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Hiking photos – Longevity Village to Lily Village, 2012/10/07

We had a great time hiking during the October holidays, getting out into the countryside almost every day.

On the last day of the big holiday we went all the way out to Changping District for the relatively relaxing Longevity Village to Lily Village hike. The trails we followed on this hike were gentle ups and downs, with nothing too tough.

We started off at Longevity Village and followed a service road up through all the chestnut orchards above the village. The concrete road soon turned into a dirt trail which took us up and over a ridge, and then down to Haizi Village, where we saw nice old courtyard houses and took a short detour to visit the Silver Pagodas.

Not far from Haizi Village we stopped in at a small but fancy hot springs resort for a tasty lunch. After lunch – and a few drinks – we followed another valley trail to finish our walk at Lily Village—not a bad day out!

One of the residents, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

One of the residents of Longevity Village.

a local landmark, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

Along the way we passed a shrine, and an old pine tree – a local landmark.

Haizi Village, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

We followed a hill trail down to Haizi Village.

a persimmon tree, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

Along the way we spotted a persimmon tree – fruit not yet ripe, unfortunately.

soy bean harvest, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

This is how rural residents of Beijing finish their soy bean harvest: chop the plants down, let them dry on the side of the road, and then thresh the dried plants to make the beans fall from the pods.

the Silver Pagodas, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

Along the way we visited the Silver Pagodas, one of our favourite countryside spots.

a friendly dog, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

There was a friendly dog at the countryside restaurant where we stopped for lunch.

the hot springs restaurant, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

Heading out from the hot springs restaurant.

finish the hike, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

To finish the hike, we followed hill trails up the valley from the hot springs restaurant.

Grass waving in the breeze., Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to Lily Village, October07,2012

Grass waving in the breeze.

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