Home > Trip Reports

Hiking photos - Ingot Village and Tanzhe Temple, 2011/06/11

Braving a thunderstorm, we headed to the western suburbs of Beijing to hike in the hills around Tanzhe Temple, one of the oldest in Beijing. The bad weather worked out well for us - the thunderstorm passed without incident, and the air ended up nice and clear.

The first part of our day was a hike around Yangpoyuan, also known as Ingot Village. Ingot Village had been sparsely populated for quite some time, and on this visit we found it completely empty. Our local guide told us why: the local village officials had been wanting the residents to move out for quite some time, and had finally cut off the electricity. It seemed as though people had moved out in a hurry, with some household items left behind.

We hiked back to the temple for a tour, taking a good look around and lighting incense to accompany prayers for family and future.

, Beijing Hikers Tanzheshi, June11, 2011

Part of the trail took the group through an ancient tunnel past stone walls.

, Beijing Hikers Tanzheshi, June11, 2011

We had time to enjoy a visit the grounds of this Buddhist temple.

, Beijing Hikers Tanzheshi, June11, 2011

Some members of the group took advantage of their time there to participate in traditional temple activities, like burning incense

, Beijing Hikers Tanzheshi, June11, 2011

A water spout in the shape of a mythical animal. Most traditional water spouts are in the form of a dragon’s head, as it was believed in ancient times that dragons were responsible for the global water cycle and lived in bodies of water and in the clouds.

, Beijing Hikers Mr. Mao’s Chestnut Orchard, June05, 2011

The group takes a break to relax at the temple in front of a beautiful backdrop of lush, vegetated hills.

Were you on this hike or trip? How did you like it? Please send us your comments about what was good and/or what we could do a better job of. We'd love to hear from you!

Were you not on this trip, but like the look of it? Tell us, and we'll let you know when we'll be repeating it.

Trip reports, photos, and news

Trip Reports: Photos and writeups of our trips around Beijing and other parts of China. View all the trip reports »

News: Updates and information. View all the news »

Most viewed trip reports*

Colourful hills in Gansu

Scouting photos - Gansu Province, December 2010

View trip report » (13784 views)
The coloured hills

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2013/05

In Brief: Photos from our five-day adventure trip in Gansu Province: the Zhangye Danxia Landforms, sculpted sandstone cliffs and valleys, and the Matisi Grottoes.

View trip report » (12833 views)
School Camping trip, 2014/6

School Camping trip, 2014/06

In Brief: Photos from a three-day camping trip organised for students on a school trip.

View trip report » (12063 views)

Special trip photos – Kashgar and Lake Karakul, July 2012

View trip report » (11670 views)

Special trip photos – Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, 2012/05

View trip report » (10795 views)

Special trip photos - Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu Prov., 2011/10

View trip report » (10271 views)

Hiking photos - Jiankou to Mutianyu, Christmas BBQ, 2010/12/25

View trip report » (9923 views)

Scouting trip photos – Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong, 2011/11

View trip report » (9236 views)

Trip reports

Read one of the many reports in the archives. (This report has been chosen by random selection; we hope it's a good one for you!)

Immortal Valley Loop, 2017/12/31

Immortal Valley Loop, 2017/12/31

In Brief: The frozen waterfalls and pools at Immortal Valley make it a great winter hike, and we picked it for our last hike of 2017—see 25 photos.

View trip report »

Trip report archives