Two Valley Walk hiking photos, August 24

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The day ended up quite hot, but we were able to stay cool by paddling in streams and pools, and by staying in the shade while we walked. The Two Valley walk is in the Ming Tombs area, and crosses the far western end of the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall.

Statistics: 2.75 hours hiking (5 hours in total) over 12.2km (average moving speed 4.2km/hr); start and finish height 515m, highest point 543m (by the Great Wall tower), total climbing 412m, total descending 368m. Estimated 1313kCal burned.

Great Wall tower, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

The higher tower on the hill.

Big grasshopper, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

An insect that wouldn't move, even when prodded.

Praying Mantis, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

A type of mantis.

People crossing stepping stones, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

Stepping stones, crossing the river.

People crossing rocks, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

Clambering over rocks, heading down to one of the pools.

People wading in the pool, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

Crossing one of the pools.

Leafy valley, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

Heading up the second valley.

Two geese, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

A pair of geese in the stream in the second valley.

Trees hills mountains, Beijing Hikers Two Valleys hike, 2009-08-24

An old orchard at the top of the second valley.

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