Liugou Village

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Liugou Village ( Liugou Cun 柳沟村 )is located in Jingzhen Township, 15km southeast of downtown Yanqing County and 92km north of Beijing city proper. “Liugou” literally means “willow ditch”.

Liugou Village lies on a spacious north-south ditch (valley). But unlike the name of Willow Ditch, Liugou Village doesn’t have many willow trees, instead Chinese scholar tree are easily seen growing on both sides of the roads in the village.

In the past 10 years, great efforts have been made by Liugou Village to develop local folk tourism. New courtyard-style farmhouses have been built; old houses revamped. The old town of Liugou Village can still be seen – the old city wall, the old city gate and temples.  Liugou Village was stationed by the soldiers in Ming and Qing Dynasty. It is said that if viewed from a nearby hill, the old part of Liugou Village looks like a flying phoenix, hence the Liugou’s nickname of Phoenix City.

Liugou Village is situated in the north of Juyongguan Pass Great Wall and to the east of Badaling Great Wall. It used to be an important military fort. The Ming Dynasty Great Wall winded past Liugou Village. Most of the sections of the Great Wall at Liugou Village have been demolished and damaged. The bricks of the Great Wall were used to make houses in the village. But the remains of the Great Wall can be still recognized.

There are over 100 households in Liugou Village, a large village in the countryside around Beijing. Liugou Village has been developed into a folk culture village offering the well known “Tofu Feast” or “Bean Curd Banquet” and farmhouse Inn service for urban residents and oversea travelers. Almost all the households in the village are specialised in making Tofu Banquet.

How to get there:
1) Public Bus: Take Bus 877 from Deshengmen and connect Bus Y08 for Liugou Village.
2) Self-drive: Drive on Jingzhang Express (Badaling Great Wall expressway) and exit at Yanqing Exit, drive past the downtown Yanqing; continue to drive in the direction of Yongning Township. On the way, you will see the signboard pointing to Liugou Village.

Follow me to Liugou Village!

These are several rows of newly built farmhouses, white washed walls, roof tiles designed in a courtyard style.

These are several rows of newly built farmhouses,


All the houses are built in the traditional courtyard style.

All the houses are built in the traditional courtyard style

On the other side of the village main road are revamped farmhouses.

On the other side of the village main road are revamped farmhouses.


We are looking for a household to prepare Tofu Feast lunch for us.

We are looking for a household to prepare Tofu Feast lunch for us.

A courtyard in the name of Douxiangge

To our surprise, all the private rooms and tables under shelters in the open area around the courtyards are full. Of course, we have booked 6 tables for our Forty-some group.

all the private rooms and tables under shelters

Walking under the sun shelter formed by vigorous gourd vines.

Walking under the sun shelter formed by vigorous gourd vines.

More than just tofu, the local tofu banquet also includes the local farm dishes.

More than just tofu, the local tofu banquet also include the local farm dishes.

Charcoal stoves are used to cook tofu 

Charcoal stoves are used to cook tofu


Tofu Meal is actually a casserole hotpot atop a burning charcoal stove with different kinds of tofu in the casserole – fresh, frozen and deep fried tofu mixed with  meat, bacon and Chinese cabbage.
A casserole contains fresh, frozen and deep fried tofu mixed with meat, bacon and Chinese cabbage.

A casserole contains fresh, frozen and deep fried tofu mixed with meat, bacon and Chinese cabbage.

Liugou Tofu Feast

 

All of us are enjoying the casserole hotpot tofu very much.

All of us are enjoying the casserole hotpot tofu very much


A village fruit vendor is expecting some business from the eaters inside the courtyard.

A farm boy with a toy. Will he be interested in cooking tofu when grown-up?

A farm boy with a toy.

By the parking lot, there is a small market for local villages to sell the local specialities.

By the parking lot, local villages sell the local specialities.


Liuguo Village Contact Phone Number: 61192032, 61185391

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Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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2 Responses to “Liugou Village”

  1. stephen chapple says:

    can i get to liugou village easily from downtown Beijing

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello stephen chapple,

    Liugou Village is about 75km north of Beijing downtown. It is not very convenient to take public buses to go there from the downtown. Normally you take Bus 919 express from Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at the bus stop (the 11th stop ) of Shiheying (石河营),then take the local bus Y08 and get off at the 14th stop of Liugou Stop (柳沟站), then walk to the village (510 meters). The bus trip takes about 4 hours for one way transfer.

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