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Hiking photos - The Perfect Loop hike, 2011/03/02

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The Perfect Loop hike in Pinggu District goes over some really gorgeous pastoral scenery. Enjoying a refreshing early spring day, we walked up a valley and over a ridge before beginning to wind our way down into a canyon on the other side.

Being east of where we normally hike, we had the opportunity to appreciate how the character of the landscape varies in Beijing. As we walked down the road winding along the mountain slope, we could look out over another broad valley and villages we’d pass through later in the hike.

The second half of the route brought us through a canyon with a frozen river at the bottom of it. Afterward, we started climbing again, eventually going over a ridge that returned us into the same valley as the beginning of the hike. We completed our loop, and then drove back towards Beijing, stopping along the way for a delicious meal.

A nice day, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

A nice day for a hike in the snow.

Wild fruit, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

Wild fruit left over from last autumn.

The guide, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

The guide, Zach, makes an explanation to the group.

The group, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

The group passes by a large stone wall in a village.

In the forest, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

A leisurely section in the forest.

The descent, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

The descent.

 A frozen river , Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

Crossing a frozen river canyon.

Hot lunch, Beijing Hikers 20110302-The Perfect Loop, March 02, 2011

A well deserved hot lunch after a rewarding winter hike.