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Hiking photos - The Highest Tower, Sept. 12 2009

At 1,440m above sea level, the 'Highest Tower' was considerably lower than advertised, and is in competition with the seven towers in the Huangcaoliang area for the title of 'highest tower' in Beijing. The seven towers of Huangcaoliang look to be somewhere in between 1,400m and 1,600m above sea level, and we'll be taking the GPS out there next time we visit to find out for sure.

Setting aside the discrepancy in height, this was still an excellent hike: the trail was easy to follow, and the views were excellent.

Statistics: 4 hours hiking (5.75 hours start to finish) over 14km; start height 880m, highest point 1,440m, lowest point 680m (where we had snacks and drink after the hike). Estimated 1911kCal burned.

Path up to the reservoir, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

The path up to the reservoir at Changyucheng.

Changyucheng reservoir, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

Changyucheng Reservoir.

Changyucheng Valley, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

The 'long valley'.

Butterfly, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

Butterfly on flowers.

Beijing-Hebei border, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

The border of Beijing and Hebei Province.

Highest Tower, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

Looking up towards the highest tower.

Guanting Reservoir, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

A view of Guanting Reservoir.

Stone tablet, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

A memorial for soldiers that died fighting the Japanese army.

People on tower, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

Highest tower on the ridge.

Climbing up the tower, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

Clambering up on to the tower.

Mountains and Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

A view north-east from the top of the tower.

People on wall, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

On the way down from the top.

Mountains and Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

Looking east towards Badaling.

Horses, Beijing Hikers Highest Tower hike, 2009-09-12

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