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Vulture Rock Ridge and the Old Pilgrim’s Trail, 2017/4/29

On a clear day in Beijing you can see big mountains out to the west of the city. This hike took us up along the top ridge of those hills. It was one of those clear days, and the scenery was excellent. Click through to see 31 photos from the walk.

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Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Hemp Village to Gubeikou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

The trail from Hemp Village to the Gubeikou Great Wall is long but fairly mellow, without a lot of steep climbs. The views are also excellent, particularly so on the clear and beautiful day we visited.

Click through to see seventeen photos from the hike!

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/22

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/22

The weather was just beautiful for this walk on the Great Wall, with clear and blue skies over the Great Wall and green hills. We walked through the farmland around the Walled Village and then up a steep trail to get on top of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

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Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

Earth Day clean up hike at the Jiankou Great Wall, 2017/4/23

We’ve done a clean up hike for Earth Day every year since 2009, heading out to hiking trails that have been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and packing out loads of litter for disposal in a more appropriate location.

This year we teamed up again with Gung Ho! Pizza to make our ninth annual Earth Day clean up hike part of the Beijing Earth Day Festival.

We found less rubbish on the wall compared to last year, and that meant our clean up crew was able to get pretty much 100% of it, leaving the Great Wall clean and green again.

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Camping at the Great Wall Spur, 2017/4/19

Camping at the Great Wall Spur, 2017/4/15

As well as blossoms, flowers, and the gradual re-greening of the mountains, spring brings us the camping season! On this two-day adventure we camped by a tower on the Great Wall Spur, and woke up early to hike over to Jiankou via the Chinese Knot.

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Heituo Mountain, 2017/4/15

Heituo Mountain, 2017/4/15

The Heituo Mountain hike is one of the more recent additions to our repertoire of hikes, and it took us a little while to find all the trails. This time we walked all the trails we planned to instead of making off-track adventures, and can report back that it is a solid Level 5+ hike.

Click through to see the photos from the steep hike up to the top, our high-altitude picnic area, and the long walk through the wild valleys around the back of the mountain.

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Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town, 2017/4/09

Cypress Wells Canyon and Yongning Town, 2017/4/09

The Cypress Wells Canyon hike follows an old track through a canyon and into a broad and flat area in the midst of the hills. There is an old village hidden in there, uninhabited for a few years now.

Click through to see the photos – canyon cliffs and flowers, old houses, mountains, and great scenery.

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Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/02

Walled Village to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, 2017/4/02

The skies were blue and the flowers were blooming at the Huanghuacheng Great Wall – perfect for a hike.

Click through to see seventeen photos of Great Wall, mountains, and the flowery scenery.

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Guizhou trip photos

Guizhou’s mountains and Miao and Dong Culture, April 2017

Thirty-five photos from a trip spent trekking around the mountains of Guizhou Province—hills, mountains, and the folk traditions and customs of the ara.

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