Autumn around Beijing is a beautiful time of year. It is not difficult to find somewhere to enjoy the autumn scenery peacefully since there are various traditional ancient villages away from the modern city.
You can enjoy both the natural landscape and the folk culture of the area. Below we recommend to you the six "must-visit" ancient villages of the Beijing area.
Diaowo Village has beautiful and pleasing scenery. It is located northeast of Huangsongyu Town (黄松峪乡) and is surrounded on three sides by mountains and on the fourth by a river. There are over 100 villagers living here. The residents are enthusiastic and earnest, and there is an unusual artistic atmosphere.
Visitors are often able to spend nights with the residents in their farmhouses and enjoy home-cooked meals. The famous "whole baked sheep" is strongly recommended, and the taste of each family’s dish is quite different.
Besides the beautiful scenery and delicious food that is also found in other villages around Beijing, the artistic atmosphere there is unique. Many famous writers and artists come to experience life in the village. There are seven art academies in the village, so the village is also known as the "Village of Art" in the eastern Beijing area. You will find collections of works by famous artists preserved in almost every family that indicates an optimistic view of life.
There are three main attractions near the village: Hudongshui Lake (湖洞水), Shilin Valley and Feilong Valley.
This village in Jiuxian Township of Yanqing County (延庆县旧县镇) has a long history dating back to the Western Han Dynasty. Tourists like its blessed geography and the natural landscape of Longqing Valley (龙庆峡).
Now there are over 100 families, and the village can accommodate over 1,500 tourists at the same time who enjoy the outdoor activities and the countryside scenery. You can choose to pick fruits or harvest vegetables, fish, go horse-riding, and experience other agricultural activities such as rice-milling. Or just leisurely experience the local folk culture.
For entertainment, there is the Agritainment (古城农家乐) Hotel. Your can enjoy their kangs, a heated bed common in the countryside, here in the winter. Outside the Agritainment, there is an open space for campfires with an area of 2,000 square meters. Sitting by the campfire with a cup of milk tea, you will enjoy being in nature.
The hotel serves delicious corn cakes, potato cakes and corn noodles that are popular among the tourists.There is also a 3,000-square-meter orchard nearby for you to pick fresh fruit.
With the ancient style and features of this village well preserved, and the buildings divided into two neat rows, Cuandixia Village is known as the "Potala Palace in Beijing".
This quaint little village is more attractive than you can imagine. The quadrangle courtyards built in the Ming and Qing dynasties are perfectly proportioned, and most of the houses are built with stones from the mountains outside town.
Lattice windows, kang beds, fire-red hot peppers, golden corn — everything combines to produce a jubilant atmosphere.
In the village, you will also have the chance to taste many delicious dishes such as braised pork with vermicelli, deep-fried fish, braised tofu, wild-vegetable salad, steamed pumpkin and red bean rice. More Cuandixia Village>>
Located in the southeast of Yanqing County, Liugou Folk Village is surrounded by mountains on three sides. There are willow trees and ravines formed by floods all around the village area. This is where the name "Liugou" (willows and ravines) comes from. The people here are simple and honest, and the local attractions draw tourists.
In winter, with steaming hot Liugou Tofu in the casserole and hot drinks, a trip to Liugou Village is extremely enjoyable. Do not miss the "Tofu Feast" on your visit.
Near the village, there are several famous attractions such as the Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城), Longqing Valley, the Kangxi Grasslands (康西草原), and the Guanting Reservoir (官厅水库).
Near Xiangshui Lake (响水湖) in Huairou District (怀柔区), there is a folk village named Zhuanghu Village. The village is making a great effort to develop its tourism industry recently with its picturesque scenery, elegant environment, earnest residents, the ancient Great Wall and Xiangshui Lake nearby.
The village is on the west side of Bohai County in Huairou District and is 80 km from Beijing. It is surrounded by mountains. At present there are 48 families and 120 people living in the village.
There are currently 32 host families capable of accommodating 200 tourists at one time. The apples and Chinese chestnuts there are famous, and as the seasons change, you can try more than 100 kinds of wild vegetables and other foods.
Sitting on the second floor of the village leader’s house, you can see the Great Wall stretching off into the distance barely visible in the rain and quite beautiful. The leader channeled the mountain spring into his house to create an artificial fountain, and you shouldn’t miss the tasty roast fish that he cooks!
Located at the foot of the Great Wall at Mutianyu (慕田峪长城), Beigou Village is only 2 km from the Great Wall. There are Chinese chestnuts in the village and all over the mountain. Beyond the mountain stands the ancient Great Wall, which is the most attractive sight in the village.
The houses in Beigou Village are built into the terrain, and the rooms are well proportioned and tidy. The roads are very clean, and you will never find cigarette butts or other rubbish strewn about. In the village you will truly be able to relax and return to nature.
For dining, there are three little restaurants selling both Chinese and Western food opened up by the American Sayang and his wife from California. You can enjoy both well-brewed American coffee and traditional Chinese meals in company with the great landscape of the Great Wall.
You could combine a stay or visit at one of these villages with a visit to the Great Wall. Liugou is near Badaling, and Beigou Village is less than a kilometer from Mutianyu. You could stay in the villages during a hike of the wall.
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