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Trip reports archive: December, 2009

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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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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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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