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Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

In Brief: Twenty-four photos from a day trip to the ancient village of Cuandixia.

Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

A ravine in the hills near Cuandixia.

Cuandixia is a beautiful and historic village west of Beijing that dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The main attraction is the village itself, a collection of stone courtyard-style houses built on a hillside in a narrow valley.

The village has had the tourism treatment over the last few years, but it’s still a lovely spot to visit, especially if you know the trails in the hills near the village.

We hadn’t visited for a few years, and found a few changes since last time: some more modern renovations, a ban on the BBQ corn and skewer stalls that used to be set up street-side, and some landslip damage to one of our hiking trails.

The weather was great, the hills green, and our favourite courtyard restaurant was still serving great food – a fun day out!

We walked up into the village - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We walked up into the village.

We stopped for a look at something on the main street of the village - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We stopped for a look at something on the main street of the village.

We walked through the village and up into the hills for a short hike - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We walked through the village and up into the hills for a short hike.

The entrance to one of the courtyards - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

The entrance to one of the courtyards.

A renovated courtyard - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

A renovated courtyard.

Further up in the hills, we walked through the ‘One Ribbon of Sky’, a narrow ravine - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Further up in the hills, we walked through the ‘One Ribbon of Sky’, a narrow ravine.

Inside the ravine - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Inside the ravine.

Ornamental exterior for a shallow cave - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Ornamental exterior for a shallow cave.

We got a little lost looking for one of the big caves - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We got a little lost looking for one of the big caves.

Back on track - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Back on track.

In the cave. The characters read ‘Free People’ - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

In the cave. The characters read ‘Free People’.

Trying a little bouldering - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Trying a little bouldering.

We hiked out down the valley - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We hiked out down the valley.

Valley trail back to the village - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Valley trail back to the village.

We walked up into the village to find our restaurant - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We walked up into the village to find our restaurant.

Lunch time in the courtyard of the restaurant - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Lunch time in the courtyard of the restaurant.

Clay pots on the wall of the courtyard - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Clay pots on the wall of the courtyard.

Views of other houses in the village - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Views of other houses in the village.

Good spot for a photo - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Good spot for a photo.

We took a tour of the village after lunch, visiting the main courtyards - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

We took a tour of the village after lunch, visiting the main courtyards.

Outside the Guandi Temple - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Outside the Guandi Temple.

Inside the Guandi Temple - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

Inside the Guandi Temple.

A shrine to Guan Yu. You’ll usually find this figure in any Guandi Temple you visit - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

A shrine to Guan Yu. You’ll usually find this figure in any Guandi Temple you visit.

A narrow lane in the village - Ming Village Day Trip, 2017/5/07

A narrow lane in the village.

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