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White River Hike, 2014/7/13

In Brief: Photos from our walk down the White River canyon in Miyun County.

Beijing gets hot in summer … very hot! What better way to cool down than with a stroll down a river?

The White River is one of the rivers that feed the big Miyun Reservoir, and the river winds its way down a long canyon with dramatic cliffs and outcrops.

We had blue skies and hot weather on this walk – perfect!

Getting started near a village beside the river - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Getting started near a village beside the river.

Part of the trail took us along roads beside the river - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Part of the trail took us along roads beside the river.

Some of the roads were built up by the companies that run the floating activities along the river – it’s a popular place to visit - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Some of the roads were built up by the companies that run the floating activities along the river – it’s a popular place to visit.

We walked beside the river, and then headed up to follow a path a little higher up - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

We walked beside the river, and then headed up to follow a path a little higher up.

Walking beside the river - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Walking beside the river.

The path took us to this wobbly swing bridge - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

The path took us to this wobbly swing bridge.

Blue skies and lots of green – very scenic - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Blue skies and lots of green – very scenic.

Looking back upstream - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Looking back upstream.

Time to get the feet wet - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Time to get the feet wet.

Trying out the temperature - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Trying out the temperature.

First dip the toes in … - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

First dip the toes in …

Here’s how our hiking guides do it – get straight in there - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Here’s how our hiking guides do it – get straight in there.

We waded through this section - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

We waded through this section.

Some rafts were still coming downstream - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Some rafts were still coming downstream.

The gravel road beside the river - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

The gravel road beside the river.

No need to get the feet wet on this crossing - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

No need to get the feet wet on this crossing.

Picked a cool spot to have lunch - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Picked a cool spot to have lunch.

We stopped here for our lunch break - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

We stopped here for our lunch break.

Cooling down in the river - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Cooling down in the river.

Crossing over to find a nice rock to sit on - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

Crossing over to find a nice rock to sit on.

After lunch we moved on - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

After lunch we moved on.

After crossing over here we walked on to the end of the hike - White River Hike, 2014/7/13

After crossing over here we walked on to the end of the hike.

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