There are many beautiful mountains and valleys around Beijing and a couple of them are above 2000 meters, such as Lingshan Mountain. Many kinds of animals harmoniously inhabit the natural environment. You will enjoy the fresh air, the peace of nature and amazing landscape there.
Many ancient villages and temples in rural Beijing offer a snapshot of history, as they have been preserved, virtually unchanged since they were built. Some folk villages and temples are fascinating and delightful, that help you understand Chinese culture and ancient architecture.
Pull yourself out of your hectic city life and into the tranquility of Nature, countryside and the inner peace that modern humans generally seems to lack. Just two hours outside the Beijing there are vistas and sights that will make your heart rejoice and your lung. Nature is the best Zen Master to enlighten you.