Situated at the foot of Jiankou Great Wall, Xizhazi Village is the base of Jiankou Great Wall where visitors can stop for a rest. If you do a day trip to Jiankou, it’s not necessary to stay overnight. If you want to experience the sunrise and sunset, this village is the best location.
Most the local farmers have newly-built guesthouses, and they are basic and simple. Simple but fabulous home-made local Chinese food is available at these guesthouses. Jiankou is becoming a popular destination among local Chinese, so you have to reserve an accommodation if you go there at weekend, otherwise just go straight. The local farmers can not speak any English and it’s recommended to employ an English-speaking guide in Beijing.
Standard twin room with private facility will cost RMB 150-200. Multi-shared rooms (3-4 people) will cost RMB 180 each room and the local heated brick bed (Kang) will cost RMB 20 as well. A pulic toilet and shower is available for multi-shared accommodation.
Most of the farmhouses in the village receive guests. They also offer authentic “peasant dishes” including all sorts of wild vegetables, free range eggs, pan-fried green onion cakes, cornmeal dumpling with vegetable stuffing, millet gruel and all sorts of barbecue.
How to get there
Take bus No.916 at Dongzhimen bus hub (subway line 2 is available) in Beijing and get off at Yingbinlu Station(迎宾路）) in Huairou, then transfer bus 862 and get off at Yujiayuan (于家园). The bus runs only twice a day between Huairou and Xizhazi. The leaving time is: from Yujiayuan to xizhazi: 11:30am, 4:30pm; from xizhazi to yujiayuan: 6:30am, 1:15pm. The one way duration is around 70 mins.
Take Jingcheng (Beijing – Chengde) Expressway, pass Yanxi Roundabout, Shentangyu Village, turn left at Badaohe Bridge and drive along until you reach Xizhazi Village.