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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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  • The ancient, Ming Dynasty ??, village of Cuandixia is a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from the centre of Beijing. Once out of metropolitan Beijing you pass through some really nice hilly / mountainous scenery...  more »
  • The town is small, but cozy and there are plenty of places to eat in the small streets. Around the town there are small hiking routes that lead to beautiful vantage points in the mountains. We enjoyed getting out into nature and away from the big city. From Beijing, it takes 2-3 hours to get to the city by bus 892 and taxi the last piece to the village. The bus will cost 7 yuan and taxi from the ZhaiTang ca. 20. The entrance to the village of costs 34 yuan, and half that for students)
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  • Great. About 90 mins in a car, through Mountain-y scenery. Village is interesting. A taste of what life was like before. Very few westerners, and little English, so an interpreter is a grand plan. A b...  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.
  • 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.
  • 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!