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Big Camp Plate to Hengling Valley, 2016/08/27

Big Camp Plate to Hengling Valley, 2016/08/27

Forty-seven photos of a late-summer hike through Big Camp Plate Village and up a short stretch of Great Wall, and then down to Hengling Valley to finish. Clear blue skies, great visibility, green hills, and cool temperatures - perfect for a day of hiking.

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/08/24

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2016/08/24

The Walled Village to Huanghuacheng hike is one of our popular Huairou area hikes, offering views of village life and farmland as well as the Great Wall in repaired and unrepaired condition.

In August the ‘wild’ section of the wall here is almost hidden by all the leaves of the trees that cover it – click through to see all the photos.

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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

After a month of near constant on-off rain we were happy to see clear skies forecast for the weekend of our camping trip, and, happily, the forecast were accurate.

Click through to take a look at 20+ photos from a camping trip on the Great Wall in Yanqing County, Beijing.

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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2016/08/14

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall East, 2016/08/14

Jinshanling is one of our favorite restored sections of Great Wall. The views are fantastic and it usually isn’t crowded. We had hot weather on this hike, but the bright blue skies made up for it. Click through for 22 photos from a hike on of the clearest days this year.

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Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

Yoga and Meditation at the Bashang Grasslands, August 2016

YogaDigest magazine came to us with an idea for a trip that would include meditation and yoga in an outdoor setting, and asked if we’d be interested in helping them put something together.

We thought it was a great idea, and helped them organise all the logistics—transport, guides, accommodation and food, plus we picked out quiet spots atop hills for meditation and relaxation.

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Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2016/08/10

Longquanyu Great Wall to the Little West Lake, 2016/08/10

On some of our Great Wall walks it’s a 40-minute hike before you set foot on top of it, but at Longquanyu it’s just two minutes before you’re up on top.

The hike follows both repaired and unrestored stretches of Great Wall, and finishes with a stroll out past the Little West Lake, a park area where you can see the wall dipping down into the water.

Click through to see 15 photos from our hike along the Great Wall.

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Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

In the midst of that run of rainy weather in late July this year we found a few clear days to take the STOMP crew out for a camping trip on the Great Wall.

As a privately-arranged trip it was a bit more flexible—we were able to wait for good weather, and on the second day we were able to get the team back to the city early enough for a rest before their evening performance!

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall, the campsite, and some other action from the trip.

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