4. 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.