This is my favorite photo of one of my favorite day trip destinations from Beijing, the village of Chuandixia. The modern world passed by this Ming Dynasty village, but in its dying days the locals decided to preserve it as a historical tourism site.
For the second time this month, I took some visitors to Cuandixia, a Ming village tucked away in a mountain valley west of Beijing. It has been developed into a popular tourist site, but on this Tuesday after the first day of school, we practically had the village to ourselves. I also made a dash up to the end of the valley to the village of Baiyu to check out the scope of change since the last time I was there ten years ago. Of course the road is paved now!
Anyway, my three favorite photos of the day: