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Beijing: Old Beijing e-Bike Adventure

1. Beijing: Old Beijing e-Bike Adventure

Following your e-bike safety briefing, you will set out on the adventure. Starting with a practice lap around the surrounding Hutongs, your guides will teach you about the history of the Hutongs, including some interesting facts about who lived there. Once you're a pro at riding, head to Ghost Street to see where you should come back for some food, you may even see a ghost. Jump straight back into the Hutongs where you will navigate through some narrower streets to really get a feel for the culture. As you come out of those Hutongs, you'll see the gorgeous gateways and entrance to Lama Temple before crossing over the road to see one of the most beautiful streets in Old Beijing, Guozijian. This street is where you can give Confucius a wave if you catch his statue at the Confucius Temple. Following the temple, ride all the way along Guozijia, past the old academy where students would study, across the road and back into some more welcoming Hutongs. These Hutongs are some of the most densely populated with bars, restaurants, and cool cafes, including cat cafes. Venturing through these Hutongs, you'll come out at the Drum & Bell Towers, which are 2 fantastic towers with over 700 years of history between them. In this courtyard between the towers is a social area for locals to have fun with their friends. It's also a point for you to have some fun trying a super fun social sport. Riding towards Houhai Lake you're likely to see some local swimmers, both in summer and in winter. This magical lake is one of 3 main lakes created in the center of Beijing. Riding around the edge of the lake, you'll see that it is a very popular spot for locals to walk and socialize. You'll also ride by Prince Gong's mansion, which is the best-kept mansion from the Qing Dynasty. From the lake, follow a river as it branches off towards Nanluoguxiang, which is a Hutong street which has turned into a very popular shopping street. Your last stop will test your memory and listening skills, so make sure to listen to what your guide has to say right at the beginning. Your tour will later conclude as you ride through the Hutongs back to the starting point.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Beijing City Tour

2. Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Beijing City Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Looking for the ultimate Beijing city tour? This just might be it. Hit the icons, partake in local activities, ride the subway, and gain insight into life as a local right here on this Beijing city tour. Meet your local guide at the east gate of Temple of Heaven metro station, and start your Beijing tour with a bit of morning exercise with locals in one of the city’s most popular parks and historical sites, Temple of Heaven Park. It is full of people of all ages taking part in traditional pastimes such as tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy, and more. Join in some of the activities, soaking up the park’s relaxed atmosphere. Visit the temple and ritual sites inside, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvests. From there, jump on Beijing's subway to travel to the very heart of the city for a visit to one of Beijing's icons: Tiananmen Square. As we wander through this immense square your local guide will enlighten you as to why Tiananmen is so special to the Chinese people. From there, we'll pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (adorned with its famous Mao portrait) to enter the famed Forbidden City. Off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, this ‘city’ houses the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, and is a must-see spot in Beijing. Discover some of its secrets and learn about some of the legends while enjoying a tour through its many buildings. After leaving the Forbidden City,  grab a simple lunch at a local restaurant to devour tasty authentic Chinese food. Then continue to gain a new perspective of the immensity of the Forbidden City from the top of the pagoda in Jingshan Park. High on a hill overlooking the city, this is the best place to take in stunning views of not only the Forbidden City, but the ancient heart of Beijing. This ultimate Beijing tour will end in Jingshan Park, where you are free to spend more time exploring, or head back into the heart of Beijing to take in more of the city’s sights. If you would like to continue to experience what real grass root is like in the hutong areas, and sample some of the most popular snacks in Beijing, feel free to join us in the afternoon Beijing food tour at 16:00. Your local guide can give you more information if you are interested.

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Beijing: Welcome Private Tour w/ a Local

3. Beijing: Welcome Private Tour w/ a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. Please contact the local tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

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What people are saying about Beijing

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I experienced working with Dominic twice. Once to rent an e-bike, which was well worth it on a hot day in Beijing! It was easy to get around, it was fun and he had great recommenations of what to do and see! I spent some time tooling around to see where things were, and hung out at the Houhai lake too! I also went on a Hutong tour with him where he showed me all the great hidden food places and was patient enough to wait while I pinned them on my map. He also shared good historical information which I appreciate as a history learner.

Great way to explore old Beijing. Fun and informative. Would recommend for first day of arrival as the journey reveals great places to explore my foot during rest of stay. Thanks much!

Tom advice on the correct location and inform a lot of information. it give a correct prdiction of time if we are in a rush. Awesome experience with limited time.

Fantastic. The guide Cactus was really good. She explained about the history of the great walk she was very kind and know a lie about the history

Just amazing and has to be done. Our guide Jin made it so much more worthwhile to hike and enjoy a wonder of the world.