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At the hot springs hotsl

Hike photos – Boxing Day Great Wall and Hot Springs, 2012/12/26

On Boxing Day we did a special hike: a climb on the snowy Great Wall, followed by a soak in the pool at a secluded hot springs hotel. Great hike, great meal, great soak, great photos – click through to see photos and a writeup!

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Sheep

Hiking photos – Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, 2012/12/23

This hike starts at a place called ‘Auspicious Village’, and finishes at another village named ‘Eastern Palace.’ It sounds like an interesting hike, and it is, even though there isn’t actually an palace at the end. What makes the hike interesting is all the sights of the countryside we see along the way: small villages, farmers and fields, terraces and trees, donkeys and dogs. Click through to see photos!

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Peppers

Hiking photos – Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, 2012/12/22

We took a roundabout way from Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas, walking through two small villages and chestnut orchards with nice views of the surrounding countryside. Click through to see photos from the nice day we had!

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Towers

Hiking photos – Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, 2012/12/22

Every year we do a Great Wall Christmas hike, and follow it up with a dumpling-making competition – click through to see photos from Christmas 2012!

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heading for a high point

Hike photos – Rolling Hills, 2012/12/16

We did our Rolling Hills hike the weekend after a snowfall, and had a nice walk through snowy scenery – click through to see photos of snow, hills, donkeys, and hikers!

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a small town

Hiking photos – Big Black Mountain, 2012/12/15

We were happy to see the Big Black Mountain hike scheduled for the same week that Beijing had some snow fall – it’s a really good hike to do with snow on the ground. Click through to see the photos.

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