A Complete Travel Guide to Cuandixia village

A Complete Travel Guide to Cuandixia villag

Brief Introduction to the Cuandixia Village

The historic Chuandixia Village was established during the Ming and Qing dynasties for more than five centuries. Chuandixia Village is also known as the Potala Palace; over 70 courtyards on the property. By walking through the village, you genuinely get a sense of what it was like to live in China during the Ming Dynasty. Much of the town is the same as during that time period. It 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.

Ticket Price:

35RMB p.p for adults; 18RMB p.p for students with student’s identity cards and older adults with older cards; free for children shorter than 1.2 meters

Opening Hours:

7:00 to 18:30 every day
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What to See in Chuandixia Village

The scenery around the village is fantastic; there are large mountains 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 scattered in and around the valley. The mountains provide the backdrop for this tranquil scene almost everywhere you look.

There is plenty to look at in the village; allot yourself about sixty minutes to walk through all of the courtyards. Some visitors shy away from peeking into their homes because they do not want to disturb anyone. Keep in mind that the homeowners like 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. At this junction two mountains come pretty close together, with an ancient Post Road twisting through them. This is a famous sight in Chinese movies, in part because of its uniqueness. While it is a little walk to get there, you won’t regret seeing the Yixiantian.

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Where to Sleep:

If you want to immerse yourself in the experience fully, you can spend the night in a courtyard house. There are a lot of tiny homes, inns, and courtyards throughout the village. They are available to tourists at certain times of the year. If you decide to stay, inquire 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.

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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 a 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, buses return to Zhaitang Station, leaving at 06:50, 09:40, and 15:35. Upon arrival at Zhaitang, take bus 892 back to Pingguoyuan Subway Station.

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