We do this overnight trip to Cuandixia just once or twice every year, and it's always a good time. On this visit we had a nice walk in the hills around the village on the first day, had a bonfire after dinner, and once the sun went down, enjoyed some fireworks, a visit to a rowdy karaoke hall, and a sky full of stars. The second day was a very long hike through hills full of autumn colour and a bit of random weather.
Statistics for long hike: 7 hours to finish 28km at approx. 3.4km/hr; start height 882m, highest point 1,668m. Estimated 3,071kCal burned.
The hills behind the village.
The road up to the abandoned village.
Terraces up by the abandoned village.
Autumn colours in the trees.
Foliage nearby the caves.
View of the village from the hills.
The bonfire, kindled with old chopsticks.
Fireworks and stars.
Getting started on the second day.
Autumn colours on the way to Huangcaoliang.
The path to Huangcaoliang led through a cleft in the cliffs.
Up through the forest.
Autumn colours in the hills, Great Wall towers on the ridge.
Great Wall towers with campsite in the background.
The tower where we had lunch and sheltered from the wind.
The high winds brought some mist and dust with them into the valleys.
After visiting the Great Wall, we headed downhill through trees.
Trees and long grass.
Farmhouse in the valley.
Not long after this shot of the entrance to the Longmen Gorge it started hailing heavily.