun’s Yunmengshan area, one of our new hikes.

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Top of Dahaituo

Dahaituo Mountain hiking photos, 2009/10/03

Coincidentally (or not!), the weather during the weekend after the 60th Anniversary Celebrations was amazing; we hiked Dahaituo Mountain, where the scenery and autumn colours were a perfect match for the weather - click through to see some photos from the Challenge Dahaituo Mountain hike on October 3rd, 2009.

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Tower on Great Wall

Jinshanling Study Trip photos, 2009/09/23

We had great weather and a friendly group of people for this trip to the Great Wall, and were accompanied for some of the way by an expert from China’s Great Wall Conservation Association. The weather was perfect for photography - click through to see some photos from the trip.

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Coffin Village performance

Hiking photos - Walk Like a Pilgrim and Coffin Village

Click through for photos from two recent hikes: the misty and cloudy Walk Like a Pilgrim, and the sunny and easygoing Coffin Village visit.

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Highest Tower thumbnail picture

Hiking photos - The Highest Tower, Sept. 12 2009

On the 12th of September we took a walk up to what might not actually be the highest Great Wall tower in Beijing, a discovery which may lead to a revision of title and difficulty rating. Nonetheless, it was a lovely hike on a lovely day - click through to see photos and check the statistics.

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Brushrest Mountain peaks

Hiking photos - Brush-rest Mountain, Sept. 5 2009

Brush-rest Mountain is named for its jagged peaks that take the shape of the brush rest that is used in traditional Chinese painting. On September 5th we took a walk up and down valleys in the area, getting a view of the peaks from different angles and crossing sections of Great Wall - click through for some photos from the hike.

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Campers around fire

Chestnut Orchard Camping photos, Aug. 29-30

We spent the weekend of the 29th and 30th of August camping in a chestnut orchard, hiking on both days, and spending a night outside in tents. Click through for some excellent photos from the trip, contributed by campers Han Ye and Chuck.

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Wading through the pool

Two Valley Walk hiking photos, August 24

On the 24th of August we took a walk through the Two Valleys, this time doing the loop walk in the opposite direction to our normal route. The valleys were green and leafy after all the recent rain in Beijing, and the streams were running a little higher than usual.

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