Our Cypress Wells Canyon hike is a nice long north-to-south walk through the hills of Yanqing District that passes through what looks to be an abandoned scenic area as well as an abandoned village deep in the hills.
The scenery is good year round, and on this visit the great autumn colours made it even better than usual.
The first part of the hike took us through the canyon and into a broad depression in the surrounding hills, where we took a short break to explore an abandoned village. Until recently, two brothers had stayed behind in the village and continued to tend their fields. Now, they're gone as well, leaving the whole place empty.
From the village we walked through a pine forest, passing an old stretch of Great Wall before following a steep trail down between rocky crags to finish the hike.
On the way back to the city we stopped for a quick look about Yongning Town, a relatively small settlement with a long history and a big tower in the middle of town.
Photos for this report were supplied by super hiker Judy (thanks!) and Huijie.