Public bus service from central Beijing to Mentougou largely starts from Pingguoyuan (final western station of Beijing Subway Line 1). Buses 336 and 931 run from Pingguoyuan (苹果园 Píngguǒyuán) to Hetan (河滩 Hétān) in Mentougou District. From there bus lines to most places of interest in the area can be taken. However, for trips from Beijing city, renting a taxi for a day might be easier and less time intensive. A Suburban Railway Line to Mentougou is in planning.
There are five railway stations in Daxing District. Huangcun (荒村 Huāngcūn) railway station is served by several trains from Beijing, the fastest being no. 4487 from Beijing West Railway station, taking 21 minutes. Trains from Beijing Railway station take approx. 30 minutes (no. 4401, 4405, 4419, 6451). Access to Daxing District also comes via Beijing Subway Line 4. This line connects the Northern Fifth Ring Rd with the Southern Sixth Ring Rd, running straight through Beijing's city center.
Tanzhe Temple (潭柘寺 Tánzhèsì), (Take bus 931 from Pingguoyuan Stn (Line 1) to Tanzhesi bus stop), . Buddhist temple dating back as far as the Western Jin Dynasty (more than 1,600 years ago). It is one of the oldest and largest temples in Beijing. The site is especially beautiful to visit in April when the surrounding Magnolia trees are in full bloom.¥55 (students and seniors ¥30). edit
Jietai Temple (戒台寺 Jiètáisì), (Take bus 931 from Pingguoyuan Stn (Line 1) to Jietaisi bus stop), ☎ +86 10 69806611, . 08:00-17:30. Though not as popular and well-visited as Tanzhe Temple, this smaller Buddhist temple is definitely worth a visit. It was originally built about 1,400 years ago, but its most famous features have been added later during Ming and Qing dynasties. A special attraction of this site are the huge pine trees, some of them being hundreds of years old. ¥45 (students and seniors ¥22). edit
Mt. Lingshan Scenic Resort (灵山自然风景区 Língshān zìrán fēngjǐngqū). At 2,300 meters tall, Mt.Lingshan is the tallest mountain in Beijing.edit
View of Cuandixia
Cuandixia (爨底下), (Pingguoyuan Stn (Line 1). Then take the public bus to Cuandixia. (about 2:20 hours. ¥13-18). There is a direct bus leaving from Pingguoyuan at 12:40, and one in early morning. If you can't catch the direct bus take the bus to Zhaitang, and take a private taxi to Cuandixia. The bus number is 929支, but be aware there are many buses with this number driving to many different places, so ask the bus driver if he drives to Cuandixia, or Zhaitang). A beautiful ancient mountain village. It is very small, only around 70 traditional court yards. It is renovated nicely and seems rather authentic. Go in the weekdays if you want peace and quiet, as many Chinese tourist from Beijing are said to go there on weekends. In the summer months the climate is nicer than in Beijing because of the cooler mountain air. In the winter it could be cold, but the beds are heated, so it is still possible to go. Do at least an overnight trip or you will spend most of your time in the bus and not have time to enjoy the peace in the beautiful village. You can easily spend one day in the village walking around on the mountain paths. Day 2 can be spent visiting the nearby village Baiyu, and seeing the sights around Cuandixia. Day 3 can be spent on visiting more ancient villages and scenic spots a little further away. You can also jump from one village to the next and stay one night in each. Almost every home has a restaurant and the quality is generally good and prices low. In summer 2009 a meal for two with 3-5 dishes was ¥20-40. Almost every home in the village is a guesthouse, so it is no problem finding a place to sleep. Prices are ¥30-50 for a room for 2 people.¥30. edit
The Cave of Peking Man, Zhoukoudian Village (50 km SW of city centre, take bus 917 at Tianqiao Bus Terminus and then another bus to Zhoukoudian Village). This is the former residence of the Peking Man dating back 200,000-500,000 years. The caves and some exhibition halls can be seen here. Most of the remains of the Peking Man disappear during World War II and have never been found again.edit
Mt. Shangfang National Forest Park (上方山国家森林公园 Shàngfāngshān guójiā sēnlíngōngyuán). 08:00-20:00. With an area covering more than 300 hectares, this is the biggest National Forest Park in North China. There are nine caves, 12 peaks and 72 temples to discover in this park. The most famous are:edit
Cloud and Water Cave (云水洞 Yúnshuǐdòng). Beautiful 613 meters long carst cave, featuring the highest (37 meters) stalagmite in China.¥40. edit
Ikea, 2 Hongfu Xi Lu, Daxing District (Xihongmen Stn (Line 4)), (toll free: +86 400 800 2345, email@example.com), . Daily 10:00-22:00. Beijing maintains two Ikeas, one of the few cities in the world to be home to more than one.edit
Youth Holiday Hotel (北京青年假日酒店; Běijīng qīngnián jiàrì jiǔdiàn), 6 S Guiyuan Rd, Daxing District (大兴区圆南路6号; Dàxīngqū Yuánnánlù, ☎ +86 10 6789-5716 (fax: +86 10 6789-5756). Rooms with free internet and purified water. Business center, gift shop, beauty salon, ticket office, laundry service, karaoke, fitness facilities, and massage available. Chinese restaurant and room service.Lister rates for doubles from ¥238, discounted from ¥190; breakfast ¥10. edit