Tour Cuandixia – China’s Village That Time Forgot

Tour Cuandixia Guide:

In the mountains west of Beijing lies the best-preserved ancient village in China. Residents are opening their homes to give travelers a glimpse into a ‘living history museum.’

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Tour Cuandixia; Cuandixia was built more than 500 years ago as a resting place for weary travelers going through the mountains from Beijing to the west. It became prosperous by providing food to the Forbidden City, but the wealth diminished over the years. Once in danger of becoming a ghost town, the city is seeing new life as a tourist attraction. The remaining residents are opening their homes to give modern-day travelers a glimpse into the past. With old stone and brick buildings, Cuandixia is said to be the best-preserved ancient village in China. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Tour Cuandixia Highlights

  • Introduction
  • The Village That Time Forgot
  • Walking Back in Time
  • Touring the Village
  • Getting There
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty Off the Beaten Path, City/Town
Tour Type Travel Log – play before you go
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  • If you hire a taxi for the day, you also pay for the driver's meals and admission fees. For an authentic Chinese meal, have the driver order because you'll likely get dishes that aren't on an English menu.
  • Cuandixia is a photographer's paradise. Take along extra memory cards for your digital camera. If you use a film camera, Kodak and Fuji films are readily available, though expensive. Lucky is an inexpensive Chinese film that produces satisfactory results. It calls for C-41 processing so you can have it developed at home.
  • Comfortable walking/athletic shoes are a must for climbing the steep steps. There are no handrails on the stairways, so bring a walking stick or cane if you think you might need extra support.
  • No immunizations are required for China, but you might want to check with the U.S. Center for Disease Control or your local health department for recommendations, particularly if you suffer from a chronic disease, such as diabetes. Be current on tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations.
  • Don't bring white or light colored clothes unless you're planning on tossing them after one wearing. Clothes get stained incredibly fast here. Leaving old clothes behind also insures room for souvenirs on the return trip.

Cheryl Probst

Cheryl Probst is an award-winning photojournalist who has worked for newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and China. She goes to China on a regular basis, and has visited 43 of the 50 United States, 7 Canadian Provinces, numerous European countries and also New Zealand. Today she calls the state of Washington her home.


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