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Hiking photos - Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, 2010/04/24

On April 24, 2010, we headed out to Huairou District for a walk through Mr. Mao's chestnut orchards. Mr. Mao is more than sixty years old, and still very fit. He's also very friendly. The hike through the chestnut orchards is nice and easy, and we had good views of blossoms, as well as stretches of Great Wall on either side of the valley where Mr. Mao lives. After we finished the hike, we had a delicious lunch prepared by Mrs. Mao!

Scarecat, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

Hanging in one of the trees, a 'scarecat.'

Scarecat in tree, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

The scarecat, ready to pounce.

Hill trail through orchard, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

We climbed up into the orchards, following a hill trail.

Ridge trail, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

The trail led along a ridge.

Hills and mountains, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

In the mountains behind the orchards is a stretch of Great Wall with fifteen towers - a very tough walk.

Blossoms, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

Blossoms in the dry hills.

Hill trail, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

We continued along the ridge, with views of the Great Wall in the distance.

Mr. Mao, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

Our local guide, Mr. Mao.

Hill trail, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

We walked out through a valley.

Stepping stones, Beijing Hikers Chestnut Orchard hike, 2010-04-24

We finished the hike by crossing some stepping stones, and then headed to Mr. Mao's guesthouse for a tasty lunch.

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