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White River Ice Hike, 2014/01/19

In Brief: Photos from our hike along the frozen White River.

This is one of our popular winter hikes, on which we follow a trail through a beautiful gorge and along the frozen White River.

We started out near a small village located in Huairou District, and followed the river down in to Miyun District, which is east of Huairou.

It was a very pleasant flat walk through the gorge. The frozen part of the river was thick, usually between 20-30 cm, and sometimes much thicker.

After around three hours of walking, we arrived at a spot where the middle of the river was free of ice, and where we could see the river running quickly down the middle.

The best part of the hike was where the ice had frozen clear, and we could see all the way down to the river bed.

Ducks enjoying a swim in the river, not scared of cold feet., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Ducks enjoying a swim in the river, not scared of cold feet.

These train tracks were actually put in a part of a movie set., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

These train tracks were actually put in as part of a movie set.

Enjoying a snack, sitting in the dry grass on the side of the river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Enjoying a snack, sitting in the dry grass on the side of the river.

Crossing a suspension bridge., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Crossing a suspension bridge.

A little wobbly!, White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

A little wobbly!

Walking on the ice., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Walking on ice that had spilled over from the river on to the trail.

Walking along the frozen river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Walking along the frozen river.

Picked up some crystals., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

We found ice crystals.

Picking up some bigger pieces of ice., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Bigger pieces of ice.

Here the ice had frozen clear., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Here the ice had frozen clear.

Taking a closer look., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Taking a closer look.

The cracks in the ice gave us an idea of it's thickness., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

The cracks in the ice gave us an idea of its thickness.

Walking down the river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Walking down the river.

Taking a closer look at the river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Taking a closer look at the river.

We took a break at some rocks, White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

We took a break at some rocks

Picture time., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Picture time.

My turn!, White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Now your turn!

Walking down the ice., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Walking down the ice.

A shot of the water under the ice., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Cold water under the ice.

Walking on down the river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

We continued on down the ice.

Big cliffs beside the river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Big cliffs beside the river.

The trail took us down the river, between tall cliffs., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Tall cliffs near the end of the trail.

Beautiful sunlight came through the gorge., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Beautiful sunlight came through the hills.

Continuing on down on river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Continuing on down the river.

Following a gravel trail., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Following a gravel trail.

We spotted a mysterious cave near the end of the hike., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

We spotted a mysterious tunnel near the end of the hike.

Hiking a gravel path beside the river., White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Hiking a gravel path beside the river.

Not far from the end of the hike.  , White River ice hike, 2014/01/19

Not far from the end of the hike.

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