Beijing Hutongs

Beijing Hutongs

Beijing Hutongs: Our most recommended tours and activities

Beijing: Private Sightseeing Nighttime Tour with Transfer

1. Beijing: Private Sightseeing Nighttime Tour with Transfer

Meet your guide in your hotel's lobby, hop into your private vehicle and set off on your 4 hour night tour. Taking in most of Beijing's city iconic attractions, you’ll see how just magical the capital is at nightfall, with beautifully lit buildings lining its bustling streets. 1: Night sightseeing tour to Beijing's night life zone Tour including the following places:(it may change depending on the traffic and other conditionals) -Pass along Chang'an Avenue, the most important and political street in Beijing. -Discover the Qianmen Shopping and food street, get the unique opportunity to taste tarantulas, crickets, and other bugs (at your own cost) -Stroll around Tian'anmen square which is regarded as the largest city central square in the world. If you want to watch the flag lowering ceremony on Tian'anmen square, please indicate when make booking. (Square need to make reservation at least one day in advance) -Discover the charm of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. -Stroll around the Houhai lake area to enjoy a piece of charm. Follow your tour guide to walk through the Hutong area and explore the shops. -Driving pass by Beijing National Stadiums for some awesome night pictures (If you want to stop for photos, we will park our car and let you walk around the park) -Driven by the CCTV headquarter. The most remarkable architecture in China. -Drive by Central Business District- Beijing's Manhattan area. You can't miss the shopping centers here, they are well known from their massive LED lights and very colorful. You will end your tour by transferring back to your centrally located hotel in Beijing or any places in central Beijing. 2: Night sightseeing tour with dinner If you booked the night tour with dinner, you will choose to visit 3-4 nightlife zone and dinner in the local restaurant, you can choose Yunnan cuisine, famous Peking Duck dinner, or Hotpot or maybe Dim sum or Sichuan, just feel free to discuss with your tour guide, they will take you to the right place. 3: Night sightseeing tour with amazing night shows Enjoy amazing night shows such as Chinese acrobatic show, Kungfu show or Peking opera, followed by the night sightseeing tour with private transfer. 4: Night sightseeing tour with Hutong food tasting. Night tour plus Hutong food tasting is a great combination. Eat as the locals eat and see what the locals see on a food-focused walking tour through Hutong allays. Let your knowledgeable local guide know what your preferences are or follow their itinerary to ensure you sample the best that Beijing has to offer. Some food you might try on the way include Jianbing(Beijing pankage), Beijing snack sets, Muslim Kabobs, Malatang (hotpot), soup dumplings, and the famous Erguotou(liquor) in Beijing

Beijing Hutong Walk: Food & Beer Tour at Hidden Restaurants

2. Beijing Hutong Walk: Food & Beer Tour at Hidden Restaurants

Begin your foodie journey at Lama Temple metro station, where you'll meet your English-speaking guide and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure. Wander through 1.25 miles (2km) of Beijing's historic hutong alleyways, soaking in the city's past while taking delightful breaks to savor local bites. A highlight of the tour will be a stop at a hutong noodle shop that has earned our stamp of approval, where you'll taste the renowned "Beijing Noodles." This unique experience offers a perfect blend of cultural exploration and culinary delight. Continue your exploration by venturing into a hidden hutong alley, where an old-school restaurant awaits to serve you the best Beijing stir-fries, offering a taste of old Beijing's vibes and flavors. The journey doesn't stop there; embrace the culinary tradition brought by the Mongols to the heart of Beijing with a DIY Mongolian BBQ. Here, you'll have the opportunity to grill a variety of marinated meats and vegetables, promising an interactive and flavorful experience. Conclude your culinary adventure by sampling a dish favored by Empress Cixi, offered at one of the few Muslim diners in Beijing that still serves this rare cuisine, highlighting Beijing's endangered dishes. Your evening will end at a local craft brewery, where you can enjoy a pint of in-house brewed craft beer. This stop is especially favored by Beijing’s trendy and burgeoning middle class, offering a modern twist to the traditional flavors experienced throughout the tour. These carefully curated stops ensure a comprehensive exploration of Beijing's culinary landscape, from its historic roots to contemporary trends.

Beijing: Forbidden City Temple of Heaven with Hutong Tours

3. Beijing: Forbidden City Temple of Heaven with Hutong Tours

This amazing classic city tour of Beijing that includes both visiting the most popular attractions and also some small historic alleys. You will start your day from walking around the Tian'anmen Square, heading to Forbidden City, understanding the local life in the hutongs and end up your day by going to Temple of Heaven. Hotel transfer and entrance tickets are all included. You can choose different Language.

Hutongs of Ancient Beijing+Drum Tower+Local Snacks

4. Hutongs of Ancient Beijing+Drum Tower+Local Snacks

Nowadays, the images of cities are getting closer and similar globally. Hutongs are unique to Beijing, which are lanes and alleys typical in Beijing, like blood vessels, spread over every corner of the old city. But today we will take you to the best hutongs beside beautiful waters. While you are walking in the 300 to 700 hundred years Old hutongs, you will experience the real local life. Best choice to get the most uniqueness experience in Beijing: rickshaw puller carry you to go through the ancient alleyways. The rickshaw is a hooded tricycle, which is the ancient taxi for nobles and rich business people. When president Nixon came to visit China in 1972 with his wife, they really liked this unique experience wandering in the old alleyways beside the beautiful waters. We will also go to visit one local family to say “ni hao” to the locals, enjoy the free chatting with them. You will be welcomed to visit their traditional courtyard house, even you can see the kitchen and living room, etc 2:00PM: Tour guide meets all tourists from the Exit A2 of Shichahai subway station of Line 8. 2:00-2:30PM: Visit a Taoism temple beside the the Jing-hang canal and Wanning bridge built by Mongolian dynasty. To see what religion does Chinese young guys believe in and learn the local religion and the gods’ stories. 2:30-3:00PM: Walk beside the beautiful water to the Yandy Byway-ancient commercial street, some free time for you to try some local snacks, and to buy some souvenirs from the local stores. Options: Visit a local family, here you can talk to the local families and have a look at the layout of traditional courtyard house, bedroom, living and kitchen’s looking. It’s 2 people for one rickshaw for about 30 minutes. (200CNY for 2 participants) Walk through some hutongs to see the traditional courtyard houses for the rich and poor. Your guide will share interesting and meaningful stories with you. Walk to the Square located in between the Drum and Bell Towers, to learn the stories of Beijingers from old dynasties till now. Around 4:30-5:00PM, finish our walking tour.

Private Layover 2-way Transfer: to Beijing City/Great Wall

5. Private Layover 2-way Transfer: to Beijing City/Great Wall

Beijing offers 144 hour visa-free entry policy (54 nationalities) ! 24 hour visa-free entry policy for all nationalities! It allows foreigner to seize this opportunity for a layover travel experience in Beijing. Your private driver will hold a sign with your name on it and waiting you at the exit of the airport when you clear all of you luggages and track your arrival flight and keep track it's actual arrival time according to the flight number that you provide for us. Note: It takes about 1.5 hours from your flight (international) lands at Beijing airport to meet us at the meeting point. It includes such procedures as follow: 1. Flight land 2. Inspection & Quarantine (24-144 hour free visa application) 3. Baggage claim (could be a little bit ignored for layover passengers) 4. Customs inspection 5. Walk out of airport exit  & meet us Driver will help you with luggages and bring you to the parking lot to get on the vehicle and start your tour according to your booking option. You are optional choose our option to explore Beijing downtown highlights daytime or nighttime: Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, 798 art factory zone, Pearl Market, Hutongs Allays and Houhai Lake bar street, or Great Wall, or enjoy delicious Peking Duck..... You will be transferred back airport at the end of your tour.

Private Forbidden City with Hutong Food Walking Tours

6. Private Forbidden City with Hutong Food Walking Tours

Depart your hotel at the planning time, walk or take the public transportation to Tian’anmen Square. (Transportation is not included) The tour route: Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. You can visit the major palaces along central axis: Meridian Gate - Gate of Supreme Harmony - Hall of Supreme Harmony - Hall of Central Harmony - Hall of Preserved Harmony - Hall of Mental Cultivation - Hall for Ancestral Worship (Clock and Watch Hall) - Hall of Imperial Supremacy (Treasure Gallery) - Palace of Tranquil Longevity - Qianlong Garden - Well of Concubine Zhen - Gate of Divine Might. After that take taxi or Uber or subway (on your own cost) to start the tour with a nearly 50-year-old famous traditional Beijing snacks restaurant, you will taste over 15 kinds of old Beijing foods with local soda, tea or yogurt, and continue to a family-run local Beijingers - recommended restaurant to sample Beijing Wraps accompanied by soybean milk. Throughout the tour, local beer, local tea, local drinks, Chinese liquor (Baijiu) are unlimited provide, you are welcome to try all 15 kinds of food or some of them based on your stomach. Meanwhile wandering in the hutong area, our tour guide will also introduce the local life style and Chinese culture with you and help you gain knowledge of not only bout local food but also architecture and history. Your tour will be end and armed with recommendations for the rest of your trip and a happy and full stomach at Beixinqiao subway station.

Beijing: Nighttime Sightseeing Private Tour+Optional Supper

7. Beijing: Nighttime Sightseeing Private Tour+Optional Supper

Don’t waste your evening Beijing time in hotel: instead, discover the city’s after-dark highlights on a nighttime private tour with private guide and driver. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby, hop in your private vehicle, and head into the city landmark sights with lights and colors. Pick from numerous possible itineraries: see the National Center for the Performing Arts and Tiananmen Square; Qianmen street and food square; go for a hutong tour and taste Hutong food; enjoy traditional Peking roast duck or dumplings (food on your own expense); watch a famous Chinese acrobatic show and more. At tour’s end, return to your hotel.

Beijing: Panda House+City Attractions or Mutianyu Day Tour

8. Beijing: Panda House+City Attractions or Mutianyu Day Tour

Your private guide will meet you in your downtown hotel, start tour to the first stop Beijing Zoo Panda House to see the cutest Giant Panda. Depends on your visit time, you might see some Pandas are eating or sleeping The best moment is Panda playing time . Beside Giant Pandas, you also will see red panda which is called small panda. You will see other animals as well, such as: giraffe, tiger, golden monkey....... After morning zoo time, you will visit the Summer Palace or Mutianyu Great Wall or the Temple of Heaven or the Pearl Market or Beihan Park or Hutongs depends on your booking option: Summer Palace is an imperial garden in the Qing dynasty includes Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake, Seventeen Hole Bridge, Long Corridor and etc. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three-quarters of which is water. So far it’s considered as the largest and most well-preserved imperial garden in China. Great Wall of Mutianyu section is farther away from Beijing and more popular section, a stretch less crowded than the Badaling segment. It is considered as one of most famous Great Wall by the beautiful view in Beijing. Once you arrive at Mutianyu Great Wall, you can choose the return cable car or chairlift up and toboggan down the wall with fun. Temple of Heaven used to be the place where the emperors worshipped the God of Heaven 600 year ago. It is one of the ancient Chinese temples of its kind that still stand with supreme status integrity and characteristics. During the tour, you will visit the Circular Mound Altar and the Imperial Vault of Heaven, the knowledgeable tour guide will share relevant Chinese history and interesting stories with you and also make some curious experiments to help you understand better the design of the structures. You will also have the chance to see how local people entertain themselves in this park, such as: singing, square dancing, gymnastics, Jianzi game, etc,… and JOIN them if you want! Pearl Market is next to the Temple of Heaven,popular for souvenirs such as clothing, leather, jewelry, and electronics. Jingshan Park is a beautiful imperial garden park, a perfect place to take a bird view of whole Forbidden City on hill. Beihai Park: Kubla Khan in 1260 took up residence in this palac, it is a 168-acre park filled with historic buildings, restaurants with a lake today. Visit Jade Island, with its Buddhist temple and white pagoda, then continue north to see the famous Nine Dragon Screen, which is unique in China. Hutong: The soul of Beijing lies in its hutong, a web of narrow alleyways and single-story courtyard houses. Get a perspective that’s impossible to achieve independently on this private walking tour, which includes a meet-and-greet with a local family in their home. Note: Lunch will be Chinese style in local restaurant. After the full day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.

Beijing: In-Depth City Walking Private Tour

9. Beijing: In-Depth City Walking Private Tour

Optional and flexiable visit Jingshan Park, Lama Temple, Hutongs, Summer Palace, 798 art zone, Beihai Park and some shopping market and etc. Discuss with your guide and choose 3 to 4 sights to visit in 8 hours (entrance fees at your own expense). Hotel pickup and day transfer by subway&Uber is all included. This tour option NOT including Forbidden City. Beijing subway is new, clean, safe, fast an easy. This is a great chance to try China convient public transportation system. Options: 1: Jingshan park: you may just climb to the top of the park behind the Forbidden City which is called Jingshan Park. You can have the bird view of the Forbidden City as well as the whole city here if the weather is bright. 2:Lama Temple: After the wonderful morning actives you can take a lunch at the local Chinese restaurant and your private tour guide. After that you can visit the Lama Temple which is the biggest lamasery in Beijing and used to be the home for the Qing Emperor Yongzheng before he became emperor. Later it turns to a temple carries with Tibetan characters. Now you can see people go there and play their wishes. Monks also practices religious ceremonies during some festivals. 3:Pearl market: Shopping market, fun with price bargain. 4:Hutongs: Old beijing natives living way. 5:Beihai parks and other attractions. 6:Beijing Zoo for Panda house. 7:Prince Gong's Palace 8: Summer Palace 9: Bird Nest&Water Cube 10: 798 art zone. 10 options for you, you can design your own walking route. Your private guide will help you get entrance tickets during the tour. Your guide help you find a taxi or subway back hotel after the tour(cost is at your own expense)

Beijing: Ming Tombs&Sacred Way+Great Wall/Summer Palace Tour

10. Beijing: Ming Tombs&Sacred Way+Great Wall/Summer Palace Tour

Your private tour guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby in Beijing downtown. First visit to Ming Tombs-Ding Tomb. Ding tomb is one of the thirteenth emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Wanli, and his two empresses. The tomb is the only Ming Dynasty Tomb that has been excavated. Sacred Way, consists of the stone arches, the Great Red Gate, stone statues, etc. The most attractions are the vivid animal and human stone statues, totally 12 human figures and 24 animal figures. Your tour guide will give you an explication of the Ming Dynasty history and Chinese burial culture on the way. You may decide your afternoon tour during lunch served at a local restaurant for Chinese meal. Afternoon option 1: Summer Palace which is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. It was an imperial garden in the Qing dynasty. Spend some leisure time here to stroll around the courtyards with your tour guide and learn the history and stories behind. Afternoon option 2: Mutianyu Great Wall: which is farther away from Beijing and more popular section, a stretch less crowded than the Badaling segment. It is considered as one of most famous Great Wall by the beautiful view in Beijing. Once you arrive at Mutianyu Great Wall, you can choose the return cable car or chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Tips: more fun in Mutianyu section. Afternoon option 3: Juyongguan Great Wall Juyongguan Pass is one of the three major passes in the Great Wall which is considered as the north gateway to Beijing. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, fine stone carvings, old watchtowers and historial temples during hiking. Tips: Jurongguan Great Wall is not packed with crowded tourists. Afternoon option 4: Longqingxia Gorge Which located about 55 miles (90 km) north of downtown Beijing, flanked on both sides by green peaks and capped to the north by the Gucheng Reservoir, built in 1981. Longqingxia gorge owns peaceful and dramatic scenery of wooded mountains, curious stones, and karst caves. During a 1.5-hour cruise through the ravine, enjoy the view of passing attractions like Baihua (Hundred Flowers) Cave and the Shenxianyuan (Immortal garden) and Jingang temples afer cruise ride. Tips: Amazing four season views: beautifu green in spring and autumn, comfortable cool in summer, winter Ice Sculpture Lantern. After the full-day tour is finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel in downtown of Beijing.

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Justin was an incredible tour guide! He was a extremely knowledgeable about all the sites that we went too. He was patient and provided plenty of time for photography and videos. I strongly recommend anyone who is interested in seeing Old Beijing, Bird’s Nest, and any other places of interest with amazing nightlife to book this tour! You will not be disappointed.

It was the best Jack is the best. Don’t think to lose this. If you visit Beijing you have to go with this trip. They took me to the forbidden city and to the tumble of heaven and to the hontons a lot of places and they invite me for the lunch it’s with a private luxury Mercedes cars, I recommended absolutely

Everything went really well, people, have courage, 9 hours stay is enough for a tour to the wall. My driver was super nice, the car was new and well maintained. With the translator, communication worked quite well. An experience that is worth it, thank you very much 🙏

The Tour Guide Cindy was super nice and competent. She knows a lot about the history and can explan everything very clear. The organisation was super and the route was picked up very good. Would do it anytime again. I loved also seeing the pandas!

Both the guide and the driver were very good and attentive and the tour was ideal for those who only have a few days in Beijing. SPOILER: the city is wonderful and surprising