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Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

In late April we did a two-day trip on which we set up camp on an unrestored section of the Great Wall that we call the Switchback. Click through to see nine photos of the Great Wall, our campsite, and happy hikers.

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Miyun Birdwatching overnighter, 2014/03/29-30

Miyun Birdwatching overnighter, 2014/03/29-30

On this weekend trip, we visited the biggest reservoir in Beijing in search of many species of birds that winter over in this area, as well as some of those that live there year round. We enjoyed the beautiful countryside and stayed in a local fisherman’s guest house.

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Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

Switchback Great Wall, 2014/4/12

We headed out to Yanqing District to hike a wild stretch of unrestored Great Wall that we call the Switchback Great Wall. With blue skies and the flowers blooming it was beautiful out there, and we got some good photos – click through to take a look!

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Earth Day clean up hike photos, 2014/04/20

Earth Day clean up hike photos, 2014/04/20

April 22 is Earth Day, and around that time every year we organise a clean up hike.

This year, we chose to go picking up trash at the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng after seeing way too much litter there as we passed by on a hike in March. Click through to see photos!

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Mines and pines,2014/04/20

Mines and Pines hike, 2014/04/20

Photos from the Mines and Pines hike, an old favourite that shows a lot of the Huairou countryside—capped mines, a quarry, and scenic hillside trails.

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Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province, 2014/04

Hakka Tulou Clusters and Xiamen, Fujian Province, 2014/04

On this trip we travelled down to Fujian Province, with the main attraction being the tulou buildings of the Hakka people, deep in the mountains.

As well as spending two days looking around the villages, valleys, and rice terraces where the tulou buildings are sited, we visited various sights in Xiamen - the Huli Mountain Cannon Fort, the seafood market, and the island of Gulangyu.

Click through to see photos of all that, and more!

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Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Photos from a visit to Coffin Village, a small village with a long history - click through to see some shots of the old courtyards and village life.

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