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.
Taking a rest before the last steep climb to reach the Great Wall
A special way to celebrate Christmas.
An unrepaired section of the Great Wall.
Red ribbons for good luck.
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.
A steep descent on the Mutianyu Great Wall.
Looking back to the peak part.
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.
The dumping-making competition has started!
Who can make the most dumplings in three minutes?
The winner of the prize for Most Beautiful Dumpling.
Taking photos of their work.