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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/4/17

We like the Hemp Village to Gubeikou hike because – as well as great views of the Great Wall – we also get a look at rural life in the countryside as we walk through Hemp Village and the surrounding farmland.

You can get a look, too – click through to see the photos!

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Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

We headed out to Huairou District to go camping on the Great Wall, and this time we made it one of the type of trips where you need to carry all the gear yourself.

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall and our camping team.

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Stone Valley Great Wall Loop, 2016/4/16

Stone Valley Great Wall Loop, 2016/4/16

The Stone Valley Loop follows the same section of wall as our Middle Switchback hike, but we start and finish on the other side of the hill – it’s a longer walk and more scenic, as the trail takes us through forest and further into the hills.

Click through to see shots from our April 16 visit, with photos of the spring blossoms as well as Great Wall and hikers.

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A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2016/4/10

A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2016/4/10

The Long Way to Catch the Train hike is one of our older trails, and the area has seen a lot of change over the years—not least being that there are now easier ways to get to the train station than walking over a big hill!

On this visit the flowers were out, and we had a lovely clear day. Click through to see photos.

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Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

Longquanyu Great Wall, 2016/04/09

With recent repairs and renovations made to a previously ruined line of wall that was covered in trees, we were able to extend our Longquanyu Great Wall hike, and it turned out a little bit tougher than expected!

We had super views of Great Wall, mountains, hills, valleys, and flowers – click through to see eleven photos.

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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

With the temperatures warming up a little earlier this year we thought it was time to start our camping trips again.

The temperatures dipped in the week before the trip, and we were a little concerned it was going to be freezing up on the wall.

Click through to see photos from the camping trip – Great Wall, the sunset, sunrise, and more!

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Shuitou Village Loop hike, 2016/03/26

Shuitou Village Loop hike, 2016/03/26

Our Shuitou Village loop hike is a long walk through the hills of Hebei’s Huailai County, just over the border from Beijing.

The hike crosses through farmland and rugged hilly terrain on the way to Shuitou, a tiny farming village at the end of a long valley.

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Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2016/3/13

Big Black Mountain to the Walled Village, 2016/3/13

This hike was one of our old favourites, but we stopped doing it because the starting point got all concreted over.

We went out to do some scouting for a new starting point, and found a good trail that avoided most of the concrete – good enough for us to start doing this hike again.

How was it? Click through to see all the photos!

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Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Trail, 2016/3/06

This was a hike of two halves: the first half cold and chilly, and all uphill to get over to the Beijing side of the mountains; the second half with the sun out as we walked all the way down to the end.

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Labrang Monastery and Tibetan New Year, 2016/02

Labrang Monastery and Tibetan New Year, 2016/02

We timed our scouting trip to Xiahe for the Tibetan New Year celebrations at Labrang Monastery. The celebrations are a major event, with performances and rituals that are seldom seen elsewhere. Click through to see the shots.

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2016/02/24

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, 2016/02/24

See 20 shots of the unrestored Jiankou Great Wall and the restored Mutianyu Great Wall, taken on a cold and crisp day in February.

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Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/02/17

Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/02/17

We headed out to the Jinshanling Great Wall on a cool and clear day, and had the place all to ourselves. Nice! The Jinshanling Great Wall is a repaired section that dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and offers some of the best views of the wall in Beijing. Click through to see photos.

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall Hike, 2016/01/17

We were out for a hike just after the first snow of the new year, and to see the Great Wall covered in snow is always a fine sight.

You missed it? Have a look at the photos instead!

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/01/13

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/01/13

With clear blue skies we had super views of a great variety of scenery on this trail: small country villages, farmland and fields and forests, and a lovely line of Ming Dynasty Great Wall. Click through to see the photos.

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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/01/10

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/01/09

See eleven photos from a cold-weather hike on the Great Wall, starting from tiny Hemp Village and finishing on the impressive Jinshanling Great Wall.

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Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

Dahaituo Mountain hike, 2015/04/25

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