We call this hike 'The Hidden Village' because it takes us past an abandoned village located in a valley surrounded by mountains, accessible only by a 40-50 minute walk.
After taking a look about the abandoned houses we hiked on, passing through a forest conservation project on the way up to a special spot high on the ridgeline, arriving just in time for lunch.
From there, we followed a hill trail down the other side. At many points the trail had turned into a small stream, with the water dumped by Beijing's big storm slowly trickling down the hills.
Millicent and our good friend from the village are happy to get out and lead this hike on such a beautiful day.
The valley near Sancha village, where the hike starts, has fertile farmland surrounded by lush hills.
The hike starts out fairly gently on a paved road.
We walked up the the valley on the way to the abandoned village.
In the summer, the locals harvest wild mushrooms from the forest and put them out to dry in the sun.
Lots of species of flowers were in bloom.
Great views from the peak point of the hike.
First come, first served – the best (highest) seat at the summit.
The top of the hill provided a nice, scenic place for hikers to eat lunch.
There was a lot of running water in the hills as a result of the rainfall the day before, so in many places the path had turned into a flowing stream!
In a few places, rocks had been washed down from the hills due to heavy rainfall.
Sections of the Great Wall are visible on hilltops above the valley.
Sorghum grown in the villlage fields.