I was hoping someone would answer this: surely there are mountain cabins you can rent somewhere just outside of Beijing?
You can rent a cabin for a few hundred a month. Relatively decent air out there. I'm sure if you just go out and ask nicely I'm sure you can stay at someone's vacation home.
Lee Yi, Miss Red Head
Have you been there? It would be great if you can share your experiences in those places to have a better idea of what to expect
hm, just go to google maps and look for lakes around Beijing and zoom in, you might find some names and google one further on those names and try to see if you can find some suitable places to go.
i m looking for a weekend hostel at the water side and found this at Miyun Water Reservoir：
云景山庄 Yun Jing Shan Zhuang: http://www.chinasq.com/shop/biz98740
Phone: 010-61052255, Add.: 北京市密云县穆家峪镇碱厂村
according the following pictures, it rather looks like here on Google Maps, but the info tab has a different phone number. (BTW: their website doesnt work anymore)
this also looks interesting but it is just a small river beneath the hostel:
山吧 Mountain Bar: http://wenwen.soso.com/z/q135879296.htm
Phone: 010-61627027, Add.: 北京市怀柔区燕西镇长源村328号
must be here on Google Maps, I guess.