Nestled among the steep mountains west of Beijing, Chuandixia is one the region's best preserved Ming dynasty (1368–1644 AD) villages. Aside from the historic architecture, Chuandixia also provides a window into China's political past, with villagers still fervently promoting Mao Zedong iconography. The village has nice hiking trails and several locals offer home-cooked meals. Overnighting is also an option. Admission to the village costs RMB 35 per person.
The easiest route to Chuandixia is to take the Line 1 subway to its western terminus at Pingguoyuan. Once outside the subway station, dozens of drivers will vie for your business. Though communication can be difficult for non-Mandarin speakers, there are only two major tourism destinations in the area: Chuandixia and the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan). As long as you can distinguish between the two, drivers should quickly catch on to your intended destination.