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Hiking photos - Get Lost Again, 2011/03/16

We started this hike in Miyun county northeast of Beijing, heading up a bushy path that gradually worked its way along some high hillsides. From there we got good views of the surrounding hills and valleys down below.

En route we encountered a variety of things related to the flora and fauna of the area, like praying mantis cocoons, abandoned wasps’ nests, cicadas, birds’ nests, and interesting plants, all of which were explained by our resident naturalist, Betsy Taylor. This trail alternated between hillsides and valleys, so we soon descended into the valley just below us and worked our way between the hills before stopping for lunch in a farmers’ orchard, where a local villager came over to chat.

After we started hiking again, we followed the trail as it rose to the top of a hill which provided us with good views of the terrain we’d covered behind us as well as the route and villages ahead. From there the trail descended, passing by terraced fields and eventually ending at a small village.

A cicada, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

A cicada, a large insect which only emerges once every few years. We can hear their loud singing in the summer.

Betsy explaining one of the many things, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

Betsy explaining one of the many things that we found that day.

The group, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

The group making a short pause in the bushes.

The group, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

Betsy has the rapt attention of the group as she shares her expertise.

The group, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

She could easily spot insect cocoons, small fruit, interesting flowers, etc. on the trees.

The group, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

Even though this hike is moderately strenuous, there were some relatively flat easy sections of trail too.

Following the path, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

The group follows the path as it emerges from the hills.

Our lunch, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

Our lunch spot at the edge of a farmer’s orchard.

The trail, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

The trail passed by several terraced fields.

A view of the village, Beijing Hikers Miyun District, March 16, 2011

A view of the village and farmland at the end of the hike.

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