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Cuandixia Village, Beijing

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Walk the old stone pavements and steep stairs of Cuandixia Village, a historic settlement from the Ming Dynasty period. Founded by the members of a Han clan hundreds of years ago, this mountain hamlet boasts nearly 500 well-preserved courtyard homes built of wood and stones, many of which were turned into inns. Enter the courtyards and observe stone and wood carvings on roofs, walls, gates, and windows. The village retains its folk culture and traditional customs, most visible during festivities--especially around New Year's Eve. Plan your visit to Cuandixia Village and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Beijing trip generator.
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  • It was a three hour road trip from Beijing to spend an uninspiring 30 minutes at Cuandixia which was all it took to get a sense of the medieval village now long gone. The streetscapes and building str...  more »
  • We took a DiDi to get there and booked the same driver to wait for us and paid less than 300 rmb from pingguoyuan subway station on line 1. It was a Sunday and quite hot so not that many tourists out....  more »
  • This is an old Ming village that's full of history. Climb on the hill on the opposite side provides an excellent frontal view of the village, and a short walk up the Guandi Temple provides an even bet...  more »
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  • I took a bus from Beijing to Cuandixia. It took several hours to get there. The village is miles away from modern civilisation. So don't get sick or hurt yourself badly!!!! You may not have internet or phone access either. The houses and streets are well preserved. The village dates from the Ming dynasty. It is located in Mentougou District. People are friendly and you can find places to spend the night easily. Very cheap too. The people are obviously poor compared to western standards. So don't expect top quality food either. But the whole experience is amazing and definitely worth the time.
  • Fabulous drive thru the Mts just west of Beijing. The village is amazing from the Ming Qing Dynasty but hurry to visit there before it becomes the full blown tourist destination the Chinese are working on developing. Be sure to walk or drive just out of the village to drive thru some incredible rocks--like a river carved the road thru them. With a Buddhist Temple Cave hidden at one point around a corner.
  • Cuandixia Ancient Village was built during the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle (1403-1424). In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the locality of the village is the most important post road linking east and west Zhaitang district in the western part of Beijing. It is also the military road linking Beijing and remote areas, as well as main artery leads to the areas like Hebei Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The village is about 650 meters above sea level with a temperate monsoon climate, which makes it cool in summer and cold in winter. The whole village is about 5.33 square kilometers in size with clear springs, good sunshine, natural vegetation and earth fit for farming. With 74 well-preserved courtyards, 689 houses and 29 families, it is a popular tourist attraction in Mentougou district of Beijing now, especially in summer.
  • It's a bit of a trek to get here by tube, bus and 'private taxi' but worth it for the peace. Stay in the tranquil traditional courtyard inns. Sample the local fruit and nuts in the small high street market and roam through the caves a few miles outside of the village. Try the local mushrooms! Watch it though - the shower might be a bit nippy!
  • A bit of a drive from Beijing along the countryside to Cuandixia ,literally means a Village the river bed.Surrounded by small mountainn ranges,houses and streets are preserved as they were for over 100+ years.Chinese gov .funds preservation and repairs.Main streeets are full of homes converted into Inns and restaurants.Be aware ,boiled chiken has a whole body in it in your serving dish.I didn't care for the river fish …tastes muddy .People are friendly and a bit too touristic as it is a retreat for big city folks who come here to eat a local food and stroll in town.Locals sells penut brittles to Mao's T shirts. It was pleasant .A Hutons outside of Beijing.Easy day outing.