Experience life in a 1,000-year-old village just outside Beijing. Visit Gaobeidian village and see the People’s Commune Museum and the street specializing in traditional Chinese furniture. Make dumplings with a local family and enjoy dinner with them.
What to Expect
Spend an enjoyable afternoon exploring the centuries-old Gaobeidian village, learning about traditional and modern Chinese life outside the city. Have dinner with a local farming family.
14:00: You’ll be picked up at your Beijing hotel for a private 20-minute transfer to the 1000-year old Gaobeidian village.
14:20-14:40: Stop at the statue of Guo Shoujing at the entrance to Gaobeidian Village and visit the ancient Ping Jin floodgate. The floodgate was used to control the water level of the Tonghui River with a triple-gate system.
14:40-15:10: Visit a privately run kindergarten. Local children attend kindergarten from the ages of 2 to 6.
15:10-15:30: Stop at the People's Commune Museum. Communes were the highest of 3 administrative levels in rural areas from the 1958-1978 period.
15:30 to 16:30: Learn to paint a Beijing opera mask. These facial masks are prized for their artistic value, and add a visual dimension to the personality of a character.
16:30-16:50: Walk along the village’s classical furniture street. Opened in the 1990s, the street is devoted to the trade in Chinese traditional-styled furniture. The main styles represented reflect the Ming and Qing dynasties.
16:50-17:10: Visit the village market. Most patrons of the market come from the local village to buy their vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, and snacks.
17:20-18:30: Visit a local farmer's house, have tea, take part in making the dinner dumplings, and enjoy a meal with the family.
After dinner you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in the city.
- Hotel transfers
- Local English-speaking tour guide and driver
- Traveler's insurance
- Admission tickets to the sites visited
What's Not Included
- Hotel accommodation
- Flight/train tickets
- Personal expenses
- Tips for the tour guide and driver
Know Before You Go
Wear casual clothing and comfortable sports shoes, paying attention to the weather in Beijing on the day of the tour.