Me and 3 of my friends (2 Chinese and another Filipina) will be going to Cuandixia this October 3 (week holiday in China). We will stay for a night and experience the local life. We will go by bus. You don't need to pay any fee to us. If you have some interest about old and historic sites of China you can simply join us.
Cuan Dixia Village is the only village in Beijing that has been listed as a National Village Architecture Reserve. Art and architecture students often go to sketch the houses there.
Cuan Dixia Village, nestled in the mountains in Mentougou District of Beijing, is renowned for its well-preserved courtyard houses dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Buzz if you want to join with your e-mail so I can attached a word doc about Cuandixia and some pictures. You can search the internet though.