It was a great pleasure to organise an afternoon outing for the Danish Embassy.
We met them at their new Yanqi Lake facility and then headed out to Huanghuacheng for a short hike.
The first stop was the ancient fortress at Yaoziyu, built in 1592 and where the Ming Dynasty soldiers used to live.
After a short visit to the fortress our hike leaders took everyone up to the Great Wall, following countryside trails through chestnut orchards.
We arrived just in time to catch the lovely light for a group photo, and after that the hikers spent some time to explore the Great Wall.
The hike finished at Zhuangdaokou, another small village. From there it was a short drive on our buses to arrive at a local restaurant for a post-hike celebration.
The celebration started with champagne, snacks, and toasts on a rooftop with views of the Great Wall, and then moved downstairs for the dumplings and a big dinner – including all those tasty dumplings!
The date of the trip, December 7, was perfect for dumplings—it was Lidong, the Beginning of Winter solar term, one of those days when you’re supposed to eat dumplings!
Hiking up to the wall through the chestnut orchards.
Easy paths through the fields.
It was a nice sunny day.
Here comes the team.
Walking between the pine trees.
Here we’re getting closer to the Great Wall.
The path is getting narrower.
Down the old path to the Great Wall.
Group photo on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.
Taking a break in the sun.
A steep climb get you up to this tower.
Back down from the tower.
An even higher tower.
On the way back down.
More on the way.
Walking out through Zhuangdaokou village.
The last of the light on the hills.
The Ambassador makes a toast.
Time to drink up.
Champagne for everyone.
Cheers for everyone.
Relaxing before dinner.
Snacks and champagne.
Getting ready to head downstairs for the dumplings.
Time for the dumplings.
Everyone is trying it out.
Some people are making dumplings for the first time.