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Hiking photos August 15-16

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Lotus Pond to Mutianyu

On this hike we went from wild wall into a popular Great Wall park. The day was very hot and humid, but we were able to cool down at a trout farm afterwards.

Statistics: 2 hours walking (3 hours 15 minutes in total) over 5.6km (average moving speed 2.9km/hr); start height 288m, finish height 281m, highest point 608m, total climbing 509m, total descending 461m. Estimated 955 kCal burned.

The path up, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

The path up.

View down to a tower, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

View down to a tower.

View up to a tower, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

View up to a tower.

Tower in the bushes, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

A tower in the bushes.

On the Mutianyu section, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

On the Mutianyu section of the wall.

Detail of a tower roof, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

Detail of a tower roof.

Ornaments on a tower roof, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

Ornamental animals on a tower roof.

Catching a fish, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

Fish for lunch!

Lunchtime, Beijing Hikers Lotus Pond and Mutianyu hike, 2009-08-15

Lunchtime at the trout restaurant.

Intelligence Valley

For most of this hike we were followed by a thunderstorm, which made for an interesting hiking atmosphere. It started raining heavily halfway through - luckily for us it was just as we reached the swimming hole. The swimmers didn't mind getting wet, and the rest of us were able to hide out under tarpaulin. After we were done hiking we had snacks, beer, and soup at a local restaurant.

Statistics: 2 hours walking (3.5 hours in total) over 8.65km (average moving speed 4.7km/hr); start height 352m, finish height 167m, highest point 352m, total climbing 43m, total descending 112m. Estimated 450 kCal burned.

Misty hills, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

Through the mist in the valley.

Misty hills, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

More mist in the valley.

Flowers, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

Flowers.

Flowers, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

More flowers.

One of the pools, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

One of the pools.

Stepping stone stream crossing, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

Stepping stones to cross the stream.

The Swimmers, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

The swimmers.

Sheltering from the rain, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

Sheltering from the rain.

Intelligence Test, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

The 'Intelligence Test.'

Intelligence Test, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

More of the 'Intelligence Test.'

Fearsome dog, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley hike, 2009-08-16

A fearsome dog at the restaurant.

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