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Further up the river

Dragon Cloud Mountain, 2013/05/12

We hiked Dragon Cloud Mountain on a really clear day in early May, and got a few photos of the hills, cliffs, canyon, and Ghost House.

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the second ridge

Quarrymen’s Trail to the Heavenly Lake, 2013/05/11

We joined a Level 2+ hike with a Level 3+ hike to make it a Level 5 – that doesn’t quite add up, and by the end it felt like a Level 6 for sure. The weather was hot, but there was a nice breeze, and quite a lot of the trail took us through shaded forested areas. Click through to see the photos!

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group photo

Tengger Desert Lakes trip, 2013/05

For the May Day holiday we made a special trip to the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia, the fourth largest in China. We spent two days in the desert – hiking, driving in jeeps, and riding camels, with an overnight stay in tents by one of the desert lakes. Outside of the desert, we made time to visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs, local museums and markets, and a stretch of old Ming Dynasty Great Wall.

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The lions

Pingyao Walled City trip, 2013/04

We went down to the ancient city of Pingyao in early April, leaving on Friday morning for a long weekend. While there, we explored the walls, streets, lanes and got a good look at the well-preserved architecture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

As well as walking within the walls of the city, we headed out into the nearby hills for a hike to the White Cloud Temple.

Click through to see photos from the trip, and Kay’s write up.

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