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Hiking photos - Silver Pagodas hike, 2011/02/13

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This hike is a popular one; the panoramic view from the hike’s highest point on top of a mountain gives a great impression of the area south of Huanghuacheng. Doing this hike the day after a snowfall made it even more beautiful, as it was our first chance this year to admire a landscape fully enveloped by winter.

Our walk began with a walk though Haizi Village, where we stopped to admire an opera theater by the village square and the Daoist temple across from it. From there, we walked up to the head of the village and through a quarry. The quarry abuts an eastward-facing valley that we followed up to its top. A shrine to Zhongkui, one of China’s folk pantheon, looks out over the valley and is believed to protect the village.

Leaving the shrine, we headed down another valley towards Wangbaochuan, another hamlet on the backside of the mountain we were skirting around. From there, we started up the mountain along a snow-covered trail. The climb was a little trickier than usual because of the conditions, but the snow made the views from the top all the more worthwhile!

The first hike after a big snow , Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

This was our first hike after a big snow this winter.

The snow-covered landscape , Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

The snow made the hike up this valley a little more challenging, but the snow-covered landscape made the view even more beautiful

Overlooking the pagoda complex, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

Overlooking the snow on the pagoda complex.

The top of mountain, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

The view from the top of mountain.

This red flag, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

This red flag can be seen from the base of the mountain.

Pines and snow, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

Pines and snow on the cliff face.

>At the Silver Pagoda Complex, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

At the Silver Pagoda Complex.

Snow-covered rocks, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

Snow-covered rocks.

The Silver Pagodas, Beijing Hikers Silver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011

The Silver Pagodas in snow.

After finishing the hike, Beijing Hikers Intelligence Valley, JaSilver Pagodas hike, February 13, 2011nuary 16, 2011

The group after finishing the hike at the Silver Pagodas.