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Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

In Brief: See 30+ photos from a special teambuilding trip we put together for a multi-national organisation.

Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Team Red, ready for the treasure hunt.

Merck Group had their regional conference in Beijing, and they asked us to help them bring the team to the Great Wall for a look at Chinese history.

We first took a hike on the Gubeikou Great Wall, walking up an appetite and getting some awesome views.

We walked all the way down the wall to our favourite local restaurant for a big lunch.

Then it was time for the main event: splitting up into teams for a treasure hunt.

While the group had been hiking, we’d hidden historical artifacts in some of the Ming and Qing era temples in Gubeikou Village.

Each of the teams was handed a map, and then they were off, racing to be the first to find each of the treasures on their list.

It was a fun day! Thanks, Merck Group!

All ready to go - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

All ready to go.

After just a few minutes of hiking we could already see the Great Wall - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

After just a few minutes of hiking we could already see the Great Wall.

About to enter the first tower and get some rest in the shade - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

About to enter the first tower and get some rest in the shade

Everybody was able to squeeze in - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Everybody was able to squeeze in

Here the wall is so broken down we can see the different materials used in construction – rammed earth, rubble, and bricks - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Here the wall is so broken down we can see the different materials used in construction – rammed earth, rubble, and bricks.

It was a very hot day on the Great Wall - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

It was a very hot day on the Great Wall.

Hiking up to a tower - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Hiking up to a tower.

Rounding the corner - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Rounding the corner.

Those who brought umbrellas for shade were popular - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Those who brought umbrellas for shade were popular.

A few loose bricks on a rough section - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

A few loose bricks on a rough section.

Look out for our red trail markers - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Look out for our red trail markers.

Stay left - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Stay left.

On a path just next to the wall - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

On a path just next to the wall.

Good thing we brought a lot of water! - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Good thing we brought a lot of water!

It was a big group of 40 hikers - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

It was a big group of 40 hikers.

Fantastic view of the Gubeikou Great Wall - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Fantastic view of the Gubeikou Great Wall.

She made it look like it wasn’t hot or difficult at all - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

She made it look like it wasn’t hot or difficult at all.

Team mates - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Team mates.

Finally we could see the end of the hike - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Finally we could see the end of the hike.

Gubeikou Great Wall West – but we were not going to climb that section this time - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Gubeikou Great Wall West – but we were not going to climb that section this time.

After a nice lunch and some rest we were all ready for team work - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

After a nice lunch and some rest we were all ready for team work.

Team Green - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Team Green.

Team Yellow - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Team Yellow.

Studying the map to find the hidden treasure - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Studying the map to find the hidden treasure.

Discussing where to go next - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Discussing where to go next

Could it be hidden in the bucket? - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Could it be hidden in the bucket?

Maybe in the drawer? - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Maybe in the drawer?

There is something there! - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

There is something there!

Found it! - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Found it!

Team Blue showing off their treasures: Peking Opera mask, silk embroidery, paper cutting, ancient style cup - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Team Blue showing off their treasures: Peking Opera mask, silk embroidery, paper cutting, ancient style cup

Team Blue found a small porcelain vase - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Team Blue found a small porcelain vase

Everyone together for a big group shot - Teambuilding for Merck with Great Wall hike and treasure hunt, 2017/7/7

Everyone together for a big group shot.

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