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

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

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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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 2014

My tour Guide Tony was very helpful and knowledgeable, he was also very friendly. Great tour, I especially enjoyed doing caligraphy with the local family and their little girl is beautiful. Thanl you to the family for hosting me.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We enjoyed the Hutoon Rickshaw ride and dumpling tour in Beijing. We appreciated the ability to confirm the tour by e-mail and the immediate response that our confirmation was received. Our tour guide, Annie, contacted us the night before to confirm the time and place to meet. The tour was wonderful and Annie helped a lot by her knowledge and lively conversation about the area. We appreciated the lunch. In addiiton, Annie was very helpful in being aware of my wife's dietary and walking problems and we really appreciate it. Just wanted to let you know we had a good tour and appreciated Annie's knowledge and helpfulness! R and A


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

hi there, just to let you know that the tour guides were great and we would use your company again.

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

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

Ed K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

I want to say we very much enjoyed out tour today with Daniel. The visit to the drum tower for drum beating at 9:30 was perfect. I have a poor heart and Daniel made sure I safely walked up. Thank you. Very much enjoyed visit with Mr. and Mrs. Liu for lunch. Please extend special thankyou to Daniel for his kind attention and service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

I would recommend this tour for an honest view of life in the Hutongs of Beijing. The tour is well planned, and takes place at a relaxed pace. The range of activities within the tour allows for a sampling of many aspects of Chinese culture. Links with local people are good, allowing for local interactions.

Marisa L.
United States of America

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Enjoy the tour very much and was a highlight of my stay in Beijing. Tour guide was fantastic! Meet me on time at my hotel, spoke very good English, professional and informative on the area. Tour guide had patience while we climbed the Drum Tower stairs and for this tourist taking lots of photos. Loved the visit to a home with doing Chinese crafts and enjoying lunch. Would highly recommend this tour in Beijing!

4 star rating: Recommended August 2012

It was a very good tour. Howard was so nice with us and with the chidren. The family where we were received for the lunch, dumpling was so friendly.

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