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Hiking photos - Badgers’ Pass and Lotus Pond Overnight, 2010/7/31

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On this two-day trip we hiked along trails and Great Wall in Huairou District, north of Beijing city.

On the first day, we walked the bushy Badgers' Pass trail, following an old path between villages. It took a lot longer than expected, as the trail was quite overgrown - most people drive between the two villages these days, and the trail is falling out of use. On the way, we saw a lot of flowers and mushrooms, an abandoned settlement, and some big pig traps.

After arriving at the village, we checked into the rooms at our guesthouse, had a nice big dinner, and enjoyed the views from the rooftop at the guesthouse.

The hike on the second day was along a stretch of Great Wall, and the weather was perfect. We were walking on the wall near Mutianyu, and got good views of restored and unrestored Great Wall without seeing a lot of other people. After we finished walking, we got a big lunch at a trout farm and headed back to Beijing.

Hills and fields, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

A view of the hills above the village where we began the Badgers' Pass hike.

Spider and fly, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

Huijie spotted this unusually coloured spider snaring a fly.

Resting, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

We cleared a space for lunch midway along the bushy trail.

Flowers, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

Towards the end of the hike on the first day we passed these yellow flowers.

Guesthouse dinner, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

We had dinner in the courtyard of our countryside guest house.

Sunset, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

The skies cleared in the evening, and the sun set behind an old pine tree in the village.

Sunset, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

Sunset in the village.

Lotus Pond Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

On the second day we were up early for a Great Wall hike, heading for the Mutianyu area.

Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

From the stretch of wall we walked, we had a good view of the restored Mutianyu section of Great Wall.

Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

We picked a path through the grass and weeds growing on this part of the wall.

Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

A restored tower, part of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Hiking group, Beijing Hikers Badgers Pass and Lotus Pond overnight hike, July 31-August 1, 2010

The hiking group, just about to reach the restaurant!