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Come to Hutong to Feel Ancient Beijing

Hutongs, characteristic and old city lanes in Beijing, surround the Forbidden City. Here, you have chance to feel the long history and traditional custom of Beijing. Almost 3,000 hutongs in Beijing, most of them shaped in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The main construction in hutongs is quadrangle courtyard which is composed of four rooms in east, west, south and north. It is symmetrical closed style construction. Since reforming and opening, many hutongs was destroyed and modern constructions were built. Although, the hutogns still covers 1/3 area of Beijing downtown, living almost half people. Not only past, but also now, hutong is still the residence of Beijingers.

Shi Cha Hai Area - old hutongs in Beijing

Shi Cha Hai is a famous historical and cultural scenic spot including Qianhai, Houhai, Xihai, well-preserved Prince Gong's Mansion, complex hutongs, and old Bell and Drum Tower. It called as the most representative hutong area. Entered Shi Cha Hai area from west of Guloudajie, you can see the clear outline of mountain from Yinding Bridge when the day is fun. It is one of the famous views of Beijing – Yingding Wanhshan. The both sides of Houhai has Prince Gong's Mansion, Former Residence of Guo Moruo, Former Residence of Song Qingling, Bell and Drum Tower, etc.

Broad View from Jingshan Park

Jingshan Mountain is the commanding height of Beijing. Standing on Jingshan Mountain, you can overlook the whole beautiful scenery of Beijing. The tall buildings out of 2nd Ring show the modern Beijing and the orderly hutongs in 2nd Ring show the ancient Beijing. No matter day or night, the famous Beijing old restaurants near Yinding Bridge can offer barbecue, sesame seed cakes and dishes. Tourists can have good cuisine in boat, the feelings of it is incomparable.

Here, I will give you some suggestions about Beijing classic tour.
Rickshaw in Hutong

1. Discover Old Beijing
By rickshaw to Houhai Yinding Bridge, you can appreciate the characteristic ordinary life, visit old hutongs, and enjoy the ancient quadrangle courtyard and residence family. This way, you have best chance to know about the hutongs, quadrangle courtyards and conditions of people in 2 hours.

2. Follow Steps of Old Beijing
By rickshaw to Drum Tower which is the time center of Beijing with 700 years history in Beijing city center. Climbing to the top of Drum Tower, we can overlook the old and new Beijing. Getting off at Yinding Bridge and wandering in hutongs, you can visit the residents freely. Continue to Prince Gong's Mansion to know about the luxury life of prince is one of the interesting things in this way. This kind of arrangement is welcome by tourists, can know about the history and current situations of Beijing in 2~3 hours.

We still have many kinds of routes to appreciate the most famous Beijing and discover the old Beijing.

Great Trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Olympic Stadium

My private one day trip makes me more understand about China, Beijing and its history. I am a foreign student which stayed and lived in Shanghai. I studied Mandarin for more than one year and that was my first time visit Beijing. I heard from my friends, if I want explore the Great Wall then Mutianyu is better, not too crowded and have its interesting toboggan ride. Because the transportation to Mutianyu is little difficult to find, is located outside the city so my friends and I, we were decided to take this one day trip for us.

Hiking Mutianyu Great Wall

The trip was well organized till the end, no problems ahead and really interesting. Our guide is really a friendly and informative person. She helped us a lot during the tour, all the time. The hiking in Mutianyu Great Wall was the highlight of our tour that day. We started climb the Wall with the guide and other friends. Hiked the Wall half way, we started to stop and rest a little bit. I recommended take the cable car from the start that will bring you to the top of the Wall. But we did not do it, so we wasted our energy and time on the Wall. Yeah, but however the trip to Great Wall was memorable and priceless. Come to China then Great Wall should not be missed.

The weather at the day was so coordinated and nice too. I was so lucky, seriously. We took so many pictures even more than hiking the Wall, but very fun though. A great escape from Beijing to the famous Great Wall. I am very satisfied with my experience and trip. The price that I spent with many friends were also so worth it.

Bird's Nest - Landmark of Beijing Olympics

Back to Beijing, we also did have a chance to enter the stadium of Olympic, Bird Nest. My friends and I, we entered the stadium for extra price 50 RMB, because it was not limited in the tour price. Tour guide gave us 45 minutes inside but I thought we explore more than 1 hour inside. Our guide waited for us about 30 minutes outside till finally went out to the stadium. We did feel little sorry for our guide and apologize for our late. So nice, she still waited for us. Oh, and the stadium itself, its interior architecture was really modern, complete with advanced facilities. At last, we want to thank you for everything done! Superb!

A trip to the Famous Lama Temple and Hutong!

I am living in Shanghai for more about 1 year and want to visit Beijing for the third time. That time I booked this private day trip with online service reservation 3 days before the tour day. I could say the whole day trip was organized and really accommodating. My family and I, especially my mom really satisfied with the itinerary. She loves a visit to the Lama Temple and also to the hutong, an old courtyard complex in Beijing.

Beautiful Architecture of Lama Temple

Walked up entered to the temple, we could see large groups of local people lighting incense and bowing. The environment around was peaceful and relaxing. The temple is small compared to the other sight in Beijing, but I thought it can be said big enough for the temple size. We even could not explore all the temple area, that such a pity! But it does not matter, we did see old architecture of the temple and learned so many history about the sight and culture. Lama Temple is one of the few Tibetan style temples in Beijing. The Buddha in the final courtyard was about sixty feet tall and housed in a very grand building. The Buddha statue was also listed by Guinness Book of World Record as the biggest on its kind. Tour guide could be personally designed our short important visit to this building before continued our trip to Hutong.

Hutong Rickshaw Tour

When we were in Hutong, we could see different layout of Beijing. Not a modern one, but the old historic one. We did take a rickshaw exploring the local Beijing residences, primary school, many famous old buildings and others. It was my first time took the ride and that was very interesting. My mom was also very enjoyed it.

Besides Hutong and Lama Temple, with this tour we also could visit Beijing Zoo (for a panda visit) and Olympic Stadium (memorized 2008 Beijing Olympic). A worth it tour which brought us visited many interesting attractions inside the city. If you are visit Beijing for the second or third time, this tour is great and ideal to join. At last, I am glad to come back to the capital again in the near future, seriously. Thank you so much for the service from your travel agency. Very professional and worth doing!

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