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High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

In Brief: Photos from our High Rise trail, a good long walk that crosses from Changping District over into Huairou District.

We joined two of our trails together to make a good long hike, aiming to make the most of the very pleasant September weather.

Aside for a run-in with some rather unpleasant hornets, we succeeded in our aim – a most pleasant day was had!

Getting ready to do the big hill climb at the start of the hike - the reason this one is called the High Rise - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Getting ready to do the big hill climb at the start of the hike - the reason this one is called the High Rise.

Lunch break on the other side of the hill, after a close encounter with a swarm of hornets - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Lunch break on the other side of the hill, after a close encounter with a swarm of hornets.

Relaxing in terraces below hawthorn trees - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Relaxing in terraces below hawthorn trees.

Hawthorns, just in season! - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Hawthorns, just in season!

Time to start hiking again after lunch - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Time to start hiking again after lunch.

Down through the trees - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Down through the trees.

We took a detour to investigate a tunnel. No blasting today, unlike on a previous visit! - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

We took a detour to investigate a tunnel. No blasting today, unlike on a previous visit!

Photo! - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Photo time!

Flowers in bloom - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Flowers in bloom.

What’s going on here? - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

What’s going on here?

A praying mantis on the road - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

A praying mantis on the road.

A not-so-private moment on the side of the trail - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Sometimes you need to step off the trail for a 'private moment'.

Burpees competition on the Great Wall - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

Burpees competition on the Great Wall.

We hiked by the water in the Little West Lake park - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

We hiked by the water in the Little West Lake park.

On the other side of the park, we climbed up to another stretch of Great Wall - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

On the other side of the park, we climbed up to another stretch of Great Wall.

After the hike, a picnic as the sun went down - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

After the hike, a picnic as the sun went down.

The hiking team - High Rise hike to the Walled Village, 2015/09/26

The hiking team.

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