Spend a night away from the noise
Located in the mountains of Mentougou district west of Beijing, the historic village Cuandixia features courtyards dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties. It’s a stark contrast to the bustle of modern Beijing. Stay the night on a traditional kang bed in one of the village homes and visit the stunning Yi Xian Tian Gorge, a short hike away, the next day. Winter’s a glum time to visit the Beijing countryside (better spent indoors sipping hot toddies), so plan your trips for warm weather and avoid the weekends if possible, as the village can fill with tourists.