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Hiking photos – The Hidden Village, 2012/07/29

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.

Two of our guides, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

Millicent and our good friend from the village are happy to get out and lead this hike on such a beautiful day.

Sancha village, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

The valley near Sancha village, where the hike starts, has fertile farmland surrounded by lush hills.

a paved road, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

The hike starts out fairly gently on a paved road.

the bottom of the valley, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

We walked up the the valley on the way to the abandoned village.

wild mushrooms, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

In the summer, the locals harvest wild mushrooms from the forest and put them out to dry in the sun.

flowers, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

Lots of species of flowers were in bloom.

the top of the peak, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

Great views from the peak point of the hike.

summit, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

First come, first served – the best (highest) seat at the summit.

The top of the hill, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

The top of the hill provided a nice, scenic place for hikers to eat lunch.

running water, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

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, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

In a few places, rocks had been washed down from the hills due to heavy rainfall.

Great Wall, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

Sections of the Great Wall are visible on hilltops above the valley.

crops, Beijing Hikers The Hidden village, July29, 2012

Sorghum grown in the villlage fields.

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