You can visit the ancient fortresses and villages of different styles like Jiming Post Station, Nuanquan ancient town, Songjiazhuang ancient town, appreciate their splendor after going through all the vicissitudes of life, search for the stories behind the ancient buildings as if you have taken one step into the past.
Here you can watch the century-old show, sparkling molten metal, but Yuxian paper cuttings, taste the sweet grapes, fresh dry mushroom, smoked meat and have a feast of both the eye and the taste.
In addition to the ancient towns, the itinerary also includes the natural scenes and unique folk customs in Zhangjiakou to ensure a busy and fulfilling schedule that won’t repeat itself.
Beijing- Jiming Post Station, Huailai County--Xuanhua Ancient Town--Zhangjiakou--Dajingmen Gate--Wanquan Town, Wanquan County--Nuanquan Ancient Town, Yuxian County--Songjiazhuang Town(Daiwangcheng Town, Shangsuzhuang Village, Beifang City), Yuxian County--Feihu Valley Sky grassland, Yuxian County--Beijing
D1: Beijing--Beijing- Jiming Post Station, Huailai County--Xuanhua Ancient Town--Zhangjiakou and stay in Zhangjiakou
After a two-hour drive from Beijing along Jingzang express way, you will arrive at the only existing large-scale ancient post station, Jiming Post Station, which is also the shooting venue of filmA Chinese Odyssey. The tile-roofed houses and buildings made of earth have withstood the hit of sandstorms, the post station office, stable, warehouse, post road, shops and former residences are all waiting for you to discover their sealed history. Within the station there was a He’s House, where Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu stayed and dined when they escaped from the invasion. You can have lunch in the farmhouse nearby.
In the afternoon you can choose to climb onto the Jiming Post Station Mountain, and then continue to visit Xuanhua Ancient Town, or the First Government Office in Western Beijing, and its Qingyuan Tower, Zhenshuo Tower and Liao Tomb Mural. Besides you can also see the grape planting facility in the shape of funnel, which is also a major global agriculture heritage.
You can stay and dine in Xuanhua or Zhangjiakou, which is one-hour drive away.
D2: Dajingmen Gate--Wanquan Fortress City--Nuanquan Ancient Town, and stay here for the night.
In the morning you can visit the Dajingmen Gate, with four characters“beautiful rivers and mountains of China” on the lintel, the city wall, Guanyu Temple and go shopping. Wanquan Fortress City, or the First Fortress in western Beijing, is our next stop. The 600-year-old fortress is the best preserved one among all the Ming Dynasty fortresses. Then you can drive 3 hours to Nuanquan Ancient Town, visit Nuanquan Academy, Xigubao Fortress, Huayan Temple and Laojun Taoist Temple to experience the fun in the old towns and fortresses.
At night you can watch an ancient show--sparkling molten metal. The performers will spray the molten metal with a special spoon, then the metal will burst into flowers like a canopy, that’s why it is called the“tree flowers”. We’d like to summarize it borrowing a line“ Nuanquan tree flowers are so enchanting that the tourist can’t see enough of the ancient town.” You can choose a hotel or homestay for the night.
D3:Nuanquan Ancient Town, Songjiazhuang Town (Daiwangcheng Town, Shangsuzhuang Village, Beifang City)--Feihu Valley Sky grassland--Beijing
After breakfast, you can visit the nearby Songjiazhuang Town, Daiwangcheng Town, Shangsuzhuang Village and Beifang City. They stay relatively close and haven’t been largely developed, so you can feel the original flavor of ancient towns.
After that you can go to Feihu Valley Sky Grassland, also called the Hometown of China’s Edelweiss that’s located in southern Yuxian City. In history, the valley was a major pass for business and for military defence. On the grassland, you will see the wild, blue sky and cloud, feel the breeze and most importantly, see the charming edelweiss in summer.
At the entrance of the scenic area you can enjoy the local food, entertainment facility and buy some specialty, then you can return to Beijing with content.