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Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

In Brief: Views of the peaks, valleys, and forest near Vulture Rock Park.

We started this hike with a big climb up a hillside, following the paved Vulture Rock park trail to reach the plateau at the peak. For most of the way up we followed a path of stone stairs, which passed a small shrine that showed signs of Tibetan Buddhist influence We had great weather and clear skies that day and could see mountains far in the distance.

After the big climb to the top the path flattened out, making for easy walking with scenic views of the hills in the vicinity of Miaofengshan. We stopped for lunch at the highest point, then continued over rolling hills through the forest and finally down to the village at Miaofengshan.

Our group, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

Our group is ready and excited about the hike!

the start of the hike, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

Heading up the stairs near the start of the hike, with Beijing's suburbs behind us.

it’s time to take off a few layers, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

After the first 20 minutes on the stairs, we’re already well warmed up – time to take off a few layers!

Onward and upwards, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

Onward and upwards!

a small Buddhist shrine, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

Approaching a small Buddhist shrine on the hill.

a good place to take a break, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

The landing just below the shrine made a good place to take a break.

A Buddhist shrine, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

A Buddhist shrine with a large incense burner in front. The Chinese characters on the outside of the temple signify the name of a bodhisattva, or enlightened being.

Miaofengshan, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

A view of the hills and valley from high on Miaofengshan.

a pine forest, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

Part of the trail passed through a pine forest.

the lunch break point, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

Almost at the top!

The group, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

The trail took us along a broad ridge.

photo opportunities, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

The views from the high ridges provided us with lots of photo opportunities.

This small village, Beijing Hikers Vulture Rock Park to Miaofeng Mountain, 2013/03/03

The village below is where we'd end our hike.

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