Rickshaw and Walking Trip with a Home-Visit in the Hutongs
After lunch, ride to the old hutong area with your guide and take a rickshaw through the 300-year old hutongs.
A rickshaw is the best way to explore the hutongs as it will help you to stay away from the crowds of tourists. You will stop at several places on the way for your guide’s presentation and a photo opportunity. The Trippest kiosk will provide you with bottles of water to ensure a comfortable journey in the hutongs.
After a rickshaw trip to the big, busy streets, sneak into the hutong alleyways toward the Drum and Bell Towers. From there, make your way down the bustling street east of the Drum Tower towards Nanluoguxiang, which is a vibrant snack street lined with snacks from Beijing, other parts of China, and the world, as well as boutique shops.
After walking there, snake your way through more hutongs, checking out the details of the traditional homes in these neighborhoods, which will give you a clearer picture of life in “Old Beijing”. Next, walk towards the Shichahai Lake area, through the former inner city’s only curved street, and wander along the banks of the lake past lively bars and restaurants.
You will also get the chance to walk into and see a restored traditional hutong courtyard residence, called a siheyuan.
Good to know:
- We avoid traffic jams and the busiest crowds in the hutongs by visiting in the afternoon. This way you can have the chance to view a beautiful avenue in the 300-year old hutongs, which is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. It is also the best time for taking good photos.
- There are many sights, sounds, and certainly smells to take in at all times in this bustling city. This is particularly true in the hutongs. The small lanes boast interesting histories and connect historical attractions like the Drum and Bell Towers to Houhai Lake. The route has been planned to incorporate all of these sights, and being accompanied by a knowledgeable, English-speaking Chinese guide makes the experience all the richer. Plus, you get to visit a siheyuan courtyard. This is a great tour for those who want to take Beijing in at a comfortable pace, and has been planned so that you will see something new and exciting, with detailed descriptions and information from your guide, along the entire journey.
- Trippest has set up a Refreshments Kiosk in the middle of the hutongs. Our customers will receive free drinking water at the service site.