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.
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.
Crossing a suspension bridge.
A little wobbly!
Walking on ice that had spilled over from the river on to the trail.
Walking along the frozen river.
We found ice crystals.
Bigger pieces of ice.
Here the ice had frozen clear.
Taking a closer look.
The cracks in the ice gave us an idea of its thickness.
Walking down the river.
Taking a closer look at the river.
We took a break at some rocks
Now your turn!
Walking down the ice.
Cold water under the ice.
We continued on down the ice.
Big cliffs beside the river.
Tall cliffs near the end of the trail.
Beautiful sunlight came through the hills.
Continuing on down the river.
Following a gravel trail.
We spotted a mysterious tunnel near the end of the hike.
Hiking a gravel path beside the river.
Not far from the end of the hike.