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Hiking photos - Ming Dynasty River City, 2009/11/25

Built midway through the Ming Dynasty, Yanhecheng – the Yan River City – was an important frontier fortress. Its location allowed control of the river, plus several mountain passes. According to Ming Dynasty records, a garrison was established in 1553AD, and construction of the city was completed in 1578AD.

On this visit we took a good look around, then did a quick bit of hiking in the hills before finishing up with a tasty lunch and a look at some protected Great Wall towers.

Grinding stones, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

Old grinding stones.

Walking the trail, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25
Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-22

Climbing up to take a look at a Great Wall tower.

Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25
Lunch time, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

A meal of home-style Chinese food.

Alleyway, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

Exploring the alleyways.

Roofs with snow, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

Snow on the roofs of houses in a small village.

Tree, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

A gnarled old tree in the village.

Looking at a wall, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

Taking a look at the remains of a wall.

Trail walking, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

Walking along the trail.

Tiled mural, Beijing Hikers Ming Dynasty River City trip, 2009-11-25

A tiled mural in the village.

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