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.