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Hiking photos - Cypress Wells Canyon, 2011/08/06

The Cypress Wells Canyon is a popular place to hike among people who like challenges and enjoy getting close to nature.

We were walking along a plain dirt road which heads to an abandoned village. We had a nice break and picnic there, which gave us the energy to do the nxt part of the hike.

After nice long walk with a bit of climbing we got to an unrestored section of Great Wall, with nice views from the high point. Then we headed to the down the valley to the bus awaited us and enjoyed cold beer and snacks—a nice treat on a humid day.

On the way back we passed the ancient town of Yongning, and stopped for a look at a peaceful church which is very interesting and quite a sharp contrast to the surrounding architecture.

wild mushrooms, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Drying wild mushrooms.

the countryside road, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

We followed a dirt road into the canyon.

Break time, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Time for a break.

the nice view, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Walking along the countryside road and enjoying the nice view.

Paw prints, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Paw prints on the dirt road.

wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

1. Largeflower Larkspur
2. Balloonflower
3. Glabrous Cinquefoil
4. Tube Clematis

wild flowers, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

1. China Bluebasin
2. Orange Sugarmustard
3. Mushroom
4. Stout Morningstarlily

Locust, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

A grasshopper investigating our walking stick.

the broken tower, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Walking towards the old tower.

The stone wall, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

The wall here is constructed of stone. The towers were built later, and made from bricks.

The Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

The Great Wall extends all the way along this ridge. It's the second line of wall north of Beijing.

Leaving, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Leaving the Great Wall.

Nice view of the mountains, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Nice view of the steep cliffs.

Yard of the Yongning Church, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Yard of the Yongning Church.

the Yongning Church, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Outside of the Yongning Church.

Beautiful window, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Beautiful stained-glass window.

Entrance of the Church, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

The entrance of the church.

Old tower, Beijing Hikers Gypress Wells Canyon, August06, 2011

Old tower of Yongning town.

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