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Hiking photos – Dragon Spring Valley, 2012/10/17

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We don't often visit Dragon Spring Valley because the area is too crowded during weekends—full of people being noisy and messy, and we often see huge groups of people out for teambuilding exercises. Not quite what we want to see when out hiking!

But, on a weekday it's often less crowded. We scheduled a visit on a Wednesday, and instead of seeing people all over the place we saw some great scenery – Great Wall, hills, valleys, and autumn colours – and we took a short boat ride as well!

leaves, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

The beginning of the hike was lined with leaves.

here's the beginning, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

The middle section of the hike was on and around the Great Wall – here's the beginning.

hillside houses, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

From the wall we could see a village and hillside houses.

the tower, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

We walked up to and past the tower in the background.

The climb on the wall, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

The climb on the wall was steep in places.

the wall, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Looking back, we saw the wall in the midst of the hills and bush.

Millicent, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Super-guide Millicent has found something.

the wall dead-ends, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

In the background of this photo, the wall dead-ends at a cliff.

Photo time!, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Photo time!

A good spot, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Another good spot for a photo.

Back down in the valleys, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Back down in the valleys, we found deep pools of water filling the canyon.

the water was freezing, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Don't want to fall in here – the water was freezing!

a special Duck Boat, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

This last pool could only be crossed with the aid of a special Duck Boat.

Duck Boat coming through!, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Duck Boat coming through!

Hiking guide David, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Hiking guide David is waiting for his turn on the boat.

The last boat, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

The last boat is coming in to dock.

Some more stepping stones., Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Some more stepping stones.

Some creative ladders., Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Some creative ladders.

Beautiful colours, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Beautiful colours in the countryside.

Trees reflected, Beijing Hikers Dragon Spring Valley, October17,2012

Trees reflected in the water by the hiking trail.