People say that the real culture of Beijing is the culture of the Hutong and Courtyards. Follow an excellent local guide and visit the most distinctive ones like Nanluoguxiang Hutong and Yandai Byway, attracting thousands of tourists from home and abroad.
What to Expect
This half-day Beijing Hutong tour starts at 8:00am to 1:00pm, around 4-hours will be needed so please indicate your preferred starting time while make the booking, your local guide will pick you up from your Beijing downtown hotel at the appointed time.
You will firstly visit the 800-meter long south-north Nanluoguxiang Hutong (South Gong and Drum Lane), which is lined with numerous trendy bars, yummy restaurants, unique hostels, lively themed stores and iterant vendors. Then, take a Hutong Rickshaw to an old courtyard where you will have a local family visit. With the help of a professional local guide, you will have a detailed explanation of the old courtyard (Siheyuan), like history, layout, Fengshui and traditional Chinese culture.
Continue to visit the 67-meter high and two-story Drum Tower and have a bird's eye view of the surrounding communities of Hutongs and Courtyard. Walk along the 800 year-old hutong of Yandai Byway (Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street), pass through the Yinding Bridge - a narrow channel joining Qianhai Lake and the Houhai Lake and wander along Qianhai Lake circled by the former palaces of ministers, temples and well-kept courtyards while feeling Beijing's traditional architecture, long history and Chinese culture.
This half-day trip ends at Hehua Market Decorated Archway, the tour guide will transfer you back to the hotel or you may remain in Houhai Bar area for more time on your own.
- Private air-conditioned car/van
- Licensed professional driver
- Professional tour guide
- Entrance fee
- Bottled water
- Fuel surcharge and tax
- Hotel pickup & drop-off service