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Hiking photos – A Long Way to Catch the Train, 2012/05/01

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The Long Way to Catch the Train hike is one of our old favourites. It had been a while since we'd last walked the trail, so we were interested to see what had changed since the last visit.

It turned out that not much had changed, apart from the villages developing and being a bit busier in general.

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the farmers, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

When we arrived, the farmers were preparing their fields for spring planting.

farmland and fields, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

The hike took us past farmland and fields.

Kindling and firewood, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

Kindling and firewood are stacked up along the roads in the village.

A donkey, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

A donkey relaxes in its stable. They are still widely used for farm work, such as plowing fields.

new leaves, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

Some of the trees were just starting to get leaf buds, whereas others already had quite a few new leaves.

rolling hills, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

This part of the hike took us on an easy path among gently rolling hills.

blocks of tofu, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

The travelling tofu saleswoman had come around, and was weighing out a few blocks to sell.

Local aqueducts, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

An old aqueduct.

Verdant hills, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

Verdant hills provide the backdrop for fruit and nut tree terraces.

Fruit tree flowers, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

Fruit tree flowers were already in bloom.

pink flowers, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

Pink peach blossoms.

lavender flowers, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

These beautiful lavender flowers also lined the path in places.

puppy, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

A cute puppy from one of the villages.

mushrooms, Beijing Hikers Catch The Train, May01, 2012

In the spring, mushrooms can often be found growing on rotting logs in the forest.