Cuan Dixia Village is, for most of the time, mispronounced by the Chinese as Chuan Dixia.
Cuan Dixia Village, nestled in the mountains in Mentougou District of Beijing, is renowned for its well-preserved courtyard houses dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are 70 courtyards uniquely arranged along the slope into Upper Village and Lower Village separated by a wall built in harmony with the natural landscape.
This idyllic village offers an excellent study in architecture as well as antique carvings in stone and wood built as decorations of the houses. In the neighborhood of this village are two small temples, one to a god and one to a goddess which can be reached by walking along the separation wall and up the hill. The view from the temple makes the climb very worthwhile.
Cuan Dixia Village is the only village in Beijing that has been listed as a National Village Architecture Reserve. Art and architecture students often go to sketch the houses there. Most of the villagers are surnamed Han, the village head will explain why the village escaped demolishment and war, and guide you around the village, introducing the history, fenghui and architecture. Join us in discovering these still lived-in homes with simple architecture and intact design.
It is 3.5 hours drive from downtown Beijing. The journey back to the city usually takes 2.5 hours. It is an easy walk and some climb along steps on the short hills. We will have lunch at the courtyard home of a villager. (local farmer's home made food rather than fancy food in a decent restaurant).
We also organize overnight excursions to this village, stay overnight in the courtyard style guesthouse, and next morning visit another lesser-konwn village nearby - the Wise Water Village.
Meet at the China Culture Center, Beijing, China.