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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)

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Experience the authentic lifestyle of a Beijing local on this private tour. Interact closely with locals and ride a rickshaw through Old Beijing’s 'hutong' area, characterized by narrow alleyways surrounded by ancient courtyards. Visit the home of a local family and partake in traditional Chinese activities such as making dumplings, Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. You will also enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the ancient city from the top of the Drum Tower.


  • 5-hour cultural tour of Old Beijing with a private guide
  • Explore the city's hutongs (narrow, ancient streets) while riding a rickshaw
  • Climb the Drum Tower and enjoy incredible aerial views of the city
  • Visit a local family's home and learn how to make dumplings and enjoy these local delicacies for lunch
  • Our private tour provides an authentic Beijing experience with a fully customizable itinerary based solely on your personal interests

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What You Can Expect

Private Cultural Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride and Dumpling Making in Beijing

Beijing Drum Tower

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.

After an enriching, authentic Beijing experience, your guide will walk you back to the Drum Tower to conclude your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

We wish to advise that we all really enjoyed our tour today with your representative Emma. Emma was good at understanding and speaking English and we were able to ask her a lot of questions about china history which she knew well. She is very polite and caring and ensured our safety all the time. The richshaw driver was also so very kind. The meal in the family home was beautiful and how special it was to be welcomed by the family. We highly recommend the tour to any western travellers thoroughly enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Took my little boy and we had a great time:) Amy our guide was just wonderful!

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