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Hiking photos – Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, 2012/12/23

In Brief: A collection of photos from a countryside walk from Auspicious Village to the 'Eastern Palace'.

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, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Sheep graze in a snowy corn field.

first break, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

We took a break in the middle of the wintry countryside scenery.

Sheep, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Sheep were looking for any corn left over from the harvest.

sheep, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Perhaps there's something nicer to eat over here.

Mr. Gao, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Our local guide, Mr. Gao.

chestnut orchards, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

In autumn every year these trees are filled with chestnuts.

chestnut tree, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

From the size of the trunk of this chestnut tree, we can see that it’s very old.

the hill, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

This trail led us to the top of the hill.

a good resting place, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

There was a good resting place under the tree.

A good view, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

A good view of where we'd be walking next.

another village, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

We followed this trail downhill to another village.

Say ”HI “ !, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Say ”Hi“!

the blue sky, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

More cornfields, with the blue sky in the background.

Hui Lin, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Huilin was one of the founders of Beijing Hikers, back for a vacation.

chestnut orchards, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

We passed through more chestnut orchards on the way to the next village.

the snow, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

It was very slippery going downhill in the snow!

carry bags, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

We spotted this lady walking up the road to her village.

The Yellow Flower, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

In the background of this photo, the Yellow Flower section of the Great Wall follows the ridge on top of a hill.

Cat tracks., Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Cat tracks.

A local plant of an unknown species, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

Pods on a plant, filled with soft fluff.

pine trees, Beijing Hikers Auspicious Village to the Eastern Palace hike, Dec23, 2012

A big old pine tree leaning over our path.

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