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Hiking photos – Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, 2012/12/22

In Brief: Photos of hikers and sights seen on the snowy trail from Longevity Village in Changping District.

We started this hike in a small settlement nicknamed 'Longevity Village'. It's said that the locals live long because of the fresh spring water in the area.

From the village we walked up a service road, passing chestnut orchards and cornfields on the way to a small shrine in the hills. Local people used to build shrines on a high hill above their village in the belief that it would protect the village. This shrine was renovated by a quarry company in an attempt to restore the feng shui that was damaged while digging away all the hills.

Next on the trail was Haizi Village, where we passed a 300-year-old opera stage and a temple called the ‘Nine Fairies’ temple, originally built during the Liao Dynasty (907–1125).

After we left Haizi Village, we followed a small trail over the hills to the Silver Pagodas. We took a look around – beautiful in the snow! – and then it was time to head home again.

Longevity village, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

The road from Longevity Village.

old pine tree, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

This is the shrine that was renovated by the quarrying company.

Snowy hill, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

Snowy hills and pine trees.

Haizi village, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

We hiked downhill to Haizi village.

a courtyard, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

A corner of a courtyard house in Haizi Village.

farmland, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

Heading on to Haizi Village.

Peppers, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

Peppers have been hung up next to the door to dry. They are used to cook with in the winter.

village courtyard, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

A cold-looking village courtyard

Jun, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

Here's Jun talking to hikers about the Silver Pagodas.

persimmons, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

There were still some persimmons up in a tree, about three months past harvest season.

Our dumpling, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

After the hike we had a go at making dumplings!

dumplings, Beijing Hikers Longevity Village to the Silver Pagodas hike, Dec22, 2012

The fruit of our labour, ready for the pot!

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