Step back in time in historic Cuandixia Village, a picturesque town nestled in the mountains. Founded during the Ming Dynasty, the village has 70 well preserved stone courtyard homes. It’s a popular day trip destination from Beijing, offering visitors stunning vistas and a glimpse into traditional village life. The Basics
Wander along the cobblestone lanes of this historic mountain village, and admire the architecture of the stone courtyard homes, many of which were built when the village was first founded more than 400 years ago. Don’t miss the delicate carvings in brick, stone, and wood. Scenic trails on the surrounding hillsides lead to temples and offer stunning views of the village and countryside.
Visit Cuandixia Village independently or as part of a private tour. Getting personalized attention and insights from your guide can be particularly helpful in this area, as most villagers here do not speak English.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- There’s an entrance fee to enter the Cuandixia scenic area.
- Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, and be aware of uneven surfaces.
- There is a steep path with stairs leading to the village, steep stairs throughout the village, and steep paths to get to viewpoints.
- Many of the houses offer lunch, with some offering rooftop dining areas.
- Full-day tours from Beijing can last about eight hours.
Cuandixia Village is located about 56 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Beijing. The easiest way to visit is to join a tour or to book a taxi or driver for the day. If you’re traveling on public transportation, take the train to Pinggouyuan Station, bus 892 (more than two hours) to Zhaitang, and then take a taxi to Cuandixia Village. When to Get There
Cuandixia Village can be visited year-round. It’s very popular on the weekends and public holidays. Visit during the week to avoid the crowds. The village can easily be visited as a day trip, but some basic accommodations are available for those who want to spend the night. Cuandixia Village Highlights
Particularly well-preserved courtyards include Guangliang Courtyard, Caizhu Courtyard, and Mill House. There is a viewpoint on the mountain facing the village. Visitors can also hike up to Guanyu Temple on the other side for equally stunning views.