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Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province, 2017/05

Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery, and the Gangshika Snow Mountain, Qinghai Province, 2017/05

We went out to Qinghai last year for a scouting trip and put together a trip that covers the large variety of sights and places in the area—the sights of nature, like Qinghai Lake and the snow mountains of the Qilian Range; and historically important places like Kumbum Monastery.

Click through to see 65 photos from the trip we did at the end of May.

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Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

During the Dragonboat Festival HolidayWe headed out to the Great Wall Spur for a hot weather camping trip.

Click through to see 15 photos from the trip!

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Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/15

Switchback Great Wall Camping Trip, 2017/05/13

We love hiking on the Great Wall in this area, and we also know a spot for camping that is just perfect. We got lucky with the weather on this visit, too – clear blue skies to go with the amazing views of mountains and Great Wall.

Click through to see photos of the campsite, wild scenery, and rough Great Wall.

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Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Cuandixia is a beautiful and historic village west of Beijing that dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. The main attraction is the village itself, a collection of stone courtyard-style houses built on a hillside in a narrow valley. The village has had the tourism treatment over the last few years, but it’s still a lovely spot to visit, especially if you know the trails in the hills near the village.

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Yajishan Temple Fair, 2017/5/1

Yajishan Temple Fair, 2017/5/1

The hike at Yajishan is fun by itself, with a long stair climb up to the temples followed by a scenic walk through the hills behind the temple.

The annual temple fair makes it even more lively, as people from the surrounding countryside squeeze in to check out the action.

Click through to see photos from the hike and the fair!

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