The Quarrymen’s Trail hike is a good 14km of hill walking, and on this visit we decided to add on the tough climb up to Changping’s own Heavenly Lake, a man-made reservoir atop ‘Python’ Mountain near the Ming Tombs.
The weather was hot, but there was a nice breeze, and quite a lot of the trail took us through forested areas. Some areas were very well-forested, and we had to duck and weave under and around branches in the jungle-y middle section of the hike.
We took a break in the town square of the Tomb Caretaker’s village, where the little local shop must have had a record day of cold drink sales.
And then it was up to the top, a steep climb up the side of Python Mountain, topping out at the Heavenly Lake – a tough way to finish!
Not far from the reservoir was our bus, and we quickly unpacked the cooler with iced beers and drinks. You can believe we drank the whole lot!