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  • Location:Beijing, China
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

Take a historical tour of Beijing’s narrow streets, known as hutongs, on a traditional rickshaw (a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers in addition to the driver). See the old Beijing that still exists for millions of people today, and visit the gardens at Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beijing’s largest and the best-preserved royal mansion of the Qing Dynasty. Then visit a local home to learn about Chinese life from a family.


  • Tour Beijing’s hutongs (old, narrow streets) by rickshaw
  • Climb up the Drum and Bell Tower for a bird's-eye view of old Beijing
  • Visit a local home to visit with a Chinese family
  • Sip on delicious Chinese tea at a local tea house
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Beijing Old Hutongs Tour by Rickshaw

Old Hutong Half-Day Tour in Beijing

Your three-hour Beijing hutongs tour by rickshaw starts at the Drum and Bell Tower.

As you travel the streets of old Beijing on a traditional rickshaw with a local guide, you will visit the magnificent gardens at Prince Gong's Mansion, Beijing's largest and the best-preserved royal residence of the Qing Dynasty. Prince Gong's Mansion is famous as one of Beijing's most scenic retreat sites, lined with rockeries, plants, pools, pavilions and corridors. Step back in time to ancient China as you relax in the garden.

Continue on a rickshaw and explore the old streets of Beijing. Get a taste of life in ancient China as you learn the communities built around the hutongs (narrow streets). These winding alleyways are hidden between the city's main streets and form the residential neighborhoods that make up old Beijing.

Your tour concludes with a visit to a local Chinese family home, where you’ll visit with the family. Meet with local people and chat with them to learn about their daily way of life. You'll have an authentic experience interacting with Chinese people.

Finish with a stop for refreshments at a local tea house. Sample different types of tea and discover each tea's distinctive taste.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fabulous trip. Great guide, wonderful sites. Only thing I would change is skipping the silk mall at the end.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide, William, was excellent and he could not have done more for us. Very professional and a delight to be with. The tour itself was excellent an a great insight into life before modern China and we highly recommend it. We have used Viator many times in many countries, and have never been disappointed. We have recommended Viator to many of our friends who have also been very impressed. Thank you for running a high quality, very reliable travel company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I had a great tour and overall experience. Being off-season (December 4), I ended up being the only one on the tour. My tour guide, Cynthia, did a great job combining a good bit of explanation and personal conversation. She was very colorful and enthusiastic, and a great tour guide. The driver was also good and worked very well with Cynthia. The hostess at the home-stop was very sweet and gracious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I enjoyed my tour through the old hutongs. My tour guide, Cherry, spoke English well and is very knowledgeable. I like that I was able to travel solo without having to pay a group price. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I really liked exploring the 'old' alleys of Beijing. I also liked seeing someone's home upclose, and I didn't feel pressured to purchase anything (though I did, after I saw her paint inside a bottle and she let us try it ourselves and it was impossible).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This tour was amazing. I learned so much about early Beijing life. My guide, Karlynn(spelling?). Was extremely accommodating and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

The Hutong tour was our first tour of Beijing and it was much more than we expected. Jason was our guide and he provided an excellent tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

An enjoyable morning in the "old" part of Beijing. One on one with Guide, Cherry, which added to the experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Our tour was terrific! The guide at the Hutongs was very good. She included additional information and her English was also very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2010

It could not have been a better experience. We had Micheal as our guide, he was patient and kind and had a good sense of humor.They we always on time and thorough. In fact so much info we couldn't rememeber all of it. We felt comfortable and extremely satisfied with how we got exactly what we had signed up for. We would highly recomend Viator!!!
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