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Hiking photos - Triangle Hike, 2009/11/22

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The Triangle hike is in Beijing's Changping District, and is a great countryside stroll that passes small villages, reservoirs, orchards, and an old pine that marks the spot where a temple was once located. During the winter most of the people that live in the area stay inside as there's not much fieldwork to be done. We only saw a few people all day - a few out collecting firewood, and a couple using the village grindstone to grind up some beans.

Near the end of the hike we got a bit of a surprise: since our last visit (July 2009), the river had been dug up and re-routed, the landscape completely changed. Next time we visit we'll have to find a better way to finish the hike!

Statistics: 3.5 hours in total, with 2.5 hours of walking at approx. 3km/h over approx. 12km; starting height 329m, highest point 452m (at the big pine tree). Estimated 1,194kCal burned.

Trees, snowy hillside, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

Because the air is so cold, the snow only melts if it gets enough sun on it.

Donkey and cart, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

These two were heading in the opposite direction to us, so we didn't get to see what they were planning to collect in the cart.

Hills of Changping District, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

Our trail led through snow on empty hills.

Tree, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

During late summer these trees are full of chestnuts.

Valley trail, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

We followed the trail down through old terraces and orchards.

Valley trail, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

The trail led us between the rocks and trees.

Dirt road, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

In the middle of the hike we followed a dirt road for a while before heading back into the hills.

Donkey and grindstone, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

She said they were grinding 'food' beans, likely to be used to make soupy porridge.

Snow on the path, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

In shaded spots there was a fair bit of snow on the ground.

River, Beijing Hikers Triangle Hike, 2009-11-22

The smaller reservoirs we saw had frozen solid, but the weather is not yet cold enough for running water to freeze.