Brief Introduction of the Cuandixia village
The historic Chuandixia Village was established during the Ming and Qing dynasties, around for more than five centuries. Chuandixia Village is also known as the Potala Palace, there are over 70 courtyards on the property. By walking through the village, you truly get a sense of what it was like to live in China during the Ming Dynasty. Much of the village is the same as it was during that time period. It really is like stepping back in time.
Cuandixia Village is in Zhaitang Town, Mentougou District, Cuandixia Village (or Chuandixia Village) is about 56 miles (90 km) west of downtown Beijing.
35RMB p.p for adults; 18RMB p.p for students with student’s identity cards and elderly people with older cards; free for children shorter than 1.2 meters
7:00 to 18:30 every day
What to See in Chuandixia Village
The scenery around the village is amazing; there are large mountains off in the distance. From the car park (and the drop-off spot for taxis and cars), a walk up to the temple, you can see all the houses that are scattered in and around the valley. Almost everywhere you look, the mountains provide the backdrop for this tranquil scene.
There is plenty to look at in the village as well; allot yourself about sixty minutes to walk through all of the courtyards. Some visitors shy away from peeking into the homes themselves, because they do not want to disturb anyone. Keep in mind that the homeowners want you to look around.
Just past the village, along a road that travels uphill, there is something that is known as the Yixiantian, or the Thread of the Sky. Two mountains come quite close together at this junction, with a very old Post Road twisting through them. This is a popular sight for Chinese movies, in part because of its uniqueness. While it is a little walk to get there, you won’t regret seeing the Yixiantian.
Where to sleep:
If you want to fully immerse yourself in the experience, you can spend the night in a courtyard house. There are a lot of little homes, inns and courtyards throughout the village. They are available to tourists at certain times of the year. If you decide to stay, simply inquire as to whether there are any rooms for rent. Take a look at the space and then make a deal as to how much you will pay. The rooms are not fancy but should have everything that you need.
Is it for you?
Chuandixia Village is a beautiful, tranquil area, and it draws a lot of people for that reason. If you want to step outside of Beijing for a brief respite, this is a great place to go. As an added bonus, those that enjoy taking photographs will love all the material they find at Chuandixia Village.
How to Get There?
Take Subway Line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station. Then take bus 892 and get off at Zhaitang Station. Next, take a taxi or carpool with others to reach the entrance. The taxi fare is around CNY 20 – 30.
From Cuandixia Village, there are buses returning to Zhaitang Station, leaving at 06:50, 09:40 and 15:35. Upon arrival at Zhaitang, take bus 892 back to Pingguoyuan Subway Station.