Hiking at night is something you don’t get to do every … day? We keep an eye on the moon phases, and always try get out for a night hike when the full moon falls on a Friday or Saturday. It’s always a great feeling to walk by the light of the moon, and strolling around at night you get to see yet another side of Beijing’s countryside.
This time we thought we’d see what the views were like at night from the viewing platform atop the mountain behind the Silver Pagodas. To begin with, the views were not so good!
We started off walking through Longevity Village just around the time the villagers were cooking dinner.
Out the back of the village is the trail that leads up the back of the Silver Mountain, first passing through fields and orchards before getting really steep on the way up to the top.
We don’t always have great luck with the weather on our night hikes, and as we approached the peak the moon was still hidden behind the clouds. But just as we were starting to give up hope, the clouds parted and the moon came out. Phew! What kind of full moon hike would it be if we didn’t see the moon?
Our next stop was the Silver Pagodas, a quiet site that’s even quieter at full dark. After a quick look about, we walked on through the hills to finish with a stroll out the main street of another little village, finishing the evening with some snacks and drinks before heading back to Beijing.