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Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/12/28

Hemp Village to Jinshanling Great Wall, 2016/12/28

Our Hemp Village to Jinshanling hike starts off with a walk into a remote farming village. We then hike up into the hills behind the village to reach the unrepaired western end of the Jinshanling Great Wall. With a bit of snow still in the hills this hike was very picturesque – click through to have a look at the photos.

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Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

On Christmas Day we hiked the Great Wall from Jiankou to Mutianyu, finishing up with a big meal followed by our dumpling-making contest – click through to see 19 photos from the hike.

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Hemp Village Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/12/24

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2016/12/24

On Christmas Eve we hiked over to the Gubeikou Great Wall, starting off at Hemp Village, a small settlement in a long valley below the Great Wall. As per our Christmas tradition, we finished the day with a big meal and a dumpling-making competition – click through to see fifteen photos from the hike.

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Nine Eyes Tower Great Wall, 2016/12/18

Nine Eyes Tower Great Wall, 2016/12/18

It was all blue sky in the mountains on this hike – a lovely change from the smog in the city.

We hiked up to Nine-Eyes Tower, one of the largest towers in the area and also one of the tallest – almost 1,200m above sea level.

Click through to see photos of the hike, through forest up to the tower and then back down via Jiankou’s ‘Big West Wall’.

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Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall, 2016/12/19

Longquanyu Loop and Great Wall, 2016/12/17

We went out to Longquanyu on a smoggy city day and were pleased to find much clearer air in the mountains by the Great Wall.

Because of recent sunny weather the wall was free of ice, but the last part of the walk took us along a narrow stream which was already mostly frozen over.

Click through to see eleven photos from the hike.

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Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain, 2016/12/10

Over the Hills to Yaji Mountain, 2016/12/10

Like the name of the hike says, on this trail we walk over the hills to reach Yaji Mountain. There are temples atop Yaji Mountain, and we climbed the steep stairs all the way to the top.

Bonus – it was a beautiful blue sky day, and we got some great photos. Click through to take a look.

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Silver Pagoda Loop hike, 2016/12/04

Silver Pagoda Loop hike, 2016/12/04

The Silver Pagoda Loop hike is a countryside walk that is reasonably easy, except for the big climb up to the peak of Silver Mountain.

As well as getting a look at the pagodas, we had a glimpse of the lifestyle of Beijing’s rural residents as we walked through small villages.

Click through to see fourteen photos from the hike.

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