Baiyu is a city in Shanxi.
Baiyu is a beautiful small ancient mountain village close to Beijing. The village has 100-200 traditional court yards, which are in the process of being renovated in a nice and authentic way.(June 2009) Baiyu is still rather unexplored, but it has plenty of guesthouses to sleep and eat in. Quality is good, prices low, the scenery is beautiful and the people friendly.
Baiyu is about 6 km from the more well known ancient mountain village Cuandixia, so combining a visit to both places is a good idea.
It costs ¥30 for tourists to enter the Cuandixia area.
From Beijing: Go by subway to Pingguoyuan in West Beijing. (About 1 hour from east Beijing. ¥2)
Then take the public bus to Cuandixia. (about 2:20 hours. ¥13-18 by June 2009)
In June 2009 there was 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 the nearly Zhaitang.
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.
When in Cuandixia or Zhaitang take a private taxi to Baiyu. From Cuandixia it is about 5 minutes drive. ¥20. You can also walk from Cuandixia to Baiyu in about one hour. The walk is a beautiful mountain walk.
The village is very small so it is easy to walk around. You can walk outside the village to get beautiful mountain views. If you want to explore places further away you can hire a private taxi. Or you can catch the bus in Cuandixia.
The beautiful views to the mountains from the village
The beautiful ancient court yard homes all over the village
The scenic spots nearby
Enjoy the beautiful scenery
Relax in your guesthouse
Eat cheap and delicious mountain food
Walk one hour or take a private taxi to the nearby more visited village Cuandixia.
Take the bus from Cuandixia or hire a private car to take you to other ancient villages nearby, like Lingshui, Liuliqu, Qianjuntai, Sanjiadian, Yanhecheng, Yanhekou, Hulin There is a good chance you can eat and stay there.
Visit scenic spots nearby: Walk there, get a private taxi to drive you or hire a local guide in one of the guesthouses.
Many homes have a guesthouse serving food.
As there are not many visitors let your guesthouse host suggest your dishes. Try the vegetable rich local mountain dishes: Try the local dish made of mountain mushrooms, and the dish made of green leaves from a mountain root. And if you have the chance try homemade noodles.
- Yucaotang Inn in a small lane a bit up in the village.
In summer 2009 a meal for two with 6 superb local vegetable dishes was ¥40. Everything was prepared from scratch, even the wonderful homemade noodles.
Baiyu is newly renovated and most homes are partly turned into guesthouses making it very easy to find a place to sleep.
- Yucaotang Inn, (small lane a bit up in the village). Owned and run by an elderly friendly couple cooking great local meals. ¥30 for 2 people in one room. June 2009. edit
- Nyingma Guesthouse, 14 Shengde Lu.. OK twin-bed rooms for ¥40. 25 January 2008. edit