Beijicun is the Arctic Village at China’s most northerly point. It is only a two hour drive from Mohe so I recommend going either overnight on as a day trip.
You can take a driver or you can take a bus. When I was sorting out my day trip I had planned to take a bus, but it turned out that only two buses left for Mohe at 8am and at 11am while only two buses came back at 10am and 2pm.
So even if I took the 8am bus and arrived at 10am – I would only have had 4 hours. I wasn’t sure that it would be enough.
It would have been the tightest fit ever if it had worked, so I’m glad I took a taxi.
If you want to take the bus then you really need to stay overnight.
The bus is 15 yuan 1 way plus Beijicun accommodation, while I paid 300 yuan for the whole day of the taxi.
The entrance fee for Beijicun is 60 yuan and the electric car to take you around inside Beijicun is 30 yuan.
First Stop: Gyuniyan Temple and the Hall of the Ancestors
Another plus with taking a taxi is that it took me to the Gyuniyan Temple and Hall of the Ancestors before Beijicun, which the bus would have bypassed.
The Gyuniyan Temple cost 50 yuan, but the Hall of the Ancestors was free.
A lot of Beijicun is rather touristy. There is the actual town that you can look around, but a large part is one photo destination after another.
My driver Meng Fan was great for making sure I didn’t miss anything and telling me the name of every touristy photo opportunity. He also took photos of me – which as a solo traveller is always awkward. The flip side is it also made me want to punch a wall. How many different angles do you need to get this shot from? I’m not a bloody model!
I personally don’t think that you need your driver to come in to Beijicun with you. They might prevent you from missing anything, but you won’t get lost.
It would be easier to get lost here than in Mohe, but if you ever did miss-place yourself it would be easy enough to ask someone. I was also the only non-Chinese person there. I’m not sure how they expected me to get lost in the crowd.
In Beijicun itself there are lots of things to see. You can stand at China’s most northerly point, marked with a monument and a map drawn on the ground. Russia is also a stones throw away over the river, making it the third country I have seen from afar but not been to. 🙁 I’ve also seen Spain from Biarritz in France and Saudi Arabia from Dahab in Egypt.
Russia! I will visit you someday!!
China’s most northerly point. I’m trying not to squint. 🙂 Not much success.
There is also the first house in China. China No 1.
The ‘Russian Village’ which was two supposedly Russian styles houses plonked there for show.
And an ethnic minority museum.
Beijicun is a neat place to visit, but you might have a more authentic experience if home-stayed in Beijicun rather than seeing it as a day trip. I think I would have done that in hind sight.
Do you prefer to take day trips, or do you prefer to stay overnight in places like this?