28 September 2008. Fenghuangling, Beijing
On the first day of a week-long Chinese national holiday, ten professors and students took a morning hike to the top of Fenghuangling (Phoenix Mountain 凤凰岭).
The Mesozoic granite rises among the lush cypress to form a steep and majestic wall cradling Beijing from the west.
After the holidays, weekly hikes in the mountains of Beijing will resume well into the winter months.
Beijing has been particularly smoggy over the past few days, making morning jogs more difficult than usual. A hint of Los Angeles is in the air today as the city operates in a dusty veil with increasingly heavy traffic.
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