Our hike from Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace village is a nice long walk that takes us through countryside fields.
We had good views of the surrounding hills and for a while towards the end we walked parallel to the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, which rose above us on nearby ridges.
Hiking through the countryside provides a good way to get know about local life. In the winter, it's all very quiet in the countryside. Sometimes we saw local famers herding sheep, but the only things standing in the fields were dry corn stalks.
Along the way, we passed through two small villages, hiked up and over rolling hills, and finished our hike by walking out through the lanes of the Eastern Palace village.
Sheep graze in a snowy corn field.
We took a break in the middle of the wintry countryside scenery.
Sheep were looking for any corn left over from the harvest.
Perhaps there's something nicer to eat over here.
Our local guide, Mr. Gao.
In autumn every year these trees are filled with chestnuts.
From the size of the trunk of this chestnut tree, we can see that it’s very old.
This trail led us to the top of the hill.
There was a good resting place under the tree.
A good view of where we'd be walking next.
We followed this trail downhill to another village.
More cornfields, with the blue sky in the background.
Huilin was one of the founders of Beijing Hikers, back for a vacation.
We passed through more chestnut orchards on the way to the next village.
It was very slippery going downhill in the snow!
We spotted this lady walking up the road to her village.
In the background of this photo, the Yellow Flower section of the Great Wall follows the ridge on top of a hill.
Pods on a plant, filled with soft fluff.
A big old pine tree leaning over our path.