A 14 km hike trough trough the green hills from Jieshi Village to Lingshui Village with a cave temple visit on the way. It is a great combination between out doors and ancient Chinese culture.
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Beijing Two villages Hike – lingshui to Jieshi (April 2013)
————— Blog written by our guest Gerale
Paintings of Chairman Mao, faded slogans from the Cultural Revolution, enormous trees that have stood the test of time for 1500 years, ancient temples and courtyard homes huddled together in a maze of narrow alleyways. These are some of the images of village life we experienced in the two settlements that mark the beginning and end of this hike. Just a forest of government issued, solar powered streetlights and a network of excellent new roads as a concession to the modern world. And in between? Hills, acres of bracken and a sea of pink blossoms. ‘Profligate’, mused Lynn, a fellow hiker, in admiration of the unconditional burst of floral energy displayed by the wild apricot and apple trees – for the benefit of the occasional bee or insect, and fortunate hikers like us.
Heidi and Fred don’t believe in taking the same route twice. And they are not the kind of people who would choose the most beaten path either. Without long pants and long sleeves you quickly collect a random pattern of scratches. Fred likes to call these China Hiking tattoos. From the satisfying summits of hills there are faraway views of the Great Wall to enjoy.
This is a beautiful part of the world – and the grind of urban life is quickly forgotten. We enjoy an excellent open-air dinner as we watch the stars come out and the solar-powered lights come on one-by-one. Then an overnight stay in a traditional courtyard home (with beds heated by a wood fire) to cap this memorable weekend trip. The tattoos have since quickly disappeared, but I’m looking forward to collecting another set soon.
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Jieshi Village to Lingshui Village hike (2 days)
This beautiful mountain hike will bring us to the 1000 years old Lingshui village. From the bustling Beijing metropolitan our driver will bring us to Jieshi cultural Village where we will have lunch in a local courtyard.After a little stroll through the village we ll start with our 13 km hike that will bring us past an old cave temple and over the green hills surrounded with steep mountain slopes.Before we enjoy an excellent dinner at in one of the old houses of the village you ll have plenty of time to absorb the history, the temple with wall paintings,old propaganda or tai chi posters. A relaxing overnight stay in this quiet village is for sure an interesting get away from crowd y Beijing.
History of Jieshi Village & Lingshui Village：
Jieshi Village, a ancient and supernatur History of Jieshi Village & Lingshui Village ：all village, surrounded by green mountains, with an elevation of 600 meters, is located at 100 kilometers west of Beijing . There are so many beautiful stories about this village, which was built at late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. It is said that three officers appointed by Emperor were in favor of the geom antic omen there and brought their family and belongs to this place, digging the well building the house, and settled down there. Judging from tablet inscription, among those family with
distinction identity, there are Gao, Yu and He three family, they separately have been officials and Prefect, Sheriff and member of Imperial Academy. Their ancestral grave were built magnificently, but for many years, never seen anybody sweep these tomb sites, and more surprising, currently there is no one in the village whose surname is Gao, Yu and He. What happened to these three family, why they disappeared? There are three Chinese Scholar trees over thousand year history and 72 wells with cold and sweet water. 59 well-preserved courtyard dwellings can be seen in the village. There are less than 50 families, most of them are aged.
Jieshi to lingshui Village hiking map:
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