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CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

In Brief: Photos from a day out with CNCC, including hike photos and shots of the taichi teambuilding.

CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

The CNCC team at the end of the hike.

We’re best known for our small-group hikes, and over the years we’ve built a solid system of organisation. Over the years, we’ve also hiked pretty much everywhere in Beijing!

With all that experience we’re able to put together outdoor activities for larger groups, chosing locations that suit the activity requirements and fitness levels of participants, and making sure everything runs as smoothly as our normal hikes and trips.

China National Convention Center (CNCC) chose us to do their October company teambuilding, and we took them out into the hills for a relaxing day out of the office.

On the morning of the hike we set up at the meeting point in Haidian, and handed out snacks and water to the participants as they arrived.

Once everyone was on board we headed out to the countryside, starting with a stroll down through some villages before following a trail through chestnut orchards and climbing up on to a stretch of Great Wall.

After walking the wall we continued down a valley towards the Little West Lake, a park area beside a reservoir in the hills of Huairou District.

Beside the reservoir we got started with the taichi teambuilding, led by two instructors from the Beijing Sports University. They started off with a cooperative warm up and stretching session, and then started participants out on some basic taichi movements.

We thought this was a great combination for a company outing - getting out into nature for a hike, and learning some stretching techniques to help with the aches and pains of too much office work.

See photos from the event below, and thanks, CNCC – it was a fun day out!

Hiking guides handing out snacks and drinks at the departure point - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Hiking guides handing out snacks and drinks at the departure point.

We supplied bananas, water, and sandwiches - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

We supplied bananas, water, and sandwiches.

Here’s your banana - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Here’s your banana.

Umbrellas out at the beginning of the walk - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Umbrellas out at the beginning of the walk.

Group photo at the starting point - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Group photo at the starting point.

Let‘s get going! - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Let‘s get going!

The road took us through small villages, still surrounded by autumn colours - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

We followed a narrow road down into a valley.

We gave everyone a red ribbon so we could see who was part of our hiking team - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Participants were all given a red ribbon so we could see who was part of our hiking team.

Cabbages in the fields around the villages - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Cabbages in the fields around the villages.

An ornamental gate at Xiangtun Village - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

An ornamental gate at Xiangtun Village.

Here‘s where the hike got a little more difficult – a hill climb to get up to the Great Wall - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Here‘s where the hike got a little more difficult – a hill climb to get up to the Great Wall.

We hiked farm trails through chestnut orchards. A month too late to get chestnuts, though! - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

We hiked farm trails through chestnut orchards. A month too late to get chestnuts, though!

Happy hikers - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Happy hikers.

Happy to be out of the office? We think so! - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Happy to be out of the office? We think so!

The trail continued through the hills - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

The trail continued through the hills.

A line of Great Wall runs up into the misty hills - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

A line of Great Wall runs up into the misty mountains.

A steep section of restored Great Wall - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

A steep section of restored Great Wall.

The Great Wall here dips down into a valley - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

The Great Wall here dips down into a valley.

The hiking team is arriving at the beach beside the big reservoir - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Arriving at the beach beside the big reservoir.

A view of the scenery beside the reservoir - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

A view of the scenery beside the reservoir.

Giant chestnuts! - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Giant chestnuts!

Another shot of the reservoir – and this is mist, not smog! - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Another shot of the reservoir – and this is mist, not smog!

Starting out with the cooperative warm up - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Starting out with the cooperative warm up.

A nice massage for the shoulders - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

A nice massage for the shoulders.

Everyone made a circle around the instructors from the Beijing Sports University as they led a stretching routine - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Everyone made a circle around the instructors from the Beijing Sports University as they led a stretching routine.

Time to try some taichi techniques - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Time to try some taichi techniques.

Yoga poses - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Yoga poses.

The starting pose of a taichi form - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

The starting pose of a taichi form.

Stretches for the back and shoulders - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

Stretches for the back and shoulders.

A taichi stance that looks like drawing a bow - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

A taichi stance that looks like drawing a bow.

One of the taichi instructors demonstrated a taichi routine - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

One of the taichi instructors demonstrated a taichi routine.

The CCNC group, all stretched out and relaxed! - CNCC teambuilding hike at the Little West Lake, 2014/10

The CCNC group, all stretched out and relaxed!

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