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Hiking photos – Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, 2012/12/22

In Brief: Photos from the 2012 edition of our annual Great Wall Christmas hike.

Every year we do a Great Wall Christmas hike, and follow it up with a dumpling-making competition. This year Santa visited a little early, with the Saturday before Christmas the best day to do the hike.

The weather was clear and not too cold, and we had a very enjoyable hike, with blue skies and a bit of snow on the ground making the views very pretty.

After hiking, we had a Chinese Christmas feast, and then the dumpling-making competition—congratulations to the winners, who each received vouchers for a free hike, a copy of our hiking book, and a bottle of wine!

A beautiful clear day, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

We started our day at Gubeikou and hiked up to the wall, just visible in the background of this photo. A beautiful clear day for us!

a little bit of snow, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

There was still a little bit of snow on the ground.

a hill trail, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

After a little climb on a hill trail, we were up on the wall.

an ancient quality control technique, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

This brick bears an imprint that identifies where it was fired – an ancient quality control technique.

Hikers on the wall, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Hikers on the wall.

tall tower, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

We followed the wall up to this tall tower.

a hill trail, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Hikers preparing for the tricky part of the hike – a slippery descent down a hill trail.

Towers, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Towers on the Great Wall between Gubeikou and Jinshanling.

The cats of the house, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

After the hike, we headed to a countryside guesthouse for our Christmas feast. The cats of the house are normally the outdoor types, but they were allowed in for the festivities.

Another of the cats, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Another of the cats.

Huijie, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Huijie demonstrates how a dumpling is filled and shaped.

competition begins, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

The dumpling-making competition begins!

Most Beautiful Dumpling, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

We had prizes for ‘Most Beautiful Dumpling’ and ‘Most Dumplings’, judged by the proprietor of the guesthouse.

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The contest continues.

Winner number one, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Winner number one, with the spoils of victory.

Winner number two, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

Winner number two, demonstrating the prize-winning dumplings.

The dining room in the guesthouse, Beijing Hikers Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Christmas hike, Dec22, 2012

The dining room in the guesthouse, with a couple of curious countryside kids checking out our dumpling-making skills.

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