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Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

Hulunbuir Grasslands, Inner Mongolia, 2014/07

In the heat of summer the cool and calm grasslands of Inner Mongolia are a great escape from Beijing. We took a whole lot of photos on this trip, click through to see the story in pictures!

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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The Great Wall camping trips we’ve been doing this summer have been popular and superb fun, and our Great Wall Spur camping trip was no exception – very fun, but very hot!

We camped on a lovely section of wall between a tower and a rising ridge, and enjoyed a big BBQ while we waited for sunset.

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White River Hike, 2014/7/13

White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Beijing gets hot in summer … very hot! What better way to cool down than with a stroll down a river? Click through to see the photos of blue skies, big canyon cliffs, lots of greenery, and hikers splashing their way downstream.

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Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

Zhuangdaokou Great Wall to the Walled Village, 2014/07/12

We headed out to Huairou for a moderately difficult Great Wall hike, following a valley trail up to the Great Wall at Zhuangdaokou, and then walking the wall on the way to the Walled Village.

A lovely day for hiking: blue skies, green leaves, persimmons, and a rather steep piece of Great Wall – click through to see our photos!

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Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

Zhangye Danxia Landform and Jiayuguan, Gansu Province, May 2014

On our Zhangye Danxia Landform long trip we did two days of hiking in and around the Zhangye Danxia Landform, and made visits to Silk Road sights in Zhangye and Jiayuguan, including the Jiayuguan Fortress and Horsehoof Temple.

On the trip we got a lot of good photos; click through for a look!

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Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

Flower Wood to the Silver Pagodas, 2014/6/28

For this hike we joined two of our Level 3 hikes together to make one of our “Hillwalking Challenge” type trails. We walked through several small villages on the way to the Silver Pagodas, saving the toughest part – the big climb up the mountain behind the pagodas – for last. This hike was a hot one!

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 Bashang Grasslands trip, 2014/7

Bashang Grasslands trip, 2014/06

On June 27, 2014, we headed out to the Bashang Grasslands, a cool and breezy spot in Hebei Province, 280km north of Beijing. On the trip we hiked through the hills and meadows, and enjoyed a bonfire and BBQ – just the way to escape from the summer heat in Beijing.

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