Exploring an authentic Ming dynasty villageNestled 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.