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Yanqing Great Wall hiking photos, August 23

This was a hot hike, and it took a bit longer than we expected. We think the scenery was worth the effort, and appreciated the sparsely populated Yanqing countryside and the early Ming Dynasty Great Wall (as well as a cold beer afterward).

Statistics: 4.5 hours hiking (6 hours in total) over 14.5km (average moving speed 3.2km/hr); start height 999m, finish height 858m, highest point 1334m (by the radar station), total climbing 719m, total descending 844m. Estimated 2303kCal burned.

Clouds over the Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Altocumulus 'mackerel sky' over the Great Wall.

Path by the Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Path by the old Great Wall.

Flowers with the Great Wall in the background, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Flowers with wall in the background.

Yellow and black caterpillar, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Colourful caterpillar.

Hills with wall in background, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Hillside trail around a tumbled down tower.

Steep climb beside the wall, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Steep climb up the hill.

Sitting on the wall, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Lunch break mid-way.

Wall in hills, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Still a long way to go!

Winding wall and hills, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

The wall snaked up and over the hills.

Changyucheng Village reservoir, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Changyucheng Village reservoir.

Relaxing after the hike, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Resting in Chengyucheng Village after the hike.

After the hike, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

Inside the courtyard after the hike.

Temple and Tree, Beijing Hikers Yanqing Great Wall and Long Valley City hike, 2009-08-23

The temple and elm tree.

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