Thursday, May 8, 2014

Yunmengshan Hiking

This week we headed southwest of Beijing to an area called Yumengshan, another park with beautiful, Avatar-like rocky outcrops and lots of green. Spring has finally arrived and even with virtually no precipitation all winter long, the hills have bloomed. Added to that was a guest hiker, Joanna, who got to see a little bit of life outside the big city before her internship begins.

Some of the braver hikers went under these boulders. I climbed some steep stairs and went around.
There was a lot of haze for much of the hike but then the blue sky showed up.
We visited one of the western Qing tombs. These fellows are not guarding the tomb; there seems to be a base nearby.

Lunchtime break with Joanna.

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