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Even if you haven’t left Beijing, you can still escape it with Serk
If you are in Beijing this October holiday, you can still have your own mini-getaway with Serk’s monthly cycling escape taking place this Thursday, October 3rd. Really the best season to head out into the mountains of Beijing, the autumn season here is generous with refreshing breezes to cool the midday heat and the mountains slowly become alive with colors.
One of the last schedules cycling escapes of the season out to their base in Huairou, Serk promises some Belgian ice cream after the post-bike outdoor BBQ.
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Just 2 Hours Outside Gray & Smoggy Beijing were Bright Blue Skies
Beijing sometimes gets a bad rap for it’s landlocked location, but the landscape scenery just outside of the city’s ring roads is full of jaw-dropping natural beauty and wonder that begs to be explored. Who needs a beach when there are glorious green mountains to climb?
For most Beijing visitors and residences, the Great Wall is often the go-to spot for a weekend escape. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve climbed various sections of the Great Wall (from Badaling to Mutianyu, Jiankou and Jingshanling, you name it and I’ve probably hiked it), it’s really one of the best outdoor activities available in Beijing. There’s something magical about walking on the Great Wall that can only be shared through experience. Beyond the physical feat of climbing up and down those steep stone steps with your own two feet is one thing, but understanding and appreciating the incredible history of the Great Wall and impact it’s had in the course of China’s history brings the experience to another level. It’s truly a thrill for anyone who craves epic hikes and there are many to be found on the outskirts of Beijing.
When we left Beijing on a very average grey and stifling day, we were delighted to find the grey skies part to reveal entirely different blue skies and puffy white clouds just on the other side of the mountains! Like we were somewhere else entirely, it was incredible to see what a difference a 2 hour drive outside the city could make, to see what Beijing could and should be more like!
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Surrounded by a Sea of Cherry Blossoms
A few weeks belated, but better late than never. A symbol of Spring in China, cherry blossoms are normally known to come out beginning of April, but already in the middle of the month, cherry blossoms are in full swing right now.
For only two weeks out of the entire year, cherry blossoms spread across the mountains along the Great Wall, splashing the hills with splotches of pink and white. It’s a trip worth taking to bear witness to this sight worth seeing.
With such a transient, short-lived existence, I will make it a point to drop whatever plans may have been to make the journey up north to the hills to savor this rare gift from nature. You can see here my very first experience hiking on the Great Wall hike surrounded by cherry blossoms.
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Only lasting a few weeks each year, catching the changing of colors in the mountains just outside of Beijing is something worth the hour+ long trip out of the city.
A shame it only lasts such a short period of time, but it’s absolutely breath-takingly beautiful and if you can possibly find a day or two to escape Beijing (as it will only last at most another week), then GO-GO-GO! As the skies are still blue and there’s a slight breeze for comfort, you must rush to go before the wind blows away all the colorful leaves!
You can thank me after.
LumDimSum Snapshots of the Mountains Erupting in Vibrant Colors:
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