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Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

In Brief: Photos from a hike along the Great Wall from Gubeikou to Jinshanling.

We do Christmas hikes every year, and because Christmas 2014 was on a Thursday (when a lot of people in China have to work) we added another Christmas-time hike on the 27th, for those who couldn't make it on the 25th.

As always, it was great fun! The hike took us along scenic stretches of Great Wall, and the air temperature was unusually mild for a December in Beijing.

After finishing the hike we headed on to a nearby restaurant for a big meal , and a the dumpling-making competition!

This year we had three categories of prizes: Most Traditional Dumpling; Most Artistic Dumpling; and Most Dumplings in total

After a dumpling-making demonstration, we start the stopwatch and the competition is on!

We hiked up a trail to the Great Wall at Gubeikou - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

We hiked up a trail to the Great Wall at Gubeikou.

We followed the 'wild' Great Wall through the hills - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

We followed the 'wild' Great Wall through the hills.

The tower just below is where we got on to the wall; sometimes we hike from further along - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

The tower just below is where we got on to the wall; sometimes we hike from further along.

We hiked up to the high tower on the hill in the background - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

We hiked up to the high tower on the hill in the background.

Looking back along the trail - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Looking back along the trail.

Midway, we made a detour through farmland, and passed some handsome goats - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Midway, we made a detour through farmland, and passed some handsome goats.

We passed this flat point on the way back to the Great Wall. Not shown: the super view of Great Wall just over the hill! - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

We passed this flat point on the way back to the Great Wall. Not shown: the super view of Great Wall just over the hill!

The trail took us further along the Great Wall to finish at Jinshanling - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

The trail took us further along the Great Wall to finish at Jinshanling.

We hiked down from this tower - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

We hiked down from this tower.

The dumpling-making competition has begun! - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

The dumpling-making competition has begun!

Put the filling in the middle and squeeze it just right - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Put the filling in the middle and squeeze it just right.

Just like that! - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Just like that!

The winner in the 'Most Traditional Dumpling' category - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

The winner in the 'Most Traditional Dumpling' category.

Joined by the winner for 'Most Dumplings'! - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Joined by the winner for 'Most Dumplings'!

Merry Christmas! - Great Wall Christmas 2014 - Gubeikou Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall

Merry Christmas!

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