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Jiankou Big West Great Wall, 2016/9/28

Jiankou’s ‘Big West’ Great Wall, 2016/9/28

The Jiankou section of the Great wall is one of our favourite places to hike for two reasons: the views are impressive and the area is seldom visited. On this hike we had clear skies and a nice breeze to make for a fantastic day of hiking. Click through to see the photos!

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Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2016/09/24

Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower Challenge, 2016/09/24

The Yanqing Great Wall and High Tower trail is one of our favourite long walks in Beijing—about 17km long, with a lot of climbing up and down, and great views the whole way.

We lucked out with the weather on this visit as well, coming through a big fog on the drive there and then out into clear skies just in time to start the hike.

Click through to see 27 photos from our trek up to the High Tower.

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Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and the Zhagana area in southern Gansu, September 2016

Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, and the Zhagana area in southern Gansu, September 2016

We made a 5-day trip to check out monasteries, temples, and small villages in the Tibetan area of Gannan, driving more than 900km through the mountains and getting a great look at local Tibetan and Muslim culture.

The scenery was varied: monasteries and mosques, grasslands and mountains, and 4,000m-plus mountains. Click through to see Katie’s photos from the trip!

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