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Hiking photos - Montessori School day trip, 2011/04/17

This was a great spring day for an outing with the children of the Montesorri School of Beijing. For this excursion, we took a route that combined part of the White River walk with a hike up to Longyunshan for beautiful views of the river valley and the surrounding hills.

The hike starts out in the valley next to the White River, which we sometimes cross on foot in the winter when it’s frozen over. Shortly after entering the scenic river valley though, the path rises up to the top of Longyunshan hill. Years ago a movie was filmed here and part of the set, a house and an artificial tree, still remain. On a clear day like this one, the top of the hill is a great place to have lunch and enjoy the panoramic views of the countryside, with its numerous hills, steep, rocky cliffs, and valleys nearby. There’s a reservoir near the top of the hill which, when full, looks like a small lake.

After lunch we take time to walk around it before starting back down. En route, we follow a path that loops around and starts downhill, entering a valley which eventually reconnects with the White River valley below. The valley had a lot of fruit trees which were in bloom with beautiful pink and white flowers. After rejoining the river valley, it’s just a short walk to the nearby town where a delicious home cooked Chinese lunch awaits.

 A beautiful spring day , Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

It was a beautiful spring day for the hike.

Near the top of the hills, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

Near the top of the hills, there’s what looks like an abandoned house; it’s actually a large prop left over from the filming of the Chinese movie “Let the Bullets Fly”.

Hikes to this area , Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

Hikes to this area always include time to inspect the movie house and have lunch near it at the top of the hill.

A view of the reservoir , Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

A view of the reservoir near the top of Longyunshan.

Most of the fruit trees, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

Most of the fruit trees in bloom in the spring have either white or pink flowers.

The beauty of all of the flowers, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

The beauty of all of the flowers was a highlight of the hike.

, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

A view of the distant hills beyond the reservoir at the top of Longyunshan.

A view of the entrance, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

A view of the entrance to the White River valley. In the winter, we hike along this frozen river.

The local farmers, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

The local farmers raise goats and sheep.

One of our young hikers, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

One of our young hikers, expressing her creative and artistic talent.

Great time on this hike, Beijing Hikers Montessori School day trip, April 17, 2011

Both kids and adults alike had a great time on this hike.

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