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Hiking photos - Student Camping trip, 2011/09

In September we helped organise camping trips for students from one of Beijing's international schools. Each group spent two days out, with a night of camping between two days of hiking. Click through to read a write up and see more photos.

The students learned about life in rural areas, and practiced camping skills and leave-no-trace environmental protection philosophy.

The first day of the program started with a very gentle, but scenic hike through Intelligence Valley, a river canyon with many interesting aspects of nature for the students to observe, from geology to flora and fauna.

After completing the hike, the students went to their campsite in a quiet forest and set up camp. First, we showed them how to put up their tents, and then each pair of students had a go at setting up a tent themselves.

After the campsite was set up, we all went on another hike – a short, albeit much more challenging uphill hike next to an unrestored section of the Great Wall.

After that hike, and dinner at a local farmer's house, it was back to the campsite for a bonfire and stargazing, and a good night's sleep!

The next day everybody woke up early, packed up the campsite, and got ready for another hike.

This time it was our Chestnut Orchard hike, a nice loop hike that follows a stream up to a waterfall before getting into the hills for a good long walk. Towards the end of the hike, we walked through orchards belonging to our local guide and were able to try some of his fresh chestnuts and pears.

A group of BCIS, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

Getting started on the Intelligence Valley hike.

first rest break, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

We stopped here for a rest.

The students camped, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

We set up camp in a quiet forest valley, near a stream.

A view of an ancient Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

In the hills above the campsite there is a stretch of Great Wall.

A clear stream, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

On the second day we walked up the valley from the campsite, following a clear stream which comes from a waterfall upstream.

a small waterfall and pool, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

We stopped for a rest at a small waterfall and pool.

many beautiful species of flowers, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

In September, many beautiful species of flowers were still in bloom.

Many species of insects, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

Many species of insects were in abundance, especially beetles, grasshoppers, cicadas, and praying mantises.

The area, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

Local farmers raise goats in this valley.

The goats, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

The goats are kept in an area with short, rocky cliffs and overhangs, which resembles their natural environment.

several species of brightly colored spiders, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

The group observed several species of brightly colored spiders of very different shapes and sizes.

the hillside, Beijing Hikers BCIS Camping trip , September19, 2011

The last section of the trail led us along a hillside covered with flowers.

And that was it!

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