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Switchback Great Wall, 2016/06/18

Switchback Great Wall, 2016/06/18

Just north of Beijing is the Badaling Great Wall, a very famous and very touristy section that is visited by millions every year. We drive right past Badaling on the way to the Switchback hike, which is just a few mountains further west and typically totally free of people.

So close, yet so different! Click through to see photos from the hike.

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White River hike, 2016/6/11

White River hike, 2016/6/11

One of our favourite trails for summer is the White River hike, a 12km trail that follows the White River downstream. We ford the river as we walk down the canyon – a great way to stay cool in hot weather. Click through to see 20 photos.

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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, June 2016

Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, June 2016

Here’s a report from our June 2016 Silk Road trip, made extra interesting with commentary from hiking guide Abu, who is from Xinjiang.

On the trip we travelled along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, which is Abu’s home town. Along the way we visited 100-year-old mosques in Kuqa and Kashgar, the remains of ancient temples, Great Wall beacon towers, and caves with Buddhist artwork that dates back 1,000 years. As well as these cultural sites, we hiked and camped along the way.

Click through to read Abu’s report and to see all the photos.

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Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/06/11

Sunset over the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/06/11

During the Dragon Boat Festival we headed out to Huanghuacheng for a late afternoon hike that ended up with us watching the sun go down from the Great Wall.

We didn’t get a whole lot of sunset photos ourselves, but if you click through you’ll see a couple of them, plus a lot of photos from the hiking we did earlier in the day.

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Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

Bashang Grasslands trip, August 2014

In Brief: Photos of hills, horses, and hikers taken on our August 2014 trip to the Bashang Grasslands.

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