The Flower Wood to the Ming Tombs hillwalking challenge was a 26km hike through the hills of Huairou and Changping, starting in the north of Beijing and finishing back on the city side of the mountains.
We know a lot of trails in this area of Beijing, and there are options for hikes of 10km, 15km, and 20km. This time we decided to join the whole lot up for a good long 26km walk. Maybe next time we’ll add the last section and make it 30km!
The day before the hike we had a big rainstorm come through Beijing, and there was the threat of more rain throughout the day. In the end we got a big wind instead, which resulted in clear skies and long views.
Starting off near Flower Wood village.
A quick rest before taking on the first hill.
At the top of the first hill, beside a shrine and an old pine tree.
Another clearer view of the shrine.
Trail markers on a turn down a valley.
Nice dirt trails to hike along.
We stopped for lunch in a hollow.
Nearby was a small reservoir.
We hiked on after lunch, following a trail around the back of the mountains in the background of the photo.
Crossing over another hill, passing another shrine and pine tree.
Down into a valley, passing pear trees in bloom.
The top of the third hill—one more to go after this!
Down into a wild valley.
At the top of the last hill, with great views of the Ming Tombs area.
The view from the top.
We finished with snacks and drinks.