November 2010 China has large reserves of coal. Here a large road was suddenly diverted so that the coal could be extracted in an open mine. Although the authorities have started focusing on safety regulations, there are still lots of mining accidents. No wonder there is an alter by the entrance to this mine. The Great Wall East of Taipingzhaizhen. Many places there is a high vertical climb to get into a watchtower, or the next section of Great Wall as here. This tree was decorated with the plastic labels of bottles. It was beautiful! Climbing the Great Wall looking for a suitable camp site for the night. I didn’t find one that night, and slept on the wall. Night photo. Because of the one minute exposure the stars are slightly distorted because of the rotation of the earth. I never cease to be amazed at the level of detail the Great Wall has in store. Up, down, up, down and up again. This fat spider made a distinct thunk noise when it fell to the ground, when I finally managed to dislodge it from my walking stick. At the local wicket office in Qianan Eastern Hebei. A farmer collects cotton. I love the way young Chinese girls often have four pony tails instead of two. Here – a top down view of a girl sitting on the back of her mothers bicycle. A farmer returning from his field. This nice guy ran a RMB 15 a night guesthouse. Great Wall climbing its way up a mountain. Shaving off excess paper on the last provincial map of Liaoning. The Great Wall passed by this beautiful valley close to the border between Hebei and Liaoning Provinces. Taking a breather in Liaoning. Trust me – they were few and far between.