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Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

In Brief: See 19 photos from our 2016 Christmas hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu.

We met another group of Christmas hikers on the wall - 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.

It was cold but not too chilly, and we soon warmed up on the big climb up to the Great Wall at Jiankou.

See photos from the hike below, including shots of our Christmas dumpling-making competition!

Hiking though the pine trees to begin - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Hiking though the pine trees to begin.

Taking a rest before the last steep climb to reach the Great Wall - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Taking a rest before the last steep climb to reach the Great Wall

Merry Christmas - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Merry Christmas

A special way to celebrate Christmas - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

A special way to celebrate Christmas.

An unrepaired section of the Great Wall - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

An unrepaired section of the Great Wall.

Red ribbons for good luck - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Red ribbons for good luck.

Arriving at the Mutianyu Great Wall - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Arriving at the Mutianyu Great Wall.

This is the peak of the Mutianyu Great Wall. The wall over at Jiankou was higher up, but most Mutianyu visitors don't get that far - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

This is the peak of the Mutianyu Great Wall. The wall over at Jiankou was higher up, but most Mutianyu visitors don't get that far.

A steep descent on the Mutianyu Great Wall - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

A steep descent on the Mutianyu Great Wall.

Looking back to the peak part - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Looking back to the peak part.

Merry Christmas! - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Merry Christmas!

We met another group of Christmas hikers on the wall - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

We met another group of Christmas hikers on the wall.

Before the dumpling-making competition we had to learn how to make dumplings properly. The chef is demonstrating - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Before the dumpling-making competition we had to learn how to make dumplings properly. The chef is demonstrating.

The dumping-making competition has started! - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

The dumping-making competition has started!

Who can make the most dumplings in three minutes? - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Who can make the most dumplings in three minutes?

Still going - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Still going.

The winner of the prize for Most Beautiful Dumpling - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

The winner of the prize for Most Beautiful Dumpling.

Taking photos of their work.
 - Christmas on the Great Wall, 2016/12/25

Taking photos of their work.

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