Get an authentic sense of Chinese culture on this private tour of Beijing. After your private guide picks you up from your Beijing hotel, drive to the Drum Tower and hop into a traditional rickshaw and go for a ride through Beijing’s hutongs. These narrow alleyways lined by courtyard residences will give you an insider’s look into the lives of local families. Then, ascend the Drum Tower to see the large collection of drums from all over China and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the ancient city from the top. You may even catch an impressive 20-minute drum performance inside!
Next, visit the home of a local family living in a nearby hutong. Here, learn how to make authentic Chinese dumplings as you and your English-speaking guide chat with the family and hear about their lifestyle. After eating your homemade delicacies for lunch, the family will teach you traditional Chinese activities like calligraphy and paper cutting, giving you a greater understanding of traditional Chinese art.
Finally, follow your guide on a walk to a nearby tea house to participate in a traditional Chinese afternoon tea ceremony. Discover the more formal, ritualized way of making tea; learn about Chinese tea culture and history; and taste the different varieties of Chinese tea. After an enriching, authentic Beijing experience, your guide will walk you back to the Drum Tower to conclude your tour.